What happened on August 1? There are more than 286 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 1

August 1 In HistoryAugust 1 is the 214th day of the year 2020. There are 152 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday. This day falls under the 31st week of the year 2020.

On this day in Oakland, California 94627 sunrise occured at 06:12 AM and sunset occured at 08:15 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 195 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For August 1

  • 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.
  • 527
    Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
  • 607
    Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607).
  • 902
    Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, is captured by the Aghlabid army.
  • 1203
    Isaac II Angelus, restored Eastern Roman Emperor, declares his son Alexius IV Angelus co-emperor after pressure from the forces of the Fourth Crusade.
  • 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.
  • 1664
    The Ottoman Empire is defeated in the Battle of Saint Gotthard by an Austrian army led by Raimondo Montecuccoli, resulting in the Peace of Vasvár.
  • 1759
    Seven Years’ War: The Battle of Minden, an allied Anglo-German army victory over the French. In Britain this was one of a number of events that constituted the Annus Mirabilis of 1759 and is celebrated as Minden Day by certain British Army regiments.
  • 1798
    French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of the Nile (Battle of Aboukir Bay) – Battle begins when a British fleet engages the French Revolutionary Navy fleet in an unusual night action.
  • 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.
  • 1801
    First Barbary War: The American schooner USS Enterprise captures the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli in a single-ship action off the coast of modern-day Libya.
  • 1831
    A new London Bridge opens.
  • 1834
    Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
  • 1838
    Non-labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1840
    Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
  • 1842
    The Lombard Street Riot erupts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US.
  • 1855
    The first ascent of Monte Rosa, the second highest summit in the Alps.
  • 1876
    Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
  • 1894
    The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea.
  • 1907
    The start of first Scout camp on Brownsea Island, the origin of the worldwide Scouting movement.
  • 1914
    Germany declares war on Russia at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilises because of World War I.
  • 1927
    The Nanchang Uprising marks the first significant battle in the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China. This day is commemorated as the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.
  • 1937
    Josip Broz Tito reads the resolution “Manifesto of constitutional congress of KPH” to the constitutive congress of KPH (Croatian Communist Party) in woods near Samobor.
  • 1944
    The Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation breaks out in Warsaw, Poland.
  • 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.
  • 1964
    The Belgian Congo is renamed the Republic of the Congo.
  • 1966
    Charles Whitman kills 16 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.
  • 1966
    Purges of intellectuals and imperialists becomes official People’s Republic of China policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
  • 1968
    The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.
  • 1974
    Cyprus dispute: The United Nations Security Council authorizes the UNFICYP to create the “Green Line”, dividing Cyprus into two zones.
  • 1975
    CSCE Final Act creates the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
  • 1980
    Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • 1980
    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the country’s first democratically elected female head of state
  • 1981
    MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
  • 1984
    Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.
  • 1993
    The Great Flood of 1993 comes to a peak.
  • 2001
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.
  • 2004
    A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.
  • 2007
    The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.

Who Were Born On August 1?

