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).
  • 902
    Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, is captured by the Aghlabid army.
  • 1203
    Isaac II Angelus, restored Eastern Roman Emperor, declares his son Alexius IV Angelus co-emperor after pressure from the forces of the Fourth Crusade.
  • 1759
    Seven Years’ War: The Battle of Minden, an allied Anglo-German army victory over the French. In Britain this was one of a number of events that constituted the Annus Mirabilis of 1759 and is celebrated as Minden Day by certain British Army regiments.
  • 1907
    The start of first Scout camp on Brownsea Island, the origin of the worldwide Scouting movement.
  • 1966
    Charles Whitman kills 16 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.
  • 1974
    Cyprus dispute: The United Nations Security Council authorizes the UNFICYP to create the “Green Line”, dividing Cyprus into two zones.
  • 1980
    Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • 1993
    The Great Flood of 1993 comes to a peak.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 1545
    Andrew Melville, Scottish theologian and religious reformer (d. 1622)
  • 1738
    Jacques François Dugommier, French general (d. 1794)
  • 1818
    Maria Mitchell, American astronomer (d. 1889)
  • 1871
    John Lester, American cricketer (d. 1969)
  • 1881
    Otto Toeplitz, German mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1911
    Jackie Ormes, American cartoonist (d. 1985)
  • 1936
    W.D. Hamilton, British evolutionary biologist (d. 2000)
  • 1937
    Al D'Amato, United States Senator from New York
  • 1978
    Edgerrin James, American football player
  • 1985
    Stuart Holden, American footballer

Who died on August 1?

  • 1137
    King Louis VI of France (b. 1081)
  • 1714
    Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1665)
  • 1796
    Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)
  • 1812
    Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1911
    Samuel Arza Davenport, American politician (b. 1843)
  • 1938
    John Aasen, American actor (b. 1890)
  • 1974
    Ildebrando Antoniutti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1898)
  • 1980
    Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 2008
    Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2010
    Lolita Lebrón, Puerto Rican nationalist (b. 1919)

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