August 24 Holidays, Events & Observances

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August 24 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are August 24 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; August 24 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on August 24.

August 24 holidays and observances
August 24 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in August, international holidays in August 24, national days in August 24. Some major August 24 national day and International holidays list in August calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore August 24 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of August 24 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on August 24, notable events, national days in August 24, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on August 24 globally.

Month of August

August, eighth month of the Gregorian calendar. It was named for the first Roman emperor, Augustus Caesar, in 8 BCE. Its original name was Sextilus, Latin for “sixth month,” indicating its position in the early Roman calendar.

Holidays in August

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word august refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

August kicks off with Caribbean celebrations in honor of Emancipation Day, which memorializes abolition within the British Empire, a process that began with the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. Many Caribbean countries honor emancipation on either August 1 or the first Monday in August.

In August, you can choose to celebrate a favorite fruit (Watermelon Day is Aug. 3), a beverage (International Beer Day is Aug. 6), or oysters (they have their own commemorative day on Aug. 5).

August is also special month for Leos (those born between July 23 and August 22) and Virgos (those born between August 23 and September 22).

August 24 holidays and observances
August 24 Holidays and Observances

August 24 Holidays, National Day

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

Events

Events

Pre-1600

  • 79 – Traditional date of Eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD
  • 367 – Gratian, son of Roman Emperor Valentinian I, is named co-Augustus at the age of eight by his father.
  • 394 – The Graffito of Esmet-Akhom, the latest known inscription in Egyptian hieroglyphs, is written.
  • 410 – The Visigoths under king Alaric I begin to pillage Rome.
  • 1185 – Sack of Thessalonica by the Normans.
  • 1200 – King John of England, signer of the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angoulême in Angoulême Cathedral.
  • 1215 – Pope Innocent III issues a bull declaring Magna Carta invalid.
  • 1349 – Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague.
  • 1482 – The town and castle of Berwick upon Tweed is captured from Scotland by an English army.
  • 1516 – The Ottoman Empire under Selim I defeats the Mamluk Sultanate and captures present-day Syria at the Battle of Marj Dabiq.
  • 1561 – Willem of Orange marries duchess Anna of Saxony.

1601-1900

  • 1608 – The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.
  • 1643 – A Dutch fleet establishes a new colony in the ruins of Valdivia in southern Chile.
  • 1662 – The Act of Uniformity requires England to accept the Book of Common Prayer.
  • 1682 – William Penn receives the area that is now the state of Delaware, and adds it to his colony of Pennsylvania.
  • 1690 – Job Charnock of the East India Company establishes a factory in Calcutta, an event formerly considered the founding of the city (in 2003 the Calcutta High Court ruled that the city’s foundation date is unknown).
  • 1743 – The War of the Hats: The Swedish army surrenders to the Russians in Helsinki, ending the war and starting Lesser Wrath.
  • 1781 – American Revolutionary War: A small force of Pennsylvania militia is ambushed and overwhelmed by an American Indian group, which forces George Rogers Clark to abandon his attempt to attack Detroit.
  • 1789 – The first naval battle of the Svensksund began in the Gulf of Finland.
  • 1812 – Peninsular War: A coalition of Spanish, British, and Portuguese forces succeed in lifting the two-and-a-half-year-long Siege of Cádiz.
  • 1814 – British troops invade Washington, D.C. and during the Burning of Washington the White House, the Capitol and many other buildings are set ablaze.
  • 1815 – The modern Constitution of the Netherlands is signed.
  • 1816 – The Treaty of St. Louis is signed in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1820 – Constitutionalist insurrection at Oporto, Portugal.
  • 1821 – The Treaty of Córdoba is signed in Córdoba, now in Veracruz, Mexico, concluding the Mexican War of Independence from Spain.
  • 1857 – The Panic of 1857 begins, setting off one of the most severe economic crises in United States history.
  • 1870 – The Wolseley expion reaches Manitoba to end the Red River Rebellion.
  • 1898 – Count Muravyov, Foreign Minister of Russia presents a rescript that convoked the First Hague Peace Conference.

