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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, 409,800 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 ‘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

  • 1880
    First electric lamp factory is opened by Thomas Edison.
  • 1942
    First flight of the Bell XP-59 “Aircomet”.
  • 1946
    Mensa International is founded in the United Kingdom.
  • 1958
    NASA is created to replace NACA.
  • 1964
    The Free Speech Movement is launched on the campus of University of California, Berkeley.

Who were born on October 1?

  • 1904
    Otto Robert Frisch, Austrian-born physicist (d. 1979)
  • 1940
    Marc Savoy, American musician and instrument builder of the Cajun Accordion
  • 1943
    Angèle Arsenault, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1964
    Max Matsuura, Japanese record producer
  • 1969
    Marcus Stephen, Nauruan politician

Who died on October 1?

  • 959
    King Edwy of England
  • 1310
    Beatrice of Burgundy, Lady of Bourbon (b. 1257)
  • 1838
    Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist (b. 1768)
  • 1913
    Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1827)
  • 2011
    Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golf player (b. 1931)

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