August is the eighth month of the year in our modern-day Gregorian calendar. In older versions of the ancient Roman calendar, August was the sixth month of the year. August was previously called Augustus Caesar in Latin as it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar. It became the eighth month when January and February were added to the calendar.
August was originally Augustus mensis, the sixth month of the year in the Roman calendar and consisted of 31 days. Its name was changed during the Julian calendar reform in 45 BCE to honour Julius Caesar.
According to Gregory calendar, the day number is 365 in a year and if it is a leap year then the day number is 366. August 24 has its own special significance in India and world history.
In modern times, August has 31 days. It is considered the busiest time for tourism because it falls in the main school summer holiday period.
The page contains not only Important historical events but also famous birthdays and deaths each day. Search what happened today in Indian history and world history.
Here you will find some important events that happened today in Indian and world History on August 24. Read on to know more about this day.
List of Important Historical events of 24 August:
- 1215: Pope Innocent III outlaws Britain’s historic Magna Carta.
- 1456: The first copy of the Bible is printed in Germany from Chharamsheen. It is also known as the Gutenberg Bible.
- 1456: The earliest known version of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Raj book on a printing press, was completed.
- 1482: The border town of Anglo-Scottish Wars-Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Border Castle were captured by the English Army.
- 1600: The first ship of the East India Company ‘Hector’ reached the coast of Surat.
- 1690: Job Carnock laid the foundation of the city of Calcutta (now Kolkata).
- 1814: In the War of 1812, the British Army attacked Washington, DC, setting fire to various US government buildings, now including the White House.
- 1816: Treaty of St. Louis signed at St. Louis, Missouri.
- 1820: A constitutional rebellion ends in Oporto Portugal.
- 1821: The Treaty of Córdoba was signed in Córdoba, Veracruz, ratified Iguala’s plan and concluded Mexico’s independence struggle.
- 1853: First-time New York chef George Krum made potato chips.
- 1857: The terror of 1857 was one of the most severe economic crises in US history.
- 1857: New York City branch of Ohio Life Insurance and TrustCo. Demolished after extensive embezzlement, causing a serious crisis, causing nearly 5,000 businesses to fail.
- 1889: The predominantly Maori New Zealand natives football team played the longest match in rugby union strike in the last match of their 107-game tour.
- 1892: Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, one of the first built football grounds in the world.
- 1908: Sultan Abdulaziz of Morocco is discouraged after much conflict, and his brother Abd al-Hafid succeeded Morocco
- 1910: ITC Limited purchased the third largest tobacco company in Kolkata, India.
- 1925: Social reformer Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar died.
- 1926: Pavlos Kuntoriotis was sworn in as President of Greece.
- 1941: Adolf Hitler orders the official termination of the mentally ill and handicapped T4euthanasia program, although he is secretly murdered for the remainder of the war.
- 1942: World War II bombers aboard the World War II aircraft carrier Saratoga sank the Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo near the Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands, for the Allied victory.
- 1963: Buddhist crisis – US State Department orders Ambassador South Cabot Lodge, Jr. to encourage South Vietnamese army officers to take out Ngo Dinh Diem if he voluntarily removes Ngo Dinh Nu from his position of power.
- 1966: U.S.S.R launches Luna 11 to orbit around the Moon.
- 1968: After the first hydrogen bomb exploded, France became the fifth largest nuclear power in the world.
- 1969: V.V. Giri became the fourth President of India.
- 1971: India defeated England by four wickets in the Oval Cricket Test match and recorded their first win on earth.
- 1973: Eastern encephalitis of the horse and a disease infecting the brain of the horse have killed 50 horses in Maas and surrounding states. The cause of the disease is the insecticide, malathion, which is spread over thousands of acres to kill mosquitoes.
- 1974: Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed becomes the fifth President of India.
- 1992: China and South Korea establish diplomatic relations.
- 1992: Hurricane Andrew created the third most powerful Category 5 system in South Florida, designed to hit the United States during the 20th decade.
- 1995: Microsoft Windows-95 began selling.
- 1995: Microsoft releases Windows 95.
- 1998: The first RFID human implantation test in the United Kingdom.
- 2004: Nearly 90 people died after suicide bombers attacked bombers flying out of Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.
- 2005: Massive flooding evacuated thousands of people in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
- 2006: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) first coined the term ‘planet’ and announced that Pluto was no longer part of our solar system, declaring it as a ‘dwarf planet’. At a meeting in Prague, 2,500 scientists decided by vote that Pluto would no longer be considered a planet in the scientific community.
- 2006: The International Astronomical Union redefines ‘Planet’, re-classifying Pluto as a dwarf planet because it did not see the neighbourhood around its orbit.
- 2008: Protesters in the Indian state of West Bengal ‘siege’ the factory producing Tata Nano, so that there is a struggle over the acquisition of land.
- 2009: Around 200 children are killed and around 900 are hospitalized due to the disease, Japanese Encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh, India.
- 2010: India announced plans to excavate group Vedanta to remove bauxite in Orissa due to environmental concerns.
- 2011: Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple Inc. Tim Cook takes over as CEO of the company.
- 2012: The United States Anti-Doping Agency says it will refuse former professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong for life and suggest that his record be stripped of seven Tour de France titles.
- 2012: American cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
- 2014: Hollywood veteran actor Sir Richard Attenbra passed away.
- 2015: American football player and coach Charlie Coffee passed away.
Famous birthdays and birth anniversaries on this day
- 1833: Narmad, the creator of the Gujarati language, was born.
- 1888: Bal Gangadhar Kher, the famous national leader of India, was born.
- 1889: The famous nationalist leader of Kerala, freedom fighter and social reformer K. Kelappan was born.
- 1908: Freedom fighter Rajguru was born.
- 1911: Bina Das, one of the women revolutionaries of India, was born.
- 1912: Chandrasingh Birkali, the most famous nature lover poet of modern Rajasthan, was born.
- 1922: Howard Zinn, the American social activist and historian, was born.
- 1927: Deepti Sharma, the Indian woman cricketer, was born.
- 1927: Anjali Devi, an Indian actress and film producer was born.
Death anniversaries of famous people in India and the world
- 1925: Ramkrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, a social reformer, died.
- 1968: Radhakamal Mukherjee, a noted scholar of modern Indian culture and sociology, died.
- 2000: Kalyanji, the famous composer of Hindi films, died.