On This Day

Historical Events on August 1 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 301 of 301

  • 1978 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
  • 1979 Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
  • 1979 12th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at U.S. Grant Hotel
  • 1980 Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)
  • 1980 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • 1980 Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
  • 1981 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • 1981 Poland premier Jagielski resigns

Music Single

1981 "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)

Sports History

1982 American Greg Louganis becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives in winning 3m springboard gold, World Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • 1982 H Aaron, F Robinson, T Jackson, & H Chandler inducted in Hall of Fame
  • 1982 Heavy Israeli air bombardment on Beirut
  • 1982 East German swimmer Petra Schneider breaks her own 400m medley world record by 0:19 (4:36.10) at the World Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 1982 After the first 13 runnings of the midsummer classic, Darryl Waltrip becomes the first driver the win the Talladega 500 twice

Sports History

1983 Despite brave 112no by David Gower, New Zealand wins 2nd Test at Headingley by 5 wickets, first ever NZ Test cricket victory in England

  • 1985 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)

Daytime Emmy Awards

1985 Emmy 12th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 6th time

  • 1985 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman steals 2 bases in 1st inning of 9-8 loss v Cubs to set a NL rookie record 74
  • 1985 18th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Historic Event

1985 Russian KGB officer Vitaly Yurchenko defects to the US in Rome, naming Americans Ronald Pelton and Edward Lee Howard as KGB agents

  • 1986 Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes 10th to reach 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone, 2-hits A's, 10-1

Music History

1986 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is released from hospital after a 3 week coma

  • 1987 Crossbow flight record (2,005 yds 1'9") set by Harry Drake in Nevada

Boxing Title Fight

1987 Mike Tyson outpoints Tony Tucker in 12 rounds in a heavyweight boxing unification matchup in Las Vegas; first to own all 3 major belts WBA, WBC and IBF simultaneously

  • 1987 Nurse Mary R Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America
  • 1987 In New Zealand, the Maori Language Act comes into force, making te reo Māori an official language of New Zealand; it can now be used in some legal proceedings
  • 1987 ArenaBowl I, Pittsburgh Civic Arena: Denver Dynamite beats Pittsburgh Gladiators 45-16, Gary Mullen MVP
  • 1988 Deep Rover 1-man research submarine unveiled at Crater Lake, Oregon

Radio Premiere

1988 Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show.

  • 1989 Australia beats England by 9 wickets in the 4th cricket Test at Old Trafford, taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead to regain the Ashes
  • 1990 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 149 performances
  • 1990 Iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait
  • 1990 Soyuz TM-10 launches

Film & TV History

1991 Actress Hedy Lamarr, aged 77 is arrested for shoplifting in Florida

  • 1992 "Salome" closes at Circle in Sq Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • 1992 NBC's "Saturday Today" premieres
  • 1992 USA/USSR Around World Air Race begins at Santa Monica
  • 1992 British athlete Linford Christie (32) becomes the oldest man to win an Olympic 100m gold medal edging Frankie Fredericks in Barcelona
  • 1992 American sprinter Gail Devers wins an incredibly close blanket finish in the women's 100m at the Barcelona Olympics, with 5 athletes within 0.06 seconds of Devers (10.82)
  • 1993 "In the Summer House" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 25 performances
  • 1993 "She Loves Me" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 61 performances

Hall of Fame

1993 14-time MLB All Star Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • 1993 Walter Koenig, Chekov of Star Trek, suffers a heart attack
  • 1993 England wins the women's cricket World Cup for the first time since the inaugural event in 1973 with a 67 run victory over New Zealand at Lord's
  • 1994 99.9°F (37.7°C) in Berlin-Dahlem: record

Music History

1994 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour

  • 1994 Train crash in Havana Cuba, 6 killed

Sports History

1994 Baltimore shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. becomes only the second player after Lou Gehrig to appear in 2,000 consecutive MLB games, in a 1-0 win vs Twins

  • 1995 Westinghouse purchases CBS-TV network
  • 1996 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched

Historic Publication

1996 George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"

  • 1996 French sprinter Marie-José Pérec wins the 200m final at the Atlanta Olympics to become only the 2nd athlete to win the 200-400m Olympic double (Valerie Brisco-Hooks 1984)
  • 1996 American athlete Michael Johnson wins 200m at the Atlanta Olympics in a world record 19.32 seconds to become the first man to complete the 200m-400m double
  • 1996 Tiffeny Milbrett scores the winner as the US beats China 2-1 at the Atlanta Olympics for the first ever Olympic gold medal in women's soccer
  • 1996 Dan O'Brien wins the decathlon gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics to become the first American since Bruce Jenner in 1976 to win the gruelling event
  • 1997 6th Athletics World Championships open at Athens, Greece
  • 1998 -8] Gay & Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam

Golf Major

1999 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Priddis Greens GC: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 2 from Laura Davies of England

