About August 24

August 24, 2021 is the 236th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

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Virgo is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 161 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 24

  • 49 BC
    Julius Caesar’s general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture.
  • 410
    The Visigoths under king Alaric I begin to pillage Rome.
  • 1391
    Jews are massacred in Palma de Mallorca.
  • 1662
    The Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.
  • 1690
    Job Charnock of the East India Company establishes a factory in Calcutta, an event formerly considered the founding of the city (in 2003 the Calcutta High Court ruled that the city has no birthday).
  • 1815
    The modern Constitution of the Netherlands is signed.
  • 1820
    Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal.
  • 1831
    Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle.
  • 1870
    The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
  • 1898
    Count Muravyov, Foreign Minister of Russia presents a rescript that convoked the First Hague Peace Conference.
  • 1902
    A statue of Joan of Arc is unveiled in Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier.
  • 1909
    Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.
  • 1929
    Second day of two-day Hebron massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attacks on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, result in the death of 65-68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city.
  • 1931
    France and the Soviet Union sign a neutrality/no attack treaty.
  • 1933
    The Crescent Limited train derails in Washington, D.C., after the bridge it is crossing is washed out by the 1933 Chesapeake–Potomac hurricane.
  • 1941
    Adolf Hitler orders the cessation of Nazi Germany’s systematic T4 euthanasia program of the mentally ill and the handicapped due to protests, although killings continue for the remainder of the war.
  • 1963
    Don Schollander swims the 200-metre freestyle in less than 2 minutes for the first time, in a world record time of 1:58.
  • 1991
    Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 2004
    Eighty-nine passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions are caused by suicide bombers (reportedly female) from the Russian Republic of Chechnya.
  • 2006
    The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term “planet” such that Pluto is now considered a Dwarf Planet.

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