Everything that happened on 24 August is highlighted in the blog below.
What were the major events and challenges of this day? Who all people gave their contribution?
What happened on 24 August?
History and famous personalities
History – International
2016 – Central Italy Earthquake
On August 24, 2016, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 strikes Central Italy, killed 299 people, injured 388 and 4500 were homeless.
2008 – Iraq Suicide Bombing
On August 24, 2008, a suicide bombing in a part of Baghdad, Iraq killed 25 people and injured another 30. The attack was believed to be carried out by Al-Queda against Sunni Awakening groups.
2006 – Space Pluto “Dwarf Planet”
On August 24, 2006, The International Astronomical Union (IAU) defined the term “planet” for the first time and declared that Pluto was no longer the Solar System’s the ninth planet, considering as a “dwarf planet.”
1992 – The U.S.A. Hurricane Andrew
On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew with winds over 150 MPH ravages Southern Florida destroying 85,000 homes, killing 38 people and estimated costs damage of 27.3 billion dollars.
1932 – The first woman to make a transcontinental flight
On August 24, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a transcontinental flight when she landed at the Newark Airport in New Jersey after a 19-hour flight from Los Angeles, CA.
Births – International
Composer Stephen Paulus
On August 24, 1949, Stephen Paulus, an American composer was born. He was best known for his operas and choral music.
Author Orson Scott Card
On August 24, 1951, Orson Scott Card, an American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist, and columnist was born. He won the ALA Margaret Edwards Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Mormon writers at the Whitney Awards.
Cricketer Ronnie Grieveson
On August 24, 1909, Ronnie Grieveson, a South African cricketer was born. He was a right-handed a middle-order batsman and a wicketkeeper. He also served in the War, reaching the rank of major and being awarded the OBE.
Actor Rupert Grint
Born on August 24, 1988, Rupert Grint, an English actor and producer was born. He starred in all eight Harry Potter films and won many accolades.
Singer Louis Prima
On August 24, 1910, Louis Prima, an American singer, actor, songwriter, bandleader, and trumpeter was born. He touched on various genres throughout his career like Jazz, swing, traditional pop, jump blues, big band, etc.
History – Indian
2019 – PM Narendra Modi receives Order of Zayed
On August 24, 2019, Indian PM Narendra Modi received the Order of Zayed, the United Arab Emirates’ highest civilian honour, during a visit to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries from the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.
2008 – Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati killed in Odisha Violence
On August 24, 2008, Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a hard-line Hindu leader, was killed in the eastern state of Orissa in violence between Hindus and Christians that left dozens dead.
2008 – Encephalitis Outbreak in Uttar Pradesh
On August 24, 2008, the death toll from an outbreak of encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh has increased to 178 people, with more than 60 deaths reported in the past five days.
2004 – Strike by truckers
On August 24, 2004, a 4-day strike by truckers over a new tax paralyzed the movement of goods. Employees of state-owned banks launched a strike overpay.
2000 – Torrential rain in Andhra Pradesh
On August 24, 2000, 49 people were killed following torrential rains in Andhra Pradesh.
Births – Indian
Actress Anjali Devi
On August 24, 1927, Anjali Devi, an Indian actress, model and producer was born. She won many accolades like Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu, ANR National Award and many others.
Actress Aditi Sharma
On August 24, 1984, Aditi Sharma, an Indian actress was born. She appeared in many films as well as television shows.
On August 24, 1833, Narmad, a Gujarati poet, playwright, essayist, orator, lexicographer and reformer under the British Raj was born. He is considered to be the founder of modern Gujarati literature and his poem Jai Jai Garavi Gujarat is now the state anthem of Gujarat state of India.
Cricketer Poonam Yadav
On August 24, 1991, Poonam Yadav, an Indian cricketer was born. ShShe became India’s highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals in September 2018.
Singer Geetha Madhuri
On August 24, 1989, Geetha Madhuri, an Indian playback singer and dubbing artist was born. She has recorded more than 550 songs for various films and albums and called as South Indian Shreya Ghoshal.
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