On This Day for 1st August

Historical Events

  • 527 Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire
  • 1086 Results of the Domesday inquiry presented to William the Conqueror in Salisbury (the date of compilation and the Great Domesday are historically contestable)
  • 1774 Joseph Priestley, English theologian, chemist and author discovers oxygen
  • 1834 Slavery abolished throughout the British Empire - Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into effect
  • 1936 Adolf Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin
  • 1958 US atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st begins transit of North Pole "operation Sunshine"

Did You Know?

First Scout camp opens on Brownsea Island, in Poole Harbour, Dorset

On August 1st, 1907

Famous Weddings

  • 1404 Earl Engelbert I of Nassau marries Johanna of Poland
  • 1912 Physicist Niels Bohr (26) weds Margrethe Norlund at a civil ceremony in Slagelse, Denmark
  • 1942 Actress Janet Leigh (14) weds childhood sweetheart John Kenneth Carlisle (18) in Reno, Nevada
  • 1951 Actor Max Von Sydow (22) weds actress Christina Olin
  • 1986 Tennis ace John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal

Famous Divorces

  • 1976 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 6th divorce from actor Richard Burton (their 2nd divorce together)