On This Day

What Happened on August 24, 2016

Historical Events

  • 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400
  • Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri

Famous Deaths

  • Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), dies at 89
  • Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 64
  • Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97
2016 Highlights

About August 24, 2016

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 4 years, 11 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Virgo