  • 10 BC
    Claudius, Roman Emperor (d. 54)
  • 126
    Pertinax, Roman Emperor (d. 193)
  • 1313
    Emperor Kōgon of Japan (d. 1364)
  • 1377
    Emperor Go-Komatsu of Japan (d. 1433)
  • 1545
    Andrew Melville, Scottish theologian and religious reformer (d. 1622)
  • 1555
    Edward Kelley, English spirit medium (d. 1597)
  • 1579
    Luís Vélez de Guevara, Spanish writer (d. 1644)
  • 1626
    Sabbatai Zevi, Montenegrin rabbi, kabbalist, and founder of the Jewish Sabbatean movement (d. 1676)
  • 1630
    Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh, English statesman (d. 1673)
  • 1713
    Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (d. 1780)
  • 1714
    Richard Wilson, Welsh painter (d. 1782)
  • 1738
    Jacques François Dugommier, French general (d. 1794)
  • 1744
    Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French scientist (d. 1829)
  • 1770
    William Clark, American explorer (d. 1838)
  • 1779
    Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and lyricist (d. 1843)
  • 1779
    Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (d. 1851)
  • 1815
    Richard Henry Dana, Jr., American lawyer, politician, and author (d. 1882)
  • 1818
    Maria Mitchell, American astronomer (d. 1889)
  • 1819
    Herman Melville, American writer (d. 1891)
  • 1837
    Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, American labor organizer (d. 1930)
  • 1843
    Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln; 35th United States Secretary of War (d. 1926)
  • 1856
    George Coulthard, Former Australian rules footballer and cricketer (d. 1883)
  • 1858
    Gaston Doumergue, French President (d. 1937)
  • 1858
    Hans Rott, Austrian composer (d. 1884)
  • 1861
    Sammy Jones, Former Australian cricketer (d. 1951)
  • 1871
    John Lester, American cricketer (d. 1969)
  • 1881
    Otto Toeplitz, German mathematician (d. 1940)
  • 1885
    George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1966)
  • 1885
    George de Hevesy, Hungarian radiochemist and Nobel laureate (d. 1966)
  • 1889
    Walter Gerlach, German physicist (d. 1979)
  • 1891
    Karl Kobelt, Swiss politician (d. 1968)
  • 1892
    Kinsan Ginsan, Japanese identical twins who lived to ages 107 and 108, respectively.
  • 1893
    King Alexander I of Greece (d. 1920)
  • 1894
    Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (d. 1927)
  • 1900
    Otto Nothling, Former Australian cricketer and rugby union footballer (d. 1965)
  • 1901
    Pancho Villa, Filipino world boxing champion (d. 1925)
  • 1907
    Eric Shipton, British mountaineer (d. 1977)
  • 1910
    James Henry Govier, British artist (d. 1974)
  • 1910
    Mohammad Nissar, Indian cricketer (d. 1963)
  • 1910
    Walter Scharf, American composer (d. 2003)
  • 1911
    Jackie Ormes, American cartoonist (d. 1985)
  • 1912
    Henry Jones, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1914
    J. Lee Thompson, British film director (d. 2002)
  • 1916
    Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (d. 2000)
  • 1916
    Fiorenzo Angelini, Italian cardinal
  • 1921
    Jack Kramer, American tennis player (d. 2009)
  • 1923
    Val Bettin, American voice actor
  • 1924
    Frank Worrell, Former West Indian cricketer (d. 1967)
  • 1924
    Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (d. 2007)
  • 1925
    Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Theo Adam, German bass-baritone
  • 1929
    Ann Calvello, Roller Derby queen (d. 2006)
  • 1930
    Julie Bovasso, American actor and writer (d. 1991)
  • 1930
    Károly Grósz, Hungarian politician (d. 1996)
  • 1930
    Lionel Bart, English song-writer (d. 1999)
  • 1930
    Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (d. 2002)
  • 1931
    Ramblin' Jack Elliott, American folk musician
  • 1931
    Trevor Goddard, Former South African cricketer
  • 1932
    Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (d. 1972)
  • 1932
    Meir Kahane, American founder of the Jewish Defense League (d. 1990)
  • 1933
    Dom DeLuise, American actor and comedian (d. 2009)
  • 1933
    Dušan Třeštík, Czech historian (d. 2007)
  • 1933
    Jesse Corti, Venezuelan-born actor and comedian
  • 1933
    Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese baseball player
  • 1934
    John Beck, Former New Zealand cricketer (d. 2000)
  • 1935
    Geoff Pullar, Former England cricketer
  • 1936
    W.D. Hamilton, British evolutionary biologist (d. 2000)
  • 1936
    Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer (d. 2008)
  • 1937
    Al D'Amato, United States Senator from New York
  • 1940
    Mervyn Kitchen, Former Somerset cricketer and cricket international umpire
  • 1940
    Ram Loevy, Israeli screenwriter and director
  • 1941
    Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1941
    Ron Brown, 30th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and 40th Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (d. 1996)
  • 1942
    André Gagnon, French Canadian pianist and composer
  • 1942
    Giancarlo Giannini, Italian actor
  • 1942
    Jerry Garcia, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 1995)
  • 1944
    Andrew G. Vajna, Hungarian-American film producer
  • 1945
    Douglas D. Osheroff, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1945
