August 1 in history

On August 1:

30 BC Octavian (later known as Augustus) entered Alexandria bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.


10BC Claudius, Roman Emperor was born (d. 54).


69 Batavian rebellion: The Batavians in Germania Inferior (Netherlands) revolted under the leadership of Gaius Julius Civilis.

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527 Justinian I became the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.

607  Ono no Imoko was dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China.

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902 Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, was captured by the Aghlabid army.

1203  Isaac II Angelus, restored Eastern Roman Emperor, declared his son Alexius IV Angelus co-emperor after pressure from the forces of the Fourth Crusade.


1291  The Swiss Confederation was formed with the signature of the Federal Charter.

1461  Edward IV was crowned king of England.

1498 Christopher Columbus became the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.


1545 Andrew Melville, Scottish theologian and religious reformer (d. 1622) Scottish theologian and religious reformer, was born (d. 1622).


1619 First African slaves arrived in Jamestown, Virginia.


1664  The Ottoman Empire was defeated in the Battle of Saint Gotthard by an Austrian army led by Raimondo Montecuccoli, resulting in the Peace of Vasvár.

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1774 The element oxygen was discovered for the third (and last) time.

1798 French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of the Nile (Battle of Aboukir Bay) began when a British fleet engaged the French Revolutionary Navy fleet in an unusual night action.

On a choppy sea, a large warship burns out of control. The central ship is flanked by two other largely undamaged ships. In the foreground two small boats full of men row between floating wreckage to which men are clinging.

1800  The Act of Union 1800 was passed which merged the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.


1820  London’s Regent’s Canal opened.


1828 Bolton and Leigh Railway opened to freight traffic.

1831  A new London Bridge opened.


1832  The Black Hawk War ended.

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1834  Slavery was abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into force.

1837 Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, American labor organiser, was born(d. 1930).


1838 Non-labourer slaves in most of the British Empire were emancipated.

1840 Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire were emancipated.

1842 Lombard Street Riot erupted.

1855 First ascent of Dufourspitze (Monte Rosa), the second highest summit in the Swiss Alps.


1894 The First Sino-Japanese War began between Japan and China over Korea.

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1902 The United States bought the rights to the Panama Canal from France.


1907  Start of First Scout camp on Brownsea Island.


1914 Germany declared war on Russia at the opening of World War I.

1916 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet, was born (d. 2000).

1927 The Nanchang Uprising – 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.


1936 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, was born (d. 2008).

1937  Tito read the resolution “Manifesto of constitutional congress of KPH” to the Croatian Communist Party in woods near Samobor.


1941  The first Jeep was produced.


1942 Jerry Garcia, American musician (The Grateful Dead), was born (d. 1995).


1944  Anne Frank made the last entry in her diary.


1944  Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation began.


1949 Kurmanbek Bakiyev, President of Kyrgyzstan, was born.


1951 Tommy Bolin, American musician (Deep Purple), was born (d. 1976).


1957  The United States and Canada formed the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD).

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1959 Joe Elliott, English musician (Def Leppard), was born.


1960Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.

1964  The Belgian Congo was renamed the Republic of the Congo.

1966 Charles Whitman killed 15 people at The University of Texas before being killed by the police.

1966  Purges of intellectuals and imperialists became official Chinese policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.


1967  Israel annexed East Jerusalem.


1968 The coronation of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei.

1975  CSCE Final Act created the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

1980  Buttevant Rail Disaster killed 18 and injured dozens of train passengers.

1981 MTV began broadcasting in the United States and aired its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

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1987 Maori became an official language in New Zealand.

Maori becomes official language

1993  The Great Flood of 1993 in the US Mid-West  peaked.

Flood waters inundated parts of Jefferson City, MO and threatened the Missouri State Capitol during the "Great Flood of 1993".

1995  The first Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

1996  Michael Johnson broke the 200m world record by 0.30 seconds with a time of 19.32 seconds at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

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2001 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore had 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 killed 396 people and injured 500 in Asunción, Paraguay.

Building under renovation with banners in Spanish draping off the sides.

2007  The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge collapsed during the evening rush hour.

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2009 gay centre shooting in Tel Aviv.


Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia

4 Responses to August 1 in history

  1. Andrei says:

    Is HP as deadhead?

    Probably not but for those that are

  2. homepaddock says:

    Would you believe I’ve never knowingly heard any of their music before?

    Thanks for broadening my musical horizon.

  3. adam2314 says:

    Will stand corrected..

    Always thought that it was 1801 the UNION FLAG…

    Near enough..

    It is still a FLAG.. not a JACK..

    I still have the bruises from ” THE ”
    Royal Navy Training Ship ( 15 years old ) To prove it.. ( And proud to show them )..

    Unable to participate in Mondays Quizz again.. Travelling.

  4. homepaddock says:

    I’ll back you over Wikipedia, Adam.

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