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, 417,096 hours 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

  • 69
    Batavian rebellion: The Batavians in Germania Inferior (Netherlands) revolt under the leadership of Gaius Julius Civilis.
  • 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.
  • 1291
    The Old Swiss Confederacy is formed with the signature of the Federal Charter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1876
    Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
  • 1957
    The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
  • 1964
    The Belgian Congo is renamed the Republic of the Congo.
  • 1966
    Charles Whitman kills 16 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.
  • 1981
    MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 10 BC
    Claudius, Roman Emperor (d. 54)
  • 1910
    James Henry Govier, British artist (d. 1974)
  • 1936
    W.D. Hamilton, British evolutionary biologist (d. 2000)
  • 1941
    Ron Brown, 30th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and 40th Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (d. 1996)
  • 1954
    Benno Möhlmann, German footballer
  • 1963
    John Carroll Lynch, American actor
  • 1967
    Gregg Jefferies, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Veerle Dejaeghere, Belgian athlete
  • 1976
    Cristian Stoica, Romanian-born Italian rugby player
  • 1998
    Khamani Griffin, American actor

Who died on August 1?

  • 1137
    King Louis VI of France (b. 1081)
  • 1457
    Lorenzo Valla, Italian humanist (b. c.1406)
  • 1675
    Weetamoo, sachem of Pocasetts, a band of the Wampanoag Indians her death winding up the end of King Philip’s War (b. 1635)
  • 1807
    John Walker, British lexicographer (b. 1732)
  • 1970
    Frances Farmer, American actress (b. 1913)
  • 1996
    Tadeus Reichstein, Polish chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1897)
  • 2003
    Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • 2004
    Alexandra Scott, founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, (b. 1996)
  • 2005
    Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (b. 1923)

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