1901-present

  • 1909 – Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.
  • 1911 – Manuel de Arriaga is elected and sworn in as the first President of Portugal.
  • 1914 – World War I: German troops capture Namur.
  • 1914 – World War I: The Battle of Cer ends as the first Allied victory in the war.
  • 1929 – Second day of two-day Hebron massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attacks on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, result in the death of 65–68 Jews; the remaining Jews are forced to flee the city.
  • 1931 – Resignation of the United Kingdom’s Second Labour Government. Formation of the UK National Government.
  • 1932 – Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop (from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey).
  • 1933 – The Crescent Limited train derails in Washington, D.C., after the bridge it is crossing is washed out by the 1933 Chesapeake–Potomac hurricane.
  • 1936 – The Australian Antarctic Territory is created.
  • 1937 – Spanish Civil War: the Basque Army surrenders to the Italian Corpo Truppe Volontarie following the Santoña Agreement.
  • 1937 – Spanish Civil War: Sovereign Council of Asturias and León is proclaimed in Gijón.
  • 1941 – The Holocaust: Adolf Hitler orders the cessation of Nazi Germany’s systematic T4 euthanasia program of the mentally ill and the handicapped due to protests, although killings continue for the remainder of the war.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Battle of the Eastern Solomons. Japanese aircraft carrier Ryūjō is sunk, with the loss of seven officers and 113 crewmen. The US carrier USS Enterprise is heavily damaged.
  • 1944 – World War II: Allied troops begin the attack on Paris.
  • 1949 – The treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization goes into effect.
  • 1950 – Edith Sampson becomes the first black U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
  • 1954 – The Communist Control Act goes into effect, outlawing the American Communist Party.
  • 1954 – Vice president João Café Filho takes office as president of Brazil, following the suicide of Getúlio Vargas.
  • 1963 – Buddhist crisis: As a result of the Xá Lợi Pagoda raids, the US State Department cables the United States Embassy, Saigon to encourage Army of the Republic of Vietnam generals to launch a coup against President Ngô Đình Diệm if he did not remove his brother Ngô Đình Nhu.
  • 1967 – Led by Abbie Hoffman, the Youth International Party temporarily disrupts trading at the New York Stock Exchange by throwing dollar bills from the viewing gallery, causing trading to cease as brokers scramble to grab them.
  • 1970 – Vietnam War protesters bomb Sterling Hall at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, leading to an international manhunt for the perpetrators.
  • 1981 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.
  • 1989 – Colombian drug barons declare “total war” on the Colombian government.
  • 1989 – Tadeusz Mazowiecki is chosen as the first non-communist prime minister in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • 1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
  • 1991 – Ukraine declares itself independent from the Soviet Union.
  • 1992 – Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in Homestead, Florida as a Category 5 hurricane, causing up to $25 billion (1992 USD) in damages.
  • 1995 – Microsoft Windows 95 was released to the public in North America.
  • 1998 – First radio-frequency identification (RFID) human implantation tested in the United Kingdom.
  • 2004 – Ninety passengers die after two airliners explode after flying out of Domodedovo International Airport, near Moscow. The explosions are caused by suicide bombers from Chechnya.
  • 2006 – The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term “planet” such that Pluto is now considered a dwarf planet.
  • 2010 – In San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 72 illegal immigrants are killed by Los Zetas and eventually found dead by Mexican authorities.
  • 2010 – Henan Airlines Flight 8387 crashes at Yichun Lindu Airport in Yichun, Heilongjiang, China, killing 44 out of the 96 people on board.
  • 2016 – An earthquake strikes Central Italy with a magnitude of 6.2, with aftershocks felt as far as Rome and Florence. Around 300 people are killed.
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Birthdays

Births

Pre-1600

  • 1016 – Fujiwara no Genshi, Japanese empress consort (d. 1039)
  • 1113 – Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (d. 1151)
  • 1198 – Alexander II of Scotland (d. 1249)
  • 1358 – John I of Castile (d. 1390)
  • 1393 – Arthur III, Duke of Brittany (d. 1458)
  • 1423 – Thomas Rotherham, English cleric (d. 1500)
  • 1498 – John, Herary Prince of Saxony (d. 1537)
  • 1510 – Elisabeth of Brandenburg, Duchess of Brunswick-Calenberg-Göttingen (d. 1558)
  • 1552 – Lavinia Fontana, Italian painter and educator (d. 1614)
  • 1556 – Sophia Brahe, Danish horticulturalist and astronomer (d. 1643)
  • 1561 – Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk (d. 1626)
  • 1578 – John Taylor, English poet and author (d. 1653)
  • 1591 – Robert Herrick, English poet and cleric (d. 1674)

