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 English chemist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen by isolating it in its gaseous state
  • 1834 Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into effect, abolishes slavery throughout the British Empire
  • 1958 US atomic submarine USS Nautilus begins 1st transit of North Pole "operation Sunshine"
More Historical Events

Aug 1 in Film & TV

  • 1981 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM

Aug 1 in Music

Aug 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
  • 1708 Future Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI (32) marries Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (16) at the church of Santa María del Mar, Barcelona
  • 1912 Physicist Niels Bohr (26) weds Margrethe Norlund at a civil ceremony in Slagelse, Denmark

Famous Divorces

More Weddings & Divorces