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

  • 1498
    Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
  • 1798
    French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of the Nile (Battle of Aboukir Bay) – Battle begins when a British fleet engages the French Revolutionary Navy fleet in an unusual night action.
  • 1800
    The Act of Union 1800 is passed in which merges the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 1840
    Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1842
    The Lombard Street Riot erupts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US.
  • 1876
    Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
  • 1914
    Germany declares war on Russia at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilises because of World War I.
  • 1966
    Purges of intellectuals and imperialists becomes official People’s Republic of China policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
  • 1981
    MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 1819
    Herman Melville, American writer (d. 1891)
  • 1907
    Eric Shipton, British mountaineer (d. 1977)
  • 1937
    Al D'Amato, United States Senator from New York
  • 1947
    Dennis Zine, Los Angeles city councilman
  • 1960
    Suzi Gardner, guitarist and songwriter (L7)
  • 1962
    Jacob Matlala, South African boxer
  • 1970
    David James, English footballer
  • 1976
    Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer
  • 1981
    Ashley Parker Angel, American singer and actor
  • 1986
    Lucas Simón, Argentine footballer

Who died on August 1?

  • 1252
    Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, Italian explorer (b. c.1180)
  • 1546
    Peter Faber, French Jesuit theologian (b. 1506)
  • 1798
    François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (killed in battle) (b. 1753)
  • 1812
    Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1903
    Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman (b. 1853)
  • 1922
    Donát Bánki, Hungarian mechanical engineer (b. 1856)
  • 1967
    Richard Kuhn, Austrian chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1900)
  • 2001
    Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • 2004
    Philip Abelson, American physicist, (b. 1913)
  • 2006
    Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)

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