What Happened on July 1

Significant Events

  • 1689 Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu, Japan
  • 1858 The joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society
  • 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
  • 1997 United Kingdom returns Hong Kong and the New Territories to the People's Republic of China
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Did You Know?

Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris

On July 1, 1903

Would You Believe?

Bulova Watch Co pays $9 for 1st ever network TV commercial

On July 1, 1941

Famous Weddings

  • 1900 Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand (36) weds countess Sophie Chotek (32) in Reichstadt, Bohemia
  • 1902 British admiral John Jellicoe (42) weds Gwendoline Cayzer at Holy Trinity in London
  • 1916 Dwight Eisenhower marries Mary `Mamie' Geneva Doud in Denver, Colorado
  • 1961 Business magnate Martha Stewart (19) weds Andrew Stewart
  • 1981 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (25) weds second wife Cathleen Castillo

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
  • 2011 Journalist and executive producer Maria Shriver (55) divorces Hollywood action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger (63) due to irreconcilable differences after 25 years of marriage
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