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 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

  • 1915
    Lieutenant Kurt Wintgens achieves the first known aerial victory with a synchronized gun-equipped fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker.
  • 1959
    The Party of the African Federation holds its constitutive conference.
  • 1963
    The British Government admits that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent.
  • 1966
    The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.
  • 1970
    President General Yahya Khan abolishes One-Unit of West Pakistan restoring the provinces.

Who were born on July 1?

  • 1804
    George Sand, French writer (d. 1876)
  • 1913
    Vasantrao Naik, Indian politician (d. 1979)
  • 1930
    Moustapha Akkad, Syrian-American filmmaker (d. 2005)
  • 1952
    Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician (d. 2006)
  • 1957
    Hannu Kamppuri, Finnish ice hockey player

Who died on July 1?

  • 1925
    Erik Satie, French composer (b. 1866)
  • 1971
    William Lawrence Bragg, English physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1890)
  • 1984
    Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian educator (b. 1904)
  • 1999
    Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (b. 1904)
  • 2003
    Nǃxau, Namibian actor (b. 1944)

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