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

  • 1837
    A system of the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths is established in England and Wales.
  • 1916
    World War I: First day on the Somme – On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army are killed and 40,000 wounded.
  • 1921
    The Communist Party of China is founded.
  • 1923
    The Canadian Parliament suspends all Chinese immigration.
  • 1968
    The CIA’s Phoenix Program is officially established.

Who were born on July 1?

  • 1899
    Thomas A. Dorsey, American composer (d. 1993)
  • 1947
    Shirley Hemphill, American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1957
    Lisa Blount, American actress and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1976
    Patrick Kluivert, Dutch footballer
  • 1983
    Lynsey Bartilson, American actress

Who died on July 1?

  • 1905
    John Hay, American statesman (b. 1838)
  • 1961
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (b. 1894)
  • 1999
    Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (b. 1904)
  • 2005
    Luther Vandross, American singer (b. 1951)
  • 2009
    Mollie Sugden, English actress (b. 1922)

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