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, 407,592 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 ‘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

  • 1862
    The Russian State Library is founded.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: the Battle of Gettysburg begins.
  • 1870
    The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.
  • 1885
    The United States terminates reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada.
  • 1979
    Sony introduces the Walkman.

Who were born on July 1?

  • 1869
    William Strunk, Jr., American grammarian (d. 1946)
  • 1916
    Olivia de Havilland, British-born actress
  • 1930
    Carol Chomsky, American linguist, wife of Noam Chomsky (d. 2008)
  • 1945
    Debbie Harry, American singer (Blondie)
  • 1951
    Anne Feeney, American protest singer

Who died on July 1?

  • 1622
    William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, British politician (b. 1575)
  • 1905
    John Hay, American statesman (b. 1838)
  • 1965
    Wally Hammond, English cricketer (b. 1903)
  • 1987
    Snakefinger, British guitarist, violinist and composer (The Residents) (b. 1949)
  • 1999
    Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-born film director (b. 1908)

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