1601-1900

  • 1631 – Philip Henry, English minister (d. 1696)
  • 1635 – Peder Griffenfeld, Danish lawyer and politician (d. 1699)
  • 1684 – Sir Robert Munro, 6th Baronet, British politician (d. 1746)
  • 1714 – Alaungpaya, Burmese king (d. 1760)
  • 1758 – Duchess Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (d. 1794)
  • 1759 – William Wilberforce, English philanthropist and politician (d. 1833)
  • 1772 – William I of the Netherlands (d. 1840)
  • 1787 – James Weddell, Belgian-English sailor, hunter, and explorer (d. 1834)
  • 1824 – Antonio Stoppani, Italian geologist and scholar (d. 1891)
  • 1837 – Théodore Dubois, French organist, composer, and educator (d. 1924)
  • 1843 – Boyd Dunlop Morehead, Australian politician, 10th Premier of Queensland (d. 1905)
  • 1845 – James Calhoun, American lieutenant (d. 1876)
  • 1851 – Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer and journalist (d. 1924)
  • 1860 – David Bowman, Australian lawyer and politician (d. 1916)
  • 1862 – Zonia Baber, American geographer and geologist (d. 1956)
  • 1863 – Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer (d. 1918)
  • 1865 – Ferdinand I of Romania (d. 1927)
  • 1872 – Max Beerbohm, English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist (d. 1956)
  • 1884 – Earl Derr Biggers, American author and playwright (d. 1933)
  • 1887 – Harry Hooper, American baseball player (d. 1974)
  • 1888 – Valentine Baker, Welsh co-founder of the Martin-Baker Aircraft Company (d. 1942)
  • 1890 – Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, actor, and surfer (d. 1968)
  • 1890 – Jean Rhys, Dominican-English novelist (d. 1979)
  • 1893 – Haim Ernst Wertheimer, German-Israeli biochemist and academic (d. 1978)
  • 1895 – Richard Cushing, American cardinal (d. 1970)
  • 1897 – Fred Rose, American pianist, songwriter, and publisher (d. 1954)
  • 1898 – Malcolm Cowley, American novelist, poet, literary critic (d. 1989)
  • 1899 – Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator (d. 1986)
  • 1899 – Albert Claude, Belgian biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1983)

