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

  • 607
    Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).
  • 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.
  • 1831
    A new London Bridge opens.
  • 1838
    Non-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.
  • 1894
    The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea.
  • 1944
    The Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation breaks out in Warsaw, Poland.
  • 2007
    The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 1626
    Sabbatai Zevi, Montenegrin rabbi, kabbalist, and founder of the Jewish Sabbatean movement (d. 1676)
  • 1738
    Jacques François Dugommier, French general (d. 1794)
  • 1910
    Walter Scharf, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1923
    Val Bettin, American voice actor
  • 1933
    Dušan Třeštík, Czech historian (d. 2007)
  • 1937
    Al D'Amato, United States Senator from New York
  • 1950
    Jim Carroll, American poet and actor (d. 2009)
  • 1973
    Veerle Dejaeghere, Belgian athlete
  • 1976
    Cristian Stoica, Romanian-born Italian rugby player
  • 1977
    Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on August 1?

  • 30 BC
    Mark Antony, Roman politician and general (b. 83 BC)
  • 1457
    Lorenzo Valla, Italian humanist (b. c.1406)
  • 1580
    Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (b. 1524)
  • 1807
    John Walker, British lexicographer (b. 1732)
  • 1974
    Ildebrando Antoniutti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1898)
  • 1980
    Strother Martin, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1990
    Graham Young, British serial killer (b. 1947)
  • 1997
    Sviatoslav Richter, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1915)
  • 2003
    Guy Thys, Belgian football coach (b. 1922)
  • 2006
    Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)

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