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

  • 1878
    Canada joins the Universal Postal Union.
  • 1959
    The Party of the African Federation holds its constitutive conference.
  • 1968
    Formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL-CIO.
  • 1980
    O Canada officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
  • 1984
    The PG-13 rating is introduced by the MPAA.

Who were born on July 1?

  • 1731
    Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan Royal Navy Admiral (d.1804)
  • 1920
    Harold Sakata, American actor (d. 1982)
  • 1926
    Robert Fogel, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1949
    John Farnham, English-born Australian singer
  • 1974
    Jefferson Pérez, Ecuadorian race walker

Who died on July 1?

  • 1967
    Gerhard Ritter, German historian (b. 1888)
  • 1992
    Francisco Mendes, Guinea-Bissau politician (b. 1933)
  • 2003
    Herbie Mann, American jazz flutist (b. 1930)
  • 2008
    Mark Dean Schwab, American rapist and murderer (b. 1968)
  • 2010
    Arnold Friberg, American illustrator (b. 1913)

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