Wednesday, the 24th of June, 2015 is the 175th day in 2015 and in the 26th calendar week.
General Events:
Fête nationale du Québec (National Holiday of Quebec)
June 24, 2015 in Quebec
National Holiday of Quebec is observed on June 24, 2015. Quebec’s National Holiday is celebrated annually on St. John the Baptist Day. In Quebec, the national holiday is a paid statutory public holiday covered under the Act Respecting Labour Standards. The festivities occur on June 23 and June 24 and since 1978 are publicly financed and organized by a National Holiday Organizing Committee. June 24 continues to be celebrated as a festival of French Canadian culture in other provinces and in the United States.
Where is National Holiday of Quebec?
Nationwide Quebec
Saint Jonas’ Festival
June 24, 2015 in Lithuania
Saint Jonas’ Festival takes place on June 24, 2015. Saint Jonas’ Festival is a midsummer folk festival celebrated all around Lithuania. While midsummer day is celebrated throughout Europe, many Lithuanians have a particularly lively agenda on this day. The traditions include singing songs and dancing until the sun sets, telling tales, searching to find the magic fern blossom at midnight, jumping over bonfires, greeting the rising midsummer sun and washing the face with a morning dew, young girls float flower wreaths on the water of river or lake. These are customs brought from pagan culture and beliefs. The latter Christian tradition is based on the reverence of Saint John the Baptist. Lithuanians with the names Jonas, Jone, Janina receive many greetings from their family, relatives and friends.
Where is Saint Jonas’ Festival?
Nationwide Lithuania
International Fairy Day or Faerie Day
June 24, 2015 in World

Today is a day for fairy believers young and old to celebrate the stories, magic, and history of the Fair Folk. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of Celtic culture. In all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. They have the ability to fly and cast spells, and they live in “Tír na nóg,” the land of eternal youth. Some say that humans don’t often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, but sightings can occur at twilight or during Beltane, Mid-Summer’s Eve, or All Hallow’s Eve.

Celebrate by leaving a little offering to the faeries (a thimble of cream, a crumb of cake or a bit of butter) and making a wish. Build a fairy house, or take a stroll through the woods. You never know when you might stumble across something magical!
Where is the event?
Swim a Lap Day
June 24, 2015 in the World
Swim a Lap Day takes place on June 24, 2015. It’s a day to take your swimming togs and go to a swimming pool to swim one or more laps. There are many reasons why people swim. The largest reason for people swimming is as a recreation activity, with swimming consistently ranking as one of the physical activities people are most likely to take part in. Recreational swimming can be used for people to exercise, to relax or to rehabilitate.
Swimming is consistently found to be amongst the top recreational activities undertaken by the public, and in some countries, swimming lessons are a compulsory part of the educational curriculum. As a formalised sport, swimming features in a range of local, national and international competitions, including featuring in every modern summer Olympics.
Swimming is primarily an aerobic exercise due to the long exercise time, requiring a constant oxygen supply to the muscles, except for short sprints where the muscles work anaerobically. As with most aerobic exercise, swimming is believed to reduce the harmful effects of stress. Swimming can also improve posture.
Where is the event?
National Pralines Day
June 24, 2015 in the USA
Pralines were originally created in France by coating almonds in caramelized sugar. The praline got its name from French soldier and sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin, as it was his cook who invented it.
The recipe evolved when French settlers brought the recipe to Louisiana where chefs in New Orleans eventually substituted pecans for almonds and added cream.
Pralines now come in many flavors and include several different types of nuts. It’s no wonder they have their own day. Happy National Pralines Day!
Where is the event?
Nationwide USA
Historical Events on 24th June:
843 – Vikings destroy Nantes
1314 – Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England
1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion
1497 – John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England (believes he found Asia in Nova Scotia)
1527 – Gustaaf I begins Reformation in Sweden, taking Catholic possessions
1648 – Cossacks slaughter 2,000 Jews & 600 Polish Catholics in Ukraine
1692 – Kingston, Jamaica, founded
1793 – 1st republican constitution in France adopted
1812 – Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces invade Russia crossing the Neman River
1853 – Gadsden Purchase 29,670-square-mile (76,800 square km) from Mexico (now southern Arizona and New Mexico) for $10 million signed by President Franklin Pierce
1880 – First performance of “O Canada,” the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français
1894 – Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years
1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract
1931 – USSR & Afghanistan sign neutrality treaty
1932 – Coup ends absolute monarchy in Thailand
1938 – 500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
1941 – Entire Jewish male population of Gorzhdy Lithuania, exterminated
1947 – Flying saucers sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold
1948 – Soviet Union begins Berlin Blockade
1961 – Iraq demands dominion over Kuwait
1963 – 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
1964 – In South Africa, the 90-Days Act commences, providing for any person to be detained, without trial, for 90 days; further, the person could be re-arrested under the same law for another 90 days
1966 – Period of relative peace following WW II exceeds that following WW I
1972 – Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
1975 – Moon tremor perceived (hit by Taurid meteors)
1997 – USAF reports Roswell ‘space aliens’ were dummies
2002 – The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history