Wikipedia defines history as the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. It came from the Greek word ‘historia’ – which means ‘inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation’.

Did you know? There are many who claim Herodotus, a fifth century BC Greek historian, as the “father of history”.

This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on October 1? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 1: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 1 is the 275th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 91 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 18, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,475,280,000 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 ‘dihectaheptacontapentagon’ day.

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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 119 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 1,380 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 1 Historical Events

  • 1829
    South African College is founded in Cape Town, South Africa; it will later separate into the University of Cape Town and the South African College Schools.
  • 1891
    In the U.S. state of California, Stanford University opens its doors.
  • 1964
    Japanese Shinkansen (“bullet trains”) begin high-speed rail service from Tokyo to Osaka.
  • 1968
    The Guyanese government takes over the British Guiana Broadcasting Service (BGBS).
  • 1989
    Denmark introduces the world’s first legal modern same-sex civil union called “registered partnership”.

Who were born on October 1?

  • 1910
    Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (d. 1934)
  • 1947
    Dave Arneson, American game designer (d. 2009)
  • 1953
    Klaus Wowereit, German politician, Mayor of Berlin
  • 1958
    Masato Nakamura, Japanese musician
  • 1980
    Antonio Narciso, Italian footballer

Who died on October 1?

  • 1578
    Don John of Austria, military leader (b. 1547)
  • 1838
    Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist (b. 1768)
  • 1942
    Ants Piip, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1884)
  • 1996
    Pat McGeown, Provisional Irish Republican Army member (b. 1956)
  • 2001
    Guy Beaulne, French-Canadian actor and theatre director (b. 1921)

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