Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on October 1? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 1: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 1 is the 275th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 91 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 18, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,588,000 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaheptacontapentagon’ day.

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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 119 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,380 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 1 Historical Events

  • 959
    Edgar the Peaceable becomes king of all England.
  • 1800
    Spain cedes Louisiana to France via the Treaty of San Ildefonso.
  • 1969
    Concorde breaks the sound barrier for the first time.
  • 1978
    Tuvalu gains independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1994
    Palau gains independence from the United Nations (trusteeship administered by the United States of America).

Who were born on October 1?

  • 1896
    Liaqat Ali Khan, Pakistani statesman (d. 1951)
  • 1920
    Walter Matthau, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1965
    Andreas Keller, German field hockey player
  • 1978
    Leticia Cline, American model and TV personality
  • 1986
    Jurnee Smollett, American actress

Who died on October 1?

  • 1189
    Gerard de Ridefort, grandmaster of the Knights Templar
  • 1404
    Pope Boniface IX (b. 1356)
  • 1864
    Rose Greenhow, American Confederate spy (b. 1817)
  • 1990
    Curtis LeMay, American Air Force general (b. 1906)
  • 2006
    André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (b. 1952)

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