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August 24th

August 24th is the 236th day of the year (237th day in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 129 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this page, we have placed information about August 24th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on August 24th

1759 William Wilberforce (British politician - leading abolitionist, opposed the slave trade)

1899 Jorge Luis Borges (writer)

1915 James Tiptree Jr. (Science-Fiction author)

1929 Yasser Arafat (Palestinian leader)

Yasser Arafat

1945 Ken Hensley (singer - Uriah Heep)

1948 Orson Scott Card (author)

1955 Mike Huckabee (US politician)

1957 Stephen Fry (actor, comedian, TV presenter, film director, author, journalist, playwright, poet, screenwriter)

1958 Steve Guttenberg (actor)

1973 David Chapelle (comedian, actor, writer, producer)

August 24th in History

410 Visigoths pillage Rome.

1456 Printing of the Gutenberg Bible completed.

Johannes Gutenberg

1690 Calcutta is founded in India.

1814 British troops burn the White House.

1891 Thomas Alva Edison patents the motion picture camera.

Thomas Edison

1902 Carlo Gambino (gangster)

1912 Alaska becomes a US Territory.

Alaska Flag

1949 NATO treaty goes into effect.


1954 The American Communist Party is banned.

1967 Yippies led by Abbie Hoffman disrupt trading on NYSE by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery.

1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Soviet communist party,

Mikhail Gorbachev

1991 Ukraine declares its independence from the Soviet Union.

1992 South Korea and the People's Republic of China establish formal diplomatic relations.

1995 Microsoft releases Windows 95.

2006 International Astronomical Union redefines "planet" so that Pluto is no longer considered a "planet" but instead a "dwarf planet".


August 24th is also

Feast of Saint Bartholomew (Catholicism)

Saint Bartholomew

Independence Day (Ukraine)

Flag Day (Liberia)


People born on August 24th are Virgo


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