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, 1,470,009,600 seconds 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1907
    The start of first Scout camp on Brownsea Island, the origin of the worldwide Scouting movement.
  • 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.
  • 1966
    Charles Whitman kills 16 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.
  • 1993
    The Great Flood of 1993 comes to a peak.
  • 2001
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.
  • 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?

  • 1779
    Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and lyricist (d. 1843)
  • 1885
    George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1966)
  • 1910
    Mohammad Nissar, Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
  • 1944
    Andrew G. Vajna, Hungarian-American film producer
  • 1951
    Tommy Bolin, American musician (Deep Purple) (d. 1976)
  • 1956
    Tom Leykis, American radio personality
  • 1958
    Kiki Vandeweghe, American basketball player
  • 1963
    Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut
  • 1968
    Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Japanese baseball player
  • 1977
    Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on August 1?

  • 1227
    Shimazu Tadahisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1179)
  • 1402
    Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England (b. 1341)
  • 1851
    William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • 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)
  • 2004
    Philip Abelson, American physicist, (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Wibo, Dutch cartoonist (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)

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