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

August 1: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 1 is the 214th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 152 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 19, 2016 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,500,160 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 ‘dihectadecatetragon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 180 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 1,319 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 1 Historical Events

  • 69
    Batavian rebellion: The Batavians in Germania Inferior (Netherlands) revolt under the leadership of Gaius Julius Civilis.
  • 607
    Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).
  • 1498
    Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
  • 1876
    Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
  • 1894
    The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea.
  • 1914
    Germany declares war on Russia at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilises because of World War I.
  • 1980
    Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • 1980
    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the country’s first democratically elected female head of state
  • 2001
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.
  • 2007
    The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 1555
    Edward Kelley, English spirit medium (d. 1597)
  • 1818
    Maria Mitchell, American astronomer (d. 1889)
  • 1912
    Henry Jones, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    Frank Worrell, Former West Indian cricketer (d. 1967)
  • 1941
    Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1942
    Jerry Garcia, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 1995)
  • 1956
    Tom Leykis, American radio personality
  • 1964
    Adam Duritz, American musician (Counting Crows)
  • 1976
    Cristian Stoica, Romanian-born Italian rugby player
  • 1983
    David Gervasi, Swiss decathlete

Who died on August 1?

  • 371
    St Eusebius of Vercelli, Italian bishop (b. 283)
  • 1589
    Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567)
  • 1903
    Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman (b. 1853)
  • 1929
    Syd Gregory, Australian cricketer (b. 1870)
  • 1967
    Richard Kuhn, Austrian chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1973
    Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer (b. 1882)
  • 1980
    Strother Martin, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2004
    Philip Abelson, American physicist, (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • 2007
    Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)

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