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

  • 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.
  • 1831
    A new London Bridge opens.
  • 1834
    Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
  • 1927
    The Nanchang Uprising marks the first significant battle in the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China. This day is commemorated as the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.
  • 1960
    Islamabad is declared the federal capital of the Government of Pakistan.
  • 1966
    Purges of intellectuals and imperialists becomes official People’s Republic of China policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
  • 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.
  • 1984
    Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.
  • 1993
    The Great Flood of 1993 comes to a peak.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 1555
    Edward Kelley, English spirit medium (d. 1597)
  • 1837
    Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, American labor organizer (d. 1930)
  • 1930
    Julie Bovasso, American actor and writer (d. 1991)
  • 1937
    Al D'Amato, United States Senator from New York
  • 1940
    Mervyn Kitchen, Former Somerset cricketer and cricket international umpire
  • 1940
    Ram Loevy, Israeli screenwriter and director
  • 1941
    Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1949
    Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Kyrgyzstan
  • 1951
    Tommy Bolin, American musician (Deep Purple) (d. 1976)
  • 1978
    Andy Blignaut, Former Zimbabwean cricketer

Who died on August 1?

  • 527
    Emperor Justin I (b. 450)
  • 1541
    Simon Grynaeus, German theologian (b. 1493)
  • 1795
    Clas Bjerkander, Swedish meteorologist, botanist, and entomologist(b. 1735)
  • 1796
    Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)
  • 1851
    William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • 1903
    Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman (b. 1853)
  • 1966
    Charles Whitman, American mass murderer (shot by police) (b. 1941)
  • 1980
    Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1996
    Frida Boccara, French singer (b. 1940)
  • 2005
    King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (b. 1923)

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