On This Day

What Happened on July 1

Important Events

  • 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; 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
  • 1941 Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial
  • 1997 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
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July 1 in Music

  • 1967 The Beatles' album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" goes #1 in the United States, where it would stay for 15 weeks

July 1 in Sport

  • 1998 NBA commences a player lockout after no agreement with players about salary issues - lasts 204 days with the season shortened by 50 games

Did You Know?

"SOS" (· · · – – – · · ·) distress signal becomes the worldwide standard for help

On July 1, 1908


Would You Believe?

1st of 4 fatal Jersey Shore shark attacks occur at Beach Haven when Charles Vansant (25) bled to death, challenging previous scientific belief that sharks never hurt humans, and sparking popular fear over sharks which persists today

On July 1, 1916

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
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