What happened this day in history October 24

What are the important events that happened on October 24? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 24: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 24 is the 298th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 68 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is October 11, 2024 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 480,480 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaenneacontaoctagon’ day.

Scorpio is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 97 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 4,325 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 24 Historical Events

  • 1648
    The Peace of Westphalia is signed, marking the end of the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1795
    Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia
  • 1861
    The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
  • 1964
    Northern Rhodesia gains independence from the United Kingdom and becomes the Republic of Zambia (Southern Rhodesia remained a colony until the next year, with the Unilateral Declaration of Independence)
  • 1986
    Nezar Hindawi is sentenced to 45 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down by a British court, for the attempted bombing on an El Al flight at Heathrow. After the verdict, the United Kingdom breaks diplomatic relations with Syria, claiming that Hindawi is helped by Syrian officials.
  • 1990
    Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti reveals to the Italian parliament the existence of Gladio, the Italian “stay-behind” clandestine paramilitary NATO army, which was implicated in false flag terrorist attacks implicating communists and anarchists as part of the strategy of tension from the late 1960s to early 1980s.
  • 2003
    Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
  • 2005
    Hurricane Wilma makes landfall in Florida resulting in 35 direct 26 indirect fatalities and causing $20.6B USD in damage.
  • 2007
    Chang'e 1, the first satellite in the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, is launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
  • 2008
    “Bloody Friday” saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.

Who were born on October 24?

  • 1855
    James S. Sherman, American politician & 27th Vice President of the United States (d. 1912)
  • 1909
    Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)
  • 1923
    Denise Levertov, English-born poet (d. 1997)
  • 1926
    Y. A. Tittle, American football player
  • 1935
    Malcolm Bilson, American pianist and music professor
  • 1943
    Bill Dundee, American professional wrestler
  • 1950
    Steven Greenberg, American composer (Lipps Inc.)
  • 1960
    Joachim “Jo” Winkelhock, German race car driver
  • 1970
    Jeff Mangum, American musician
  • 1976
    Matteo Mazzantini, Italian rugby player

Who died on October 24?

  • 996
    King Hugh Capet of France (b. 938)
  • 1375
    King Valdemar IV of Denmark (b. c.1320)
  • 1601
    Tycho Brahe, Danish astronomer (b. 1546)
  • 1972
    Claire Windsor, American actress (b. 1897)
  • 1989
    Jerzy Kukuczka, Polish mountaineer (b. 1948)
  • 1997
    Don Messick, American voice actor (b. 1926)
  • 2004
    Ricky Hendrick, American race car team owner (b. 1980)
  • 2006
    Enolia McMillan, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
  • 2008
    Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • 2010
    Joseph Stein, American playwright (b. 1912)

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