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

  • 69
    Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeat the forces of Emperor Vitellius.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 1912
    First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Serbian victory.
  • 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).
  • 1926
    Harry Houdini’s last performance, which is at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
  • 1929
    “Black Thursday” stock market crash on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 1945
    Founding of the United Nations
  • 1946
    A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
  • 1949
    The cornerstone of the United Nations Headquarters is laid.
  • 1954
    Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States support to South Vietnam
  • 1973
    Yom Kippur War ends
  • 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.)
  • 1980
    The government of Poland legalizes Solidarity trade union
  • 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.
  • 2002
    Police arrest spree killers John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, ending the Beltway sniper attacks in the area around Washington, DC.
  • 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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