What Happened on August 1

Significant 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"
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August 1 in Film & TV

  • 1981 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM

August 1 in Music

August 1 in Sport

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
  • 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)
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