On This Day

What Happened on August 1

Important 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 by isolating it in its gaseous state
  • 1834 Slavery abolished throughout the British Empire - Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into effect
  • 1958 US atomic submarine USS Nautilus begins 1st transit of North Pole "operation Sunshine"
More Historical Events

August 1 in Film & TV

  • 1981 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM

August 1 in Music

August 1 in Sport

  • 1936 XI Summer Olympic Games are opened by Adolph Hitler in Berlin

Did You Know?

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

On August 1, 1907

Would You Believe?

Anthrax outbreak in Yamalo-Nenets, Siberia kills one and infects 8 others, also kills 2,300 reindeer, global warming blamed

On August 1, 2016

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

Famous Divorces

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