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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

  • 1936
    Francisco Franco is named head of the Nationalist government of Spain.
  • 1962
    First broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
  • 1971
    The first brain-scan using x-ray computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
  • 1982
    Helmut Kohl replaces Helmut Schmidt as Chancellor of Germany through a Constructive Vote of No Confidence.
  • 1982
    Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101).

Who were born on October 1?

  • 1878
    Othmar Spann, Austrian philosopher and economist (d. 1950)
  • 1904
    Otto Robert Frisch, Austrian-born physicist (d. 1979)
  • 1942
    Robert Lelièvre, French singer, songwriter and guitar player
  • 1965
    Andreas Keller, German field hockey player
  • 2003
    Charlotte Cleverley-Bisman, New Zealander quadruple amputee

Who died on October 1?

  • 959
    King Edwy of England
  • 1040
    Alan III, Duke of Brittany (poisoned) (b. 997)
  • 1189
    Gerard de Ridefort, grandmaster of the Knights Templar
  • 1994
    Paul Lorenzen, German philosopher (b. 1915)
  • 2008
    John Biddle, American yachting cinematographer and lecturer (b. 1925)

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