About August 24

August 24, 2020 is the 237th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 172 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 24

  • 1215
    Pope Innocent III declares Magna Carta invalid.
  • 1456
    The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed.
  • 1682
    William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
  • 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).
  • 1812
    Peninsula War: A coalition of Spanish, British, and Portuguese forces succeed in lifting the two-and-a-half-year-long Siege of Cádiz.
  • 1814
    British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.
  • 1820
    Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal.
  • 1831
    Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle.
  • 1857
    The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history.
  • 1898
    Count Muravyov, Foreign Minister of Russia presents a rescript that convoked the First Hague Peace Conference.
  • 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
    Resignation of the United Kingdom’s Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government.
  • 1932
    Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
  • 1944
    World War II: Allied troops begin the attack on Paris.
  • 1949
    The treaty creating NATO goes into effect.
  • 1981
    Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.
  • 1991
    Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 1992
    Hurricane Andrew makes landfall just south of Miami as a Category 5 hurricane.
  • 1998
    First RFID human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • 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.

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