    Sandi Griffiths, American singer, The Lawrence Welk Show
  • 1946
    Boz Burrell, British musician (King Crimson, Bad Company) (d. 2006)
  • 1946
    Fiona Stanley, Australian epidemiologist
  • 1946
    Rick Coonce, rock drummer for The Grass Roots
  • 1947
    Chris L. Barnard, Welsh footballer
  • 1947
    Dennis Zine, Los Angeles city councilman
  • 1949
    Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Kyrgyzstan
  • 1949
    Ray Nettles, professional football player (d. 2009)
  • 1950
    Bunkhouse Buck, American professional wrestler
  • 1950
    Jim Carroll, American poet and actor (d. 2009)
  • 1951
    Pete Mackanin, American baseball player
  • 1951
    Tommy Bolin, American musician (Deep Purple) (d. 1976)
  • 1952
    Yajurvindra Singh, Former Indian cricketer
  • 1952
    Zoran Đinđić, Prime Minister of Serbia (d. 2003)
  • 1953
    Howard Kurtz, American journalist
  • 1953
    Robert Cray, American singer
  • 1954
    Benno Möhlmann, German footballer
  • 1954
    James Gleick, American author, journalist, and biographer
  • 1955
    Arun Lal, Former Indian cricketer
  • 1955
    Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (d. 2006)
  • 1956
    Tom Leykis, American radio personality
  • 1958
    Kiki Vandeweghe, American basketball player
  • 1958
    Michael Penn, American singer and songwriter
  • 1958
    Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs) (d. 2000)
  • 1958
    Tor Håkon Holte, Norwegian cross country skier
  • 1959
    Joe Elliott, English musician (Def Leppard)
  • 1959
    Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician
  • 1960
    Chuck D, American activist and rapper (Public Enemy)
  • 1960
    Suzi Gardner, guitarist and songwriter (L7)
  • 1962
    Jacob Matlala, South African boxer
  • 1962
    Jesse Borrego, American actor
  • 1963
    Coolio, American rapper
  • 1963
    Dean Wareham, New Zealand musician (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean and Britta)
  • 1963
    Demián Bichir, Mexican actor
  • 1963
    John Carroll Lynch, American actor
  • 1963
    Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut
  • 1963
    Lynette Sadleir, New Zealand Olympic synchronised swimmer
  • 1964
    Adam Duritz, American musician (Counting Crows)
  • 1965
    Sam Mendes, British stage and film director
  • 1966
    James St. James, American author and nightlife personality
  • 1967
    Gregg Jefferies, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed)
  • 1968
    Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Japanese baseball player
  • 1968
    Stacey Augmon, American basketball player
  • 1969
    David Wain, American actor
  • 1969
    Graham Thorpe, Former England cricketer
  • 1969
    Kevin Jarvis, American baseball player
  • 1970
    David James, English footballer
  • 1972
    Devon Hughes, American professional wrestler
  • 1972
    Nicke Royale, Swedish musician (The Hellacopters)
  • 1972
    Tanya Reid, Canadian actress
  • 1973
    Eduardo Noriega, Spanish actor
  • 1973
    Edurne Pasaban, Spanish mountaineer
  • 1973
    Gregg Berhalter, American footballer
  • 1973
    Tempestt Bledsoe, American actress
  • 1973
    Veerle Dejaeghere, Belgian athlete
  • 1974
    Beckie Scott, Canadian cross-country skiing athlete
  • 1975
    Teresa Mak, Hong Kong actress
  • 1976
    Cristian Stoica, Romanian-born Italian rugby player
  • 1976
    Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer
  • 1976
    Nwankwo Kanu, Nigerian footballer
  • 1976
    Søren Jochumsen, Danish footballer
  • 1977
    Damien Saez, French musician, songwriter, and author
  • 1977
    Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977
    Yoshi Tatsu, Japanese professional wrestler and boxer
  • 1978
    Andy Blignaut, Former Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1978
    Dhani Harrison, English musician
  • 1978
    Edgerrin James, American football player
  • 1979
    Honeysuckle Weeks, Welsh-born actress
  • 1979
    Jason Momoa, American actor
  • 1979
    Junior Agogo, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1980
    Mancini, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981
    Ashley Parker Angel, American singer and actor
  • 1981
    Stephen Hunt, Irish footballer
  • 1982
    Ai Tominaga, Japanese model and actress
  • 1983
    David Gervasi, Swiss decathlete
  • 1984
    Bastian Schweinsteiger, German footballer
  • 1984
    Francesco Gavazzi, Italian cyclist
  • 1984
    Valery Ortiz, Puerto Rican actress
  • 1985
    Adam Jones, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Stuart Holden, American footballer
  • 1986
    Andrew Taylor, English footballer
  • 1986
    Anton Stralman, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player
  • 1986
    Lucas Simón, Argentine footballer
  • 1987
    Lee Wallace, Scottish footballer
  • 1987
    Rumi Hiiragi, Japanese actress
  • 1987
    Sébastien Pocognoli, Belgian footballer
  • 1989
    Madison Bumgarner, American baseball player
  • 1989
    Tiffany (Stephanie Hwang), American-born South Korean singer (Girls’ Generation)
  • 1990
    Jack O'Connell, English actor (Skins)
  • 1991
    Marco Puntoriere, Italian footballer
  • 1993
    Leon Thomas III, American actor
  • 1998
    Khamani Griffin, American actor