1901-present

  • 1901 – Preston Foster, American actor (d. 1970)
  • 1902 – Fernand Braudel, French historian and academic (d. 1985)
  • 1902 – Carlo Gambino, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1976)
  • 1903 – Karl Hanke, German businessman and politician (d. 1945)
  • 1904 – Ida Cook, English campaigner for Jewish refugees, and romantic novelist as Mary Burchell (d. 1986)
  • 1905 – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1974)
  • 1905 – Siaka Stevens, Sierra Leonean police officer and politician, 1st President of Sierra Leone (d. 1988)
  • 1907 – Bruno Giacometti, Swiss architect, designed the Hallenstadion (d. 2012)
  • 1908 – Shivaram Rajguru, Indian activist (d. 1931)
  • 1909 – Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricketer and soldier (d. 1998)
  • 1913 – Charles Snead Houston, American physician and mountaineer (d. 2009)
  • 1915 – Wynonie Harris, American singer and guitarist (d. 1969)
  • 1915 – James Tiptree Jr. (Alice Bradley Sheldon), American psychologist and science fiction author (d. 1987)
  • 1918 – Sikander Bakht, Indian field hockey player and politician, Indian Minister of External Affairs (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Tosia Altman, member of the Polish resistance in World War II (d. 1943)
  • 1919 – J. Gordon Edwards, American entomologist, mountaineer, and DDT advocate (d. 2004)
  • 1919 – Enrique Llanes, Mexican wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1920 – Alex Colville, Canadian painter and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Eric Simms, English ornithologist and conservationist (d. 2009)
  • 1922 – René Lévesque, Canadian journalist and politician, 23rd Premier of Quebec (d. 1987)
  • 1922 – Howard Zinn, American historian, author, and activist (d. 2010)
  • 1923 – Arthur Jensen, American psychologist and academic (d. 2012)
  • 1924 – Alyn Ainsworth, English singer and conductor (d. 1990)
  • 1924 – Louis Teicher, American pianist (d. 2008)
  • 1926 – Nancy Spero, American painter and academic (d. 2009)
  • 1927 – Anjali Devi, Indian actress and producer (d. 2014)
  • 1927 – David Ireland, Australian author and playwright
  • 1927 – Harry Markowitz, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1929 – Yasser Arafat, Egyptian-Palestinian engineer and politician, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (d. 2004)
  • 1929 – Betty Dodson, American author and educator (d. 2020)
  • 1930 – Jackie Brenston, American singer-songwriter and saxophonist (d. 1979)
  • 1930 – Roger McCluskey, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • 1932 – Robert D. Hales, American captain and religious leader (d. 2017)
  • 1932 – Richard Meale, Australian pianist and composer (d. 2009)
  • 1932 – Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, English cardinal (d. 2017)
  • 1933 – Prince Rupert Loewenstein, Spanish-English banker and manager (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – Kenny Baker, English actor (d. 2016)
  • 1936 – A. S. Byatt, English novelist and poet
  • 1936 – Kenny Guinn, American banker and politician, 27th Governor of Nevada (d. 2010)
  • 1936 – Arthur B. C. Walker, Jr., American physicist and academic (d. 2001)
  • 1937 – Moshood Abiola, Nigerian businessman and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1937 – Susan Sheehan, Austrian-American journalist and author
  • 1938 – David Freiberg, American singer and bass player
  • 1938 – Mason Williams, American guitarist and composer
  • 1940 – Madsen Pirie, British academic, President and co-founder of the Adam Smith Institute
  • 1940 – Francine Lalonde, Canadian educator and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1940 – Keith Savage, English rugby player
  • 1941 – Alan M. Roberts, English academic, Professor of Zoology at the University of Bristol
  • 1942 – Max Cleland, American captain and politician
  • 1942 – Jimmy Soul, American pop-soul singer (d. 1988)
  • 1943 – John Cipollina, American rock guitarist (d. 1989)
  • 1944 – Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1996)
  • 1944 – Gregory Jarvis, American captain, engineer, and astronaut (d. 1986)
  • 1944 – Rocky Johnson, Canadian-American wrestler and trainer (d. 2020)
  • 1945 – Ronee Blakley, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress
  • 1945 – Molly Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (d. 2019)
  • 1945 – Ken Hensley, English rock singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2020)
  • 1945 – Marsha P. Johnson, American gay liberation activist and drag queen (d. 1992)
  • 1945 – Vince McMahon, American wrestler, promoter, and entrepreneur; co-founded WWE
  • 1947 – Anne Archer, American actress and producer
  • 1947 – Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author and songwriter
  • 1947 – Roger De Vlaeminck, Belgian cyclist and coach
  • 1947 – Joe Manchin, American politician, 34th Governor of West Virginia
  • 1947 – Vladimir Masorin, Russian admiral
  • 1948 – Kim Sung-il, South Korean commander and pilot
  • 1948 – Jean Michel Jarre, French pianist, composer, and producer
  • 1948 – Sauli Niinistö, Finnish captain and politician, 12th President of Finland
  • 1948 – Alexander McCall Smith, Rhodesian-Scottish author and educator
