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’.

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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 July 1? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 1: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 1 is the 183rd day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 183 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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

When this day started, 24,455,520 minutes 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 ‘hectaoctacontatrigon’ day.

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

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 211 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 1,288 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 1: This Day In History

The end of this day marks the halfway point of a leap year. It also falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in a leap year.

July 1 Historical Events

  • 1916
    World War I: First day on the Somme – On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army are killed and 40,000 wounded.
  • 1959
    Specific values for the international yard, avoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) are adopted after agreement between the U.S.A., the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.
  • 1980
    O Canada officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • 1984
    The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.
  • 2003
    Over 500,000 people protested against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong.

Who were born on July 1?

  • 1934
    Jamie Farr, American actor
  • 1941
    Myron Scholes, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1966
    Shawn Burr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Thomas Sadoski, American actor
  • 1981
    Amanda Diva, American actress and rapper

Who died on July 1?

  • 1774
    Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, English statesman (b. 1705)
  • 1950
    Gottlieb Eliel Saarinen, Finnish architect (b. 1873)
  • 2003
    Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)
  • 2009
    Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer and politician (b. 1952)
  • 2010
    Geoffrey Hutchings, British actor (b. 1939)

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