Who Died On August 1?

  • 30 BC
    Mark Antony, Roman politician and general (b. 83 BC)
  • 371
    St Eusebius of Vercelli, Italian bishop (b. 283)
  • 527
    Emperor Justin I (b. 450)
  • 1137
    King Louis VI of France (b. 1081)
  • 1227
    Shimazu Tadahisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1179)
  • 1252
    Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, Italian explorer (b. c.1180)
  • 1402
    Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England (b. 1341)
  • 1457
    Lorenzo Valla, Italian humanist (b. c.1406)
  • 1464
    Cosimo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1386)
  • 1541
    Simon Grynaeus, German theologian (b. 1493)
  • 1546
    Peter Faber, French Jesuit theologian (b. 1506)
  • 1557
    Olaus Magnus, Swedish writer (b. 1490)
  • 1580
    Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (b. 1524)
  • 1589
    Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567)
  • 1675
    Weetamoo, sachem of Pocasetts, a band of the Wampanoag Indians her death winding up the end of King Philip’s War (b. 1635)
  • 1714
    Queen Anne of Great Britain (b. 1665)
  • 1787
    Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Italian founder of the Redemptionist order (b. 1696)
  • 1795
    Clas Bjerkander, Swedish meteorologist, botanist, and entomologist(b. 1735)
  • 1796
    Robert Pigot, British army officer (b. 1720)
  • 1798
    François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers, French admiral (killed in battle) (b. 1753)
  • 1807
    John Walker, British lexicographer (b. 1732)
  • 1812
    Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • 1851
    William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • 1866
    John Ross (aka. Kooweskoowe), Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (b. 1790)
  • 1903
    Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman (b. 1853)
  • 1911
    Edwin Austin Abbey, American painter (b. 1852)
  • 1911
    Samuel Arza Davenport, American politician (b. 1843)
  • 1917
    Frank Little, American labor organizer (lynched) (b. 1879)
  • 1918
    John Riley Banister, American cowboy and Texas Ranger (b. 1854)
  • 1920
    Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian nationalist leader (b. 1856)
  • 1922
    Donát Bánki, Hungarian mechanical engineer (b. 1856)
  • 1929
    Syd Gregory, Australian cricketer (b. 1870)
  • 1938
    John Aasen, American actor (b. 1890)
  • 1943
    Lydia Litvyak, Soviet female flying ace (b. 1921)
  • 1944
    Manuel L. Quezon, First President of the Philippine Commonwealth (b. 1878)
  • 1945
    Gyula Csortos, Hungarian film actor (b. 1883)
  • 1966
    Charles Whitman, American mass murderer (shot by police) (b. 1941)
  • 1967
    Richard Kuhn, Austrian chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1900)
  • 1970
    Frances Farmer, American actress (b. 1913)
  • 1970
    Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician and physiologist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1883)
  • 1973
    Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer (b. 1882)
  • 1973
    Walter Ulbricht, German communist statesman (b. 1893)
  • 1974
    Ildebrando Antoniutti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1898)
  • 1977
    Francis Gary Powers, American spy plane pilot (b. 1929)
  • 1980
    Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • 1980
    Strother Martin, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1981
    Paddy Chayefsky, American writer (b. 1923)
  • 1989
    John Ogdon, British pianist (b. 1937)
  • 1990
    Graham Young, British serial killer (b. 1947)
  • 1990
    Norbert Elias, German sociologist (b. 1897)
  • 1996
    Frida Boccara, French singer (b. 1940)
  • 1996
    Lucille Teasdale-Corti, Canadian physician and international aid worker (b. 1929)
  • 1996
    Tadeus Reichstein, Polish chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1997
    Sviatoslav Richter, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1915)
  • 1998
    Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (b. 1927)
  • 1999
    Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • 2001
    Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • 2003
    Guy Thys, Belgian football coach (b. 1922)
  • 2003
    Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • 2004
    Alexandra Scott, founder of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, (b. 1996)
  • 2004
    Philip Abelson, American physicist, (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Constant Nieuwenhuys, Dutch painter (b. 1920)
  • 2005
    King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Wibo, Dutch cartoonist (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (b. 1924)
  • 2006
    Ferenc Szusza, Hungarian football player (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • 2006
    Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)
  • 2007
    Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
  • 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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