On This Day

What Happened on August 1, 2021

Historical Events

  • 394 migrants rescued from a stricken vessel by humanitarian NGO ships in Tunisian waters [1]
  • American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins his 5th gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay
  • American swimmer Robert Finke wins men's 1,500m gold in 14:39.65 at the Tokyo Olympics, completing long distance double 800/1,500m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

American virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci says "things are going to get worse" as US COVID-19 cases double in 10 days due to surge of Delta variant

Immunologist and Infectious Disease Expert Anthony Fauci
Immunologist and Infectious Disease Expert
Anthony Fauci
  • Australian swimmer Emma McKeon claims gold in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay for total 7 medals at Tokyo Olympics; equals record set by Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952
  • Canada marks its first Emancipation Day (date slavery abolished in the British Empire in 1834)
  • Chinese diver Shi Tingmao completes women's 3m springboard/synchronized 3m springboard double at the Tokyo Olympics for second consecutive Games
  • Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar avoid a jump-off by agreeing to share the long jump gold medal after tying on 2.37m at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Marcell Jacobs becomes first Italian athlete to win the coveted 100m in 9.80 at the Tokyo Olympics
  • Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing names himself Prime Minister, pledges to hold elections by 2023
  • The US passes the 35 million mark in COVID-19 cases with California becoming first state to record 4 million cases
  • Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas records a WR 15.67m to claim the women's gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics

Famous Deaths

  • David A. Gall, Canadian thoroughbred Hall of Fame jockey (US Champion Jockey by wins 1979, 81; first to ride 8 winners on single US race card), dies at 79
  • Ian Thomson, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 9 wickets; Sussex), dies at 92
2021 Highlights

About August 1, 2021

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 1 month and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Leo