Historic Event

1999 Petronas Towers officially opened in Kuala Lumpur as the world's tallest building by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad at 451.9 m (1483 ft)

  • 2000 First patient to receive the Jarvik 2000, the first total artificial heart that can maintain blood flow in addition to generating a pulse
  • 2001 An agreement is reached on the position of the minority Albanian language in the Republic of Macedonia
  • 2001 Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency.
  • 2001 Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office
  • 2002 35th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

Contract of Interest

2002 In signing star linebacker Ray Lewis to a 5-year contract extension the Baltimore Ravens give him a $19m signing bonus, then the largest in NFL history

  • 2004 A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay
  • 2004 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Bellerive GC: Peter Jacobson wins by 1 shot from 2-time champion Hale Irwin
  • 2004 British Open Women's Golf, Sunningdale: England's Karen Stupples wins her lone major title, 5 shots ahead of runner-up Rachel Teske of Australia
  • 2007 The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour

Famous Photo

2010 200m x 250m photo mosaic commemorating the life of Filipino President Corazon Aquino is unveiled near Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta Park, Manila

  • 2010 Australian Stuart Appleby finishes with an 11-under-59 to win the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, to become only the 5th player and first non-American to break 60 on the PGA Tour

Sports History

2010 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Sahalee CC: Berhard Langer of Germany wins by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Fred Couples

  • 2010 British Open Women's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 21 year old Yani Tseng of Taiwan becomes youngest-ever winner of 3 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of Katherine Hull of Australia
  • 2012 Typhoon Saola kills 82 people and displaces over 150,000 in the Philippines, Taiwan and China
  • 2012 8 female badminton doubles players are disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics for attempting to manipulate the draw by throwing matches
  • 2012 American Nathan Adrian clocks 47.52 in winning the 100m freestyle gold at the London Olympics, his first swim under 48 seconds
  • 2012 Great Britain collects its first ever gold medal in women's rowing with Heather Stanning and Helen Glover in the coxless pairs at the London Olympics
  • 2012 Bradley Wiggins' win in the London Olympics cycling time trial gives him the most aggregate medals (7) of any British Olympian (4 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

Election of Interest

2013 Robert Mugabe continues to maintain power after winning 142 out of 210 seats in the Zimbabwean election

  • 2014 Indiana Pacers NBA super-star Paul George suffers a gruesome compound fracture of his lower right leg in a Team USA scrimmage
  • 2014 USA and UN announce a 72 hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it quickly breaks down
  • 2016 Anthrax outbreak in Yamalo-Nenets, Siberia kills one and infects 8 others, also kills 2,300 reindeer, global warming blamed
  • 2017 Christopher A. Wray confirmed at F.B.I. Director by US Senate
  • 2017 Bomb blast at Jawadia Shia mosque in Herat, Afghanistan kills about 30
  • 2017 Two Venezuelan opposition leaders, Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma re-arrested, revoking their house arrest
  • 2018 Swedish crown jewels stolen in heist from Strängnäs Cathedral, Stockholm
  • 2018 Australian Rugby League's 'Immortals' tally moves to 13 as pre-War stars Dally Messenger, Frank Burge & Dave Brown along with latter day giants Norm Provan & Mal Meninga are added
  • 2019 Protesting Kenyan cancer survivors in Nairobi urge their government to declare a "nation disaster' in a country with only 35 oncologists for 40 million people

Historic Event

2020 Egypt tells Elon Musk its pyramids were not built by aliens, after Musk tweets in support of a conspiracy theory that they did

  • 2021 Australian swimmer Emma McKeon claims gold in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay for total 7 medals at Tokyo Olympics; equals record set by Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya in 1952
  • 2021 Canada marks its first Emancipation Day (date slavery abolished in the British Empire in 1834)
  • 2021 394 migrants rescued from a stricken vessel by humanitarian NGO ships in Tunisian waters [1]

COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 American virologist Dr. Anthony Fauci says "things are going to get worse" as US COVID-19 cases double in 10 days due to surge of Delta variant

  • 2021 American swimmer Caeleb Dressel wins his 5th gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics in 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay
  • 2021 Marcell Jacobs becomes first Italian athlete to win the coveted 100m in 9.80 at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 2021 Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar avoid a jump-off by agreeing to share the long jump gold medal after tying on 2.37m at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 2021 Venezuelan triple jumper Yulimar Rojas records a WR 15.67m to claim the women's gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 2021 Chinese diver Shi Tingmao completes women's 3m springboard/synchronized 3m springboard double at the Tokyo Olympics for second consecutive Games
  • 2021 Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing names himself Prime Minister, pledges to hold elections by 2023
  • 2021 The US passes the 35 million mark in COVID-19 cases with California becoming first state to record 4 million cases
  • 2021 American swimmer Robert Finke wins men's 1,500m gold in 14:39.65 at the Tokyo Olympics, completing long distance double 800/1,500m