What happened this day in history August 1

What are the important events that happened on August 1? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 1: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 1 is the 214th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 152 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 19, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 443,400 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 ‘dihectadecatetragon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 195 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 2,780 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 1 Historical Events

  • 30 BC
    Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.
  • 69
    Batavian rebellion: The Batavians in Germania Inferior (Netherlands) revolt under the leadership of Gaius Julius Civilis.
  • 1291
    The Old Swiss Confederacy is formed with the signature of the Federal Charter.
  • 1498
    Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
  • 1800
    The Act of Union 1800 is passed in which merges the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 1876
    Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
  • 1957
    The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).
  • 1960
    Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.
  • 1960
    Islamabad is declared the federal capital of the Government of Pakistan.
  • 1993
    The Great Flood of 1993 comes to a peak.

Who were born on August 1?

  • 1779
    Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and lyricist (d. 1843)
  • 1910
    Mohammad Nissar, Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
  • 1914
    J. Lee Thompson, British film director (d. 2002)
  • 1949
    Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Kyrgyzstan
  • 1955
    Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (d. 2006)
  • 1960
    Suzi Gardner, guitarist and songwriter (L7)
  • 1966
    James St. James, American author and nightlife personality
  • 1968
    Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed)
  • 1976
    Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer
  • 1987
    Sébastien Pocognoli, Belgian footballer

Who died on August 1?

  • 1798
    François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (killed in battle) (b. 1753)
  • 1812
    Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1977
    Francis Gary Powers, American spy plane pilot (b. 1929)
  • 1996
    Frida Boccara, French singer (b. 1940)
  • 1997
    Sviatoslav Richter, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1915)
  • 2001
    Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • 2008
    Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2009
    Corazon Aquino, Former President of the Philippines (b. 1933)
  • 2010
    Eric Tindill, New Zealand rugby and cricket international player and referee/umpire (b. 1910)
  • 2010
    Lolita Lebrón, Puerto Rican nationalist (b. 1919)

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