About October 24

October 24, 2021 is the 297th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 68 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Scorpio is the sun 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 100 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 24

  • 1147
    After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon.
  • 1260
    Saif ad-Din Qutuz, Mamluk sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, who seizes power for himself.
  • 1260
    The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France; the cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • 1360
    The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.
  • 1795
    Partitions of Poland: The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is completely divided among Austria, Prussia, and Russia
  • 1851
    William Lassell discovers the moons Umbriel and Ariel (moon) orbiting Uranus.
  • 1857
    Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, is founded in Sheffield, England.
  • 1901
    Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
  • 1917
    Battle of Caporetto; Italy suffers a catastrophic defeat by the forces of Austria-Hungary and Germany on the Austro-Italian front of World War I (lasts until 19 November - also called Twelfth Battle of the Isonzo).
  • 1929
    “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 1930
    A bloodless coup d'état in Brazil ousts Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, the last President of the First Republic. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas is then installed as “provisional president.”
  • 1949
    The cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters is laid.
  • 1960
    Nedelin catastrophe: An R-16 ballistic missile explodes on the launch pad at the Soviet Union’s Baikonur Cosmodrome space facility, killing over 100. Among the dead is Field Marshal Mitrofan Nedelin, whose death is reported to have occurred in a plane crash
  • 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)
  • 1977
    Veterans Day is observed on the fourth Monday in October for the seventh and last time. (The holiday is once again observed on November 11 beginning the following year.)
  • 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.
  • 2002
    Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.
  • 2003
    Concorde makes its last commercial flight.
  • 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.

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