1 August

August 1 is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 152 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about August 1st, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 1st in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Girlfriends Day
  • Respect for Parents Day
  • Yorkshire Day
  • International Childfree Day
  • National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
  • World Wide Web Day
  • Rounds Resounding Day
  • World Lung Cancer Day
  • National Minority Donor Awareness Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – August 1

1981: Music Television is launched

The channel, popularly known as MTV was mostly known for showing music videos and for being hosted by Video Jockeys.

1951: Japan Airlines (JAL) is founded

The flagship airlines of Japan, JAL started operating on October 25, 1951

1936: The XI Summer Olympics are opened in Berlin by Adolf Hitler

Initially, Jews and people of African descent were to be barred from the games, however, a boycott was threatened by several countries and the German organizers relented. 18 African-American athletes, including James “Jesse” Owens and Matthew “Mack” Robinson, placed well in the track and field events, winning several medals.

1834: Slavery abolished in British Empire

The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into force a year after it was passed by the British Parliament. The act was repealed in 1998.

1774: Joseph Priestley discovered Oxygen.

When he heated mercuric oxide, he found that a gas was released that could reignite a glowing splinter. This gas was oxygen.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, August 1

1942: Jerry Garcia, American singer-songwriter, guitarist

1932: Meena Kumari, Indian actress

1930: Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist

1929: Hafizullah Amin, Afghan politician

1819: Herman Melville, American writer

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, August 1

2022: Bill Russell, NBA great and Celtics legend.

2009: Corazon Aquino: Filipino politician, 11th President of the Philippines

1970: Frances Farmer, American actress

1944: Manuel L. Quezon, Filipino politician, 2nd President of the Philippines

1920: Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian lawyer, social reformer

1714: Anne, Queen of Great Britain

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