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

  • 607
    Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).
  • 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.
  • 1834
    Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
  • 1838
    Non-labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1876
    Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
  • 1957
    The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
  • 1960
    Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.
  • 1980
    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the country’s first democratically elected female head of state
  • 1993
    The Great Flood of 1993 comes to a peak.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 1713
    Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (d. 1780)
  • 1818
    Maria Mitchell, American astronomer (d. 1889)
  • 1837
    Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, American labor organizer (d. 1930)
  • 1930
    Károly Grósz, Hungarian politician (d. 1996)
  • 1942
    Giancarlo Giannini, Italian actor
  • 1946
    Fiona Stanley, Australian epidemiologist
  • 1956
    Tom Leykis, American radio personality
  • 1963
    Dean Wareham, New Zealand musician (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean and Britta)
  • 1981
    Ashley Parker Angel, American singer and actor
  • 1985
    Adam Jones, American baseball player

Who died on August 1?

  • 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)
  • 1795
    Clas Bjerkander, Swedish meteorologist, botanist, and entomologist(b. 1735)
  • 1851
    William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • 1977
    Francis Gary Powers, American spy plane pilot (b. 1929)
  • 1980
    Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1980
    Strother Martin, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1998
    Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Wibo, Dutch cartoonist (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Ferenc Szusza, Hungarian football player (b. 1923)

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