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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, 24,588,000 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 ‘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

  • 1811
    The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orléans, Louisiana.
  • 1890
    Yosemite National Park is established by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1905
    František Pavlík is killed in a demonstration in Prague, inspiring Leoš Janáček to the piano composition 1. X. 1905.
  • 1920
    Sir Percy Cox lands in Basra to assume his responsibilities as high commissioner in Iraq.
  • 1975
    The Seychelles gain internal self-government. The Ellice Islands split from Gilbert Islands and take the name Tuvalu.

Who were born on October 1?

  • 1910
    José Enrique Moyal, Australian mathematical physicist (d. 1998)
  • 1945
    Spider Sabich, American skier (d. 1976)
  • 1947
    Stephen Collins, American actor
  • 1950
    Mark Helias, American jazz double bass player and composer
  • 1975
    Chulpan Khamatova, Russian actress

Who died on October 1?

  • 1404
    Pope Boniface IX (b. 1356)
  • 1578
    Don John of Austria, military leader (b. 1547)
  • 1693
    Pedro Abarca, Spanish theologian (b. 1619)
  • 1997
    Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and theme song composer (b. 1928)

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