What Happened on July 1

Historical Events

  • 1689 Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu Japan
  • 1858 The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.
  • 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pa; Lee's northward advance halted
  • 1867 The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister
  • 1916 First day of the Battle of the Somme: the British Army suffers its worst day, losing 19,240 men (WWI)
  • 1921 The Communist Party of China is founded and Chen Duxiu elected its leader
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Did You Know?

1st Tour de France bicycle race begins

On July 1, 1903

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 "Medium" actress Patricia Arquette (40) divorces actor Thomas Jane (39) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage
  • 2011 Actor Ryan Reynolds (34) and actress Scarlett Johansson (26) divorce due to irreconcilable differences after two years of marriage
  • 2011 Ann Serano Lopez divorces actor and talk show host George Lopez (49) due to irreconcilable differences
  • 2011 Journalist and executive producer Maria Shriver (55) divorces Hollywood action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger (63) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage
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