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 213rd day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 152 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Tuesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 19, 2017 – a Tuesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 25,025,760 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 ‘dihectadecatrigon’ 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 202 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 1,684 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.
  • 1664
    The Ottoman Empire is defeated in the Battle of Saint Gotthard by an Austrian army led by Raimondo Montecuccoli, resulting in the Peace of Vasvár.
  • 1834
    Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
  • 1840
    Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1894
    The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea.
  • 1937
    Josip Broz Tito reads the resolution “Manifesto of constitutional congress of KPH” to the constitutive congress of KPH (Croatian Communist Party) in woods near Samobor.
  • 1957
    The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
  • 1968
    The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.
  • 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

Who were born on August 1?

  • 10 BC
    Claudius, Roman Emperor (d. 54)
  • 1891
    Karl Kobelt, Swiss politician (d. 1968)
  • 1921
    Jack Kramer, American tennis player (d. 2009)
  • 1929
    Ann Calvello, Roller Derby queen (d. 2006)
  • 1969
    Kevin Jarvis, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer
  • 1976
    Søren Jochumsen, Danish footballer
  • 1978
    Andy Blignaut, Former Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982
    Ai Tominaga, Japanese model and actress
  • 1986
    Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player

Who died on August 1?

  • 527
    Emperor Justin I (b. 450)
  • 1541
    Simon Grynaeus, German theologian (b. 1493)
  • 1580
    Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (b. 1524)
  • 1675
    Weetamoo, sachem of Pocasetts, a band of the Wampanoag Indians her death winding up the end of King Philip’s War (b. 1635)
  • 1812
    Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1967
    Richard Kuhn, Austrian chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1980
    Strother Martin, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1996
    Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian physician and international aid worker (b. 1929)
  • 2003
    Guy Thys, Belgian football coach (b. 1922)
  • 2010
    Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby and cricket international player and referee/umpire (b. 1910)

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