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

  • 30 BC
    Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.
  • 1498
    Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
  • 1801
    First Barbary War: The American schooner USS Enterprise captures the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli in a single-ship action off the coast of modern-day Libya.
  • 1840
    Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1944
    The Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation breaks out in Warsaw, Poland.
  • 1960
    Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.
  • 1975
    CSCE Final Act creates the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
  • 1984
    Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 1555
    Edward Kelley, English spirit medium (d. 1597)
  • 1934
    John Beck, Former New Zealand cricketer (d. 2000)
  • 1942
    Jerry Garcia, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 1995)
  • 1946
    Boz Burrell, British musician (King Crimson, Bad Company) (d. 2006)
  • 1960
    Chuck D, American activist and rapper (Public Enemy)
  • 1963
    Lynette Sadleir, New Zealand Olympic synchronised swimmer
  • 1976
    Cristian Stoica, Romanian-born Italian rugby player
  • 1977
    Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1993
    Leon Thomas III, American actor
  • 1998
    Khamani Griffin, American actor

Who died on August 1?

  • 1137
    King Louis VI of France (b. 1081)
  • 1227
    Shimazu Tadahisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1179)
  • 1464
    Cosimo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1386)
  • 1589
    Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567)
  • 1851
    William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • 1945
    Gyula Csortos, Hungarian film actor (b. 1883)
  • 1973
    Walter Ulbricht, German communist statesman (b. 1893)
  • 1977
    Francis Gary Powers, American spy plane pilot (b. 1929)
  • 1998
    Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)

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