October 24: Day of the Week
October 24, 2020 is the 298th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 68 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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Here’s the October calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Scorpio is the zodiac 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.
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October 24 Historical Event(s)
- 1147After a siege of 4 months crusader knights led by Afonso Henriques reconquered Lisbon.
- 1812Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Maloyaroslavets takes place near Moscow.
- 1861The First Transcontinental Telegraph line across the United States is completed, spelling the end for the 18-month-old Pony Express.
- 1912First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo concludes with the Serbian victory.
- 1944World War II: The Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku, and the battleship Musashi are sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
- 1947Walt Disney testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee, naming Disney employees he believes to be communists.
- 1957The USAF starts the X-20 Dyna-Soar program.
- 1964Northern 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)
- 1977Veterans 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.)
- 1998Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
Who were born on October 24?
- 1561Anthony Babington, Leader of the Babington Plot (d. 1586)
- 1909Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)
- 1920Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician (d. 1996)
- 1935Malcolm Bilson, American pianist and music professor
- 1940Martin Campbell, New Zealand film director
- 1943Corky Siegel, American musician, singer-songwriter, and composer
- 1944Ray Downs American author and musician
- 1974Jamal Mayers, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1979Ben Gillies, Australian musician (Silverchair)
- 1983Brian Vickers, American race car driver
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