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, 408,336 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 ‘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

  • 527
    Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 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.
  • 1838
    Non-labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1855
    The first ascent of Monte Rosa, the second highest summit in the Alps.
  • 1876
    Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
  • 1944
    The Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation breaks out in Warsaw, Poland.
  • 1966
    Charles Whitman kills 16 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.
  • 1984
    Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.
  • 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?

  • 1894
    Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (d. 1927)
  • 1912
    Henry Jones, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1924
    Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Julie Bovasso, American actor and writer (d. 1991)
  • 1941
    Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1953
    Robert Cray, American singer
  • 1954
    Benno Möhlmann, German footballer
  • 1963
    Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut
  • 1964
    Adam Duritz, American musician (Counting Crows)
  • 1976
    Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer

Who died on August 1?

  • 1464
    Cosimo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1386)
  • 1796
    Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)
  • 1911
    Samuel Arza Davenport, American politician (b. 1843)
  • 1920
    Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian nationalist leader (b. 1856)
  • 1922
    Donát Bánki, Hungarian mechanical engineer (b. 1856)
  • 1966
    Charles Whitman, American mass murderer (shot by police) (b. 1941)
  • 1973
    Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer (b. 1882)
  • 1996
    Frida Boccara, French singer (b. 1940)
  • 1998
    Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (b. 1927)
  • 2001
    Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)

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