  • 1949 – Stephen Paulus, American composer and educator (d. 2014)
  • 1951 – Danny Joe Brown, American southern rock singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2005)
  • 1951 – Orson Scott Card, American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist, and columnist
  • 1951 – Oscar Hijuelos, American author and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1952 – Marion Bloem, Dutch author, director, and painter
  • 1952 – Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jamaican dub poet
  • 1953 – Ron Holloway, American saxophonist
  • 1953 – Sam Torrance, Scottish golfer and sportscaster
  • 1954 – Alain Daigle, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1954 – Heini Otto, Dutch footballer, coach, and manager
  • 1955 – Mike Huckabee, American minister and politician, 44th Governor of Arkansas
  • 1956 – Gerry Cooney, American boxer
  • 1956 – John Culberson, American lawyer and politician
  • 1956 – Dick Lee, Singaporean singer-songwriter and playwright
  • 1957 – Jeffrey Daniel, American singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1957 – Stephen Fry, English actor, journalist, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1958 – Steve Guttenberg, American actor and producer
  • 1958 – Chris Offutt, American author and academic
  • 1959 – Meg Munn, English social worker and politician
  • 1960 – Cal Ripken, Jr., American baseball player and coach
  • 1961 – Jared Harris, English actor
  • 1962 – Major Garrett, American journalist and author
  • 1962 – Emile Roemer, Dutch educator and politician
  • 1963 – Hideo Kojima, Japanese director, screenwriter and video game designer
  • 1963 – Francis Pangilinan, Filipino lawyer and politician
  • 1964 – Éric Bernard, French racing driver
  • 1964 – Mark Cerny, American video game designer, programmer, producer and business executive
  • 1964 – Salizhan Sharipov, Kyrgyzstani-Russian lieutenant, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1965 – Marlee Matlin, American actress and producer
  • 1965 – Reggie Miller, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1965 – Brian Rajadurai, Sri Lankan-Canadian cricketer
  • 1966 – Nick Denton, English journalist and businessman, founded Gawker Media
  • 1967 – Michael Thomas, English footballer
  • 1968 – Benoît Brunet, Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster
  • 1968 – Shoichi Funaki, Japanese-American wrestler and sportscaster
  • 1968 – Andreas Kisser, Brazilian guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1968 – Tim Salmon, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1969 – Jans Koerts, Dutch cyclist
  • 1970 – Rich Beem, American golfer
  • 1970 – Tugay Kerimoğlu, Turkish footballer and manager
  • 1972 – Jean-Luc Brassard, Canadian skier and radio host
  • 1972 – Ava DuVernay, American director and screenwriter
  • 1972 – Todd Young, American politician
  • 1973 – Andrew Brunette, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1973 – Dave Chappelle, American comedian, actor, producer and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Inge de Bruijn, Dutch swimmer
  • 1974 – Jennifer Lien, American actress
  • 1975 – Roberto Colombo, Italian footballer
  • 1975 – Mark de Vries, Surinamese-Dutch footballer
  • 1976 – Simon Dennis, English rower and academic
  • 1976 – Alex O’Loughlin, Australian actor, writer, director, and producer
  • 1977 – Funke Akindele, Nigerian actress
  • 1977 – Denílson de Oliveira Araújo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 – Robert Enke, German footballer (d. 2009)
  • 1977 – Per Gade, Danish footballer
  • 1977 – John Green, American author and vlogger
  • 1977 – Jürgen Macho, Austrian footballer
  • 1979 – Vahur Afanasjev, Estonian author and poet
  • 1979 – Orlando Engelaar, Dutch footballer
  • 1979 – Michael Redd, American basketball player
  • 1981 – Chad Michael Murray, American model and actor
  • 1982 – José Bosingwa, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982 – Kim Källström, Swedish footballer
  • 1983 – Brett Gardner, American baseball player
  • 1983 – George Perris, Greek-French singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1984 – Erin Molan, Australian journalist and sportscaster
  • 1984 – Charlie Villanueva, American basketball player
  • 1986 – Joseph Akpala, Nigerian footballer
  • 1986 – Fabiano Santacroce, Italian footballer
  • 1987 – Anže Kopitar, Slovenian ice hockey player
  • 1987 – Daichi Miura, Japanese singer-songwriter, dancer, and choreographer
  • 1988 – Rupert Grint, English actor
  • 1988 – Manu Ma’u, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1988 – Maya Yoshida, Japanese footballer
  • 1989 – Reynaldo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1989 – Rocío Igarzábal, Argentinian actress and singer
  • 1990 – Juan Pedro Lanzani, Argentinian actor and singer
  • 1991 – Wang Zhen, Chinese race walker
  • 1992 – Jemerson, Brazilian footballer
  • 1993 – Allen Robinson, American football player
  • 1995 – Lady Amelia Windsor, member of the British royal family
  • 1997 – Alan Walker, British-Norwegian DJ and record producer
  • 2001 – Mildred Maldonado, Mexican rhythmic gymnast
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Deaths

Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 691 – Fu Youyi, official of the Tang Dynasty
  • 842 – Saga, Japanese emperor (b. 786)
  • 895 – Guthred, king of Northumbria
  • 927 – Doulu Ge, chancellor of Later Tang
  • 927 – Wei Shuo, chancellor of Later Tang
  • 942 – Liu, empress dowager of Later Jin
  • 948 – Zhang Ye, Chinese general and chancellor
  • 1042 – Michael V Kalaphates, Byzantine emperor (b. 1015)
  • 1103 – Magnus Barefoot, Norwegian king (b. 1073)
  • 1217 – Eustace the Monk, French pirate (b. 1170)
  • 1313 – Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1275)
  • 1372 – Casimir III, Duke of Pomerania (b. 1348)
  • 1497 – Sophie of Pomerania, Duchess of Pomerania (b. 1435)
  • 1507 – Cecily of York, English princess (b. 1469)
  • 1540 – Parmigianino, Italian painter and etcher (b. 1503)
  • 1542 – Gasparo Contarini, Italian cardinal (b. 1483)
  • 1572 – Gaspard II de Coligny, French admiral (b. 1519)
  • 1572 – Charles de Téligny, French soldier and diplomat (b. 1535)
  • 1595 – Thomas Digges, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1546)

1601-1900

  • 1617 – Rose of Lima, Peruvian saint (b. 1586)
  • 1647 – Nicholas Stone, English sculptor and architect (b. 1586)
  • 1679 – Jean François Paul de Gondi, French cardinal and author (b. 1614)
  • 1680 – Thomas Blood, Irish colonel (b. 1618)
  • 1680 – Ferdinand Bol, Dutch painter and etcher (b. 1616)
  • 1683 – John Owen, English theologian and academic (b. 1616)
  • 1759 – Ewald Christian von Kleist, German poet and soldier (b. 1715)
  • 1770 – Thomas Chatterton, English poet and prodigy (b. 1752)
  • 1779 – Cosmas of Aetolia, Greek monk and saint (b. 1714)
  • 1798 – Thomas Alcock, English priest and author (b. 1709)
  • 1804 – Peggy Shippen, American wife of Benedict Arnold and American Revolutionary War spy (b. 1760)
  • 1818 – James Carr, American lawyer and politician (b. 1777)
  • 1821 – John William Polidori, English writer and physician (b. 1795)
  • 1832 – Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, French physicist and engineer (b. 1796)
  • 1838 – Ferenc Kölcsey, Hungarian poet, critic, and politician (b. 1790)
  • 1841 – Theodore Hook, English civil servant and composer (b. 1788)
  • 1841 – John Ordronaux, French-American soldier (b. 1778)
  • 1888 – Rudolf Clausius, German physicist and mathematician (b. 1822)
  • 1895 – Albert F. Mummery, English mountaineer and author (b. 1855)
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1901-present

