August 24 holidays in 2017

Holiday nameHoliday locationHoliday type
National ParksĀ“ Day
Costa RicaObservance
Independence Day
UkraineNational Holiday
Flag Day
LiberiaPublic Holiday
Ganesh Chaturthi
United StatesHindu Holiday
Pluto Demoted Day
Multiple CountriesUnofficial
National Waffle Day
United States

Historical Events

  • 1456: The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is finished.
  • 1482: An English army captures the town and castle of Berwick upon Tweed.
  • 1561: The duchess Anna of Saxony is wed to Willem of Orange.
  • 1682: An area that is now known as the State of Delaware is received by William Penn who adds it to his holdings in Pennsylvania.
  • 1781: An American Indian force ambushes a small militia out of Pennsylvania and overwhelmes them. This causes George Rogers Clark to scrap his plans to attack Detroit.
  • 1812: During the Peninsular War, a coalition composed of British, Portuguese and Spanish forces force the lifting of an almost three year long siege of Cadiz.
  • 1814: Washington D.C is invaded by British forces and many Washington buildings, including the White House, is set on fire.
  • 1816: The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in Portage des Sioux, Missouriā€”just north of St.Louis.
  • 1857: The Panic of 1857 starts.
  • 1870: The Wolseley expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
  • 1875: Captain Matthew Webb became the first person to swim the English Channel.
  • 1891: Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera.
  • 1898: Count Muravyov, Foreign Minister of Russia presents a rescript that convoked the First Hague Peace Conference.
  • 1909: The pouring of concrete for the Panama Canal begins on this day.
  • 1914: German troops capture Namur during WWI.
  • 1914: The Battle of Cer ends during WWI.
  • 1931: Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the U.S non-stop from L.A to Newark, New Jersey.
  • 1944: Allied forces began the attack on the city of Paris, France.
  • 1949: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization goes into effect.
  • 1950: Edith Sampson becomes the first ever African-American United States delegate to the U.N.
  • 1995: Microsoft releases the operating system Windows 95 in North America.
  • 1998: The first RFID (radio-frequency identification) implanted in humans is tested in the U.K.

Famous Birthdays

  • American actor Steve Guttenberg is born in 1958
  • American author Chris Offutt is born in 1958.
  • English social worker and politician Meg Munn is born in 1959.
  • American baseball player Cal Ripken Jr. is born in 1960.
  • English actor Jared Harris is born in 1961.
  • American journalist Major Garret is born in 1962.