1 July

1 July

July 1 is the 182nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 183 days remain until the end of the year. It is the last day of the first half of the year. 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.

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

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

Table of Contents

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

Global Celebrations

  • International Joke Day.
  • Happy Canada Day.
  • National Gingersnap Day
  • International Reggae Day
  • National Postal Worker Day
  • National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
  • Zip Code Day
  • National Second Half Of The Year Day
  • Chartered Accountants Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – July 1

2002: The International Criminal Court (ICC) is established

It is the first international judicial body that has the power to try individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. It was created by the Rome Statute, an international treaty that was signed in the Italian city of Rome in 1998.

1991: The Warsaw Pact, a defense treaty between 8 communist countries, is formally disbanded in Prague

The pact was founded in 1955, during the height of the Cold War, as a way to counterbalance the power of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Western Europe.

1979: The Walkman makes its appearance in stores for the first time

The portable audio cassette player was made by Sony and went on sale in Japan.

1908: SOS is adopted as the International Distress Signal

The 2nd International Radiotelegraphic Convention, which was signed in December 1906, made the Morse code distress signal (· · · – – – · · ·), the standard international maritime distress signal. Even though it was replaced by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System in 1999, SOS is universally seen as a distress call and is often mistakenly thought to be an abbreviation of Save Our Souls or Save Our Ship.

1903: The Tour de France Bicycle Race is flagged off for the first time

The now annual multi-leg bike race lasted for 20 days with a course that stretched about 1,500 miles. The race was first created by the sports daily, L’Auto , as a way to boost its circulation. The first Tour de France was win by Italian-French racer, Maurice Garin.

1978: Hollywood Sign before restoration (1978)

1978: Hollywood Sign before restoration (1978)

1936: British Army security trolleys in Palestine, 1936.

British Army security trolleys in Palestine, 1936.

1916: The Battle of the Somme started.

1913: ”Old enemies”. A Confederate veteran and a union veteran shaking hands on the 50th anniversary of Gettysburg, July 1913.

”Old enemies”. A Confederate veteran and a union veteran shaking hands on the 50th anniversary of Gettysburg, July 1913.

1901: Chinese merchants in Beijing enjoying a meal and entertainment in a tea house.

Chinese merchants in Beijing enjoying a meal and entertainment in a tea house.

1847: The United States Post Office issued its first general issue postage stamp. In 1847, Congress authorized United States postage stamps. The first general issue postage stamps went on sale in New York City, July 1, 1847. One, priced at five cents, depicted Benjamin Franklin.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, July 1

1971: Missy Elliott, American rapper, songwriter, producer, dancer, actress

1967: Pamela Anderson, Canadian/American model, actress, producer, author, activist

1961: Diana, Princess of Wales

1949: John Farnham, English/Australian singer-songwriter, musician

1934: Sydney Pollack, American director

Princess Diana was born.

Pamela Anderson was born.

Léa Seydoux was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, July 1

2006: Fred Trueman, English cricketer

2004: Marlon Brando, American actor

1974: Juan Perón, Argentine military officer, politician, 29th President of Argentina

1964: Pierre Monteux, French conductor

1925: Erik Satie, French pianist, composer

Marlon Brando died.

Charles Watson Wentworth died.

Alice Mary Robertson died.


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