  • 1923 – Kate Douglas Wiggin, American author and educator (b. 1856)
  • 1930 – Tom Norman, English businessman and showman (b. 1860)
  • 1932 – Kate M. Gordon, American activist (b. 1861)
  • 1939 – Frederick Carl Frieseke, American painter and educator (b. 1874)
  • 1940 – Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Polish-German technician and inventor, invented the Nipkow disk (b. 1860)
  • 1943 – Antonio Alice, Argentinian painter and educator (b. 1886)
  • 1943 – Simone Weil, French philosopher and activist (b. 1909)
  • 1946 – James Clark McReynolds, American lawyer and judge, 48th United States Attorney General (b. 1862)
  • 1954 – Getúlio Vargas, Brazilian lawyer and politician, 14th President of Brazil (b. 1882)
  • 1956 – Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese director and screenwriter (b. 1898)
  • 1958 – Paul Henry, Irish painter and educator (b. 1876)
  • 1967 – Henry J. Kaiser, American businessman, founded Kaiser Shipyards and Kaiser Aluminum (b. 1882)
  • 1974 – Alexander P. de Seversky, Russian-American pilot and businessman, co-founded Republic Aviation (b. 1894)
  • 1977 – Buddy O’Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • 1978 – Louis Prima, American singer-songwriter, trumpet player, and actor (b. 1910)
  • 1979 – Hanna Reitsch, German soldier and pilot (b. 1912)
  • 1980 – Yootha Joyce, English actress (b. 1927)
  • 1982 – Félix-Antoine Savard, Canadian priest and author (b. 1896)
  • 1983 – Kalevi Kotkas, Estonian-Finnish high jumper and discus thrower (b. 1913)
  • 1983 – Scott Nearing, American economist, educator, and activist (b. 1883)
  • 1985 – Paul Creston, American composer and educator (b. 1906)
  • 1987 – Malcolm Kirk, English rugby player and wrestler (b. 1936)
  • 1990 – Sergei Dovlatov, Russian-American journalist and author (b. 1941)
  • 1990 – Gely Abdel Rahman, Sudanese-Egyptian poet and academic (b. 1931)
  • 1991 – Bernard Castro, Italian-American inventor (b. 1904)
  • 1992 – André Donner, Dutch academic and judge (b. 1918)
  • 1997 – Luigi Villoresi, Italian racing driver (b. 1907)
  • 1998 – E. G. Marshall, American actor (b. 1910)
  • 1999 – Mary Jane Croft, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 1999 – Alexandre Lagoya, Egyptian guitarist and composer (b. 1929)
  • 2000 – Andy Hug, Swiss martial artist and kick-boxer (b. 1964)
  • 2001 – Jane Greer, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2001 – Roman Matsov, Estonian violinist, pianist, and conductor (b. 1917)
  • 2002 – Nikolay Guryanov, Russian priest and mystic (b. 1909)
  • 2003 – Wilfred Thesiger, Ethiopian-English explorer and author (b. 1910)
  • 2004 – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2006 – Rocco Petrone, American soldier and engineer (b. 1926)
  • 2006 – Léopold Simoneau, Canadian tenor and educator (b. 1916)
  • 2007 – Andrée Boucher, Canadian educator and politician, 39th Mayor of Quebec City (b. 1937)
  • 2007 – Aaron Russo, American director and producer (b. 1943)
  • 2010 – Satoshi Kon, Japanese director and screenwriter (b. 1963)
  • 2011 – Seyhan Erözçelik, Turkish poet and author (b. 1962)
  • 2011 – Mike Flanagan, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1951)
  • 2012 – Dadullah, Pakistani Taliban leader (b. 1965)
  • 2012 – Pauli Ellefsen, Faroese surveyor and politician, 6th Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Steve Franken, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – Félix Miélli Venerando, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1937)
  • 2013 – Gerry Baker, American soccer player and manager (b. 1938)
  • 2013 – Nílton de Sordi, Brazilian footballer and manager (b. 1931)
  • 2013 – Julie Harris, American actress (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Muriel Siebert, American businesswoman and philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Richard Attenborough, English actor, director, producer, and politician (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Antônio Ermírio de Moraes, Brazilian businessman (b. 1928)
  • 2015 – Charlie Coffey, American football player and coach (b. 1934)
  • 2015 – Joseph F. Traub, German-American computer scientist and academic (b. 1932)
  • 2015 – Justin Wilson, English racing driver (b. 1978)
  • 2016 – Walter Scheel, German politician, 4th President of Germany (b. 1919)
  • 2017 – Jay Thomas, American actor, comedian, and radio talk show host (b. 1948)
  • 2020 – Gail Sheehy, American author, journalist, and lecturer (b. 1936)
  • 2021 – Charlie Watts, English musician (b. 1941)

Holidays and observances

  • Christian feast day:
    • Abbán of Ireland
    • Aurea of Ostia
    • Bartholomew the Apostle (Roman Catholic, Anglican)
    • Jeanne-Antide Thouret
    • Maria Micaela Desmaisieres
    • Massa Candida (Martyrs of Utica)
    • Owen (Audoin)
    • August 24 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Flag Day (Liberia)
  • Independence Day or Den’ Nezalezhnosti, celebrates the independence of Ukraine from the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • International Strange Music Day
  • National Waffle Day (United States)
  • Nostalgia Night (Uruguay)
  • Willka Raymi (Cusco, Peru)

  • The New York Times: On This Day

August 24 National Days, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of August (August 24 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic August 24 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

Check out more August events, August holidays, events and observances. or by checking any date from the calendar below.

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