On This Day..... August 1

AUGUST 1ST

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RESPECT YOUR PARENTS DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL RASPBERRY CREAM PIE DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • EMPEROR CLAUDIUS (10 BC-54 AD)
  • WILLIAM CLARK (1770-1838)
  • FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (1779-1843)
  • HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891)
  • HENRIETTA LACKS (1920-1951)
  • DOM DELUISE (1933-2009)
  • JERRY GARCIA (1942-1995)
  • CHUCK D (1960, 58)
  • COOLIO (1963, 55)
  • JOHN CARROLL LYNCH (1963, 55)
  • SAM MENDES (1965, 53)
  • TEMPESTT BLEDSOE (1973, 45)
  • JASON MOMOA (1979, 39)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 30 BC, OCTAVIAN / AUGUSTUS CAESAR ENTERS ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT TO CONQUER IT AND BRING IT UNDER ROMAN CONTROL AFTER MARC ANTONY COMMITS SUICIDE
  • IN 527, JUSTINIAN I UNITES THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE AS ITS SOLE LEADER
  • IN 1498, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS LANDS ON ISLA SANTA IN VENEZUELA
  • IN 1589, FRIAR JACQUES CLEMENT ASSASSINATES KING HENRY III OF FRANCE
  • IN 1714, KING GEORGE I TAKES THE THRONE IN ENGLAND
  • IN 1732, CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON THE BANK OF ENGLAND
  • IN 1774, JOSEPH PRIESTLEY ISOLATES OXYGEN AS AN ELEMENTAL GAS
  • IN 1781, BRITISH GENERAL CORNWALLIS OCCUPIES YORKTOWN, VIRGINIA
  • IN 1789, THE U.S. ENFORCES ITS FIRST TARIFF ACT
  • IN 1790, THE FIRST U.S. CENSUS IS COMPLETED, COUNTING 3.9 MILLION AMERICANS
  • IN 1793, FRANCE IS THE FIRST COUNTRY TO CONVERT TO THE METRIC SYSTEM
  • IN 1794, WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA’S “WHISKEY REBELLION” BEGINS AS THE FIRST PROTEST ON A DOMESTIC ITEM BEING TAXED
  • IN 1798, BRITISH ADMIRAL HORATIO NELSON LEADS THE ATTACK AND DEFEAT OF FRENCH FORCES IN THE NILE RIVER DELTA KNOWN AS THE “BATTLE OF THE NILE”
  • IN 1831, LONDON BRIDGE OPENS TO TRAFFIC
  • IN 1834, THE SLAVERY ABOLITION ACT OF 1833 COMES INTO FORCE ELIMINATING SLAVERY THROUGHOUT THE BRITISH EMPIRE
  • IN 1852, THE ZION METHODIST CHURCH OPENS IN SAN FRANCISCO, THOUGHT TO BE THE FIRST “BLACK CHURCH” IN THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1855, CASTLE CLINTON OPENS IN NYC AS A RECEIVING STATION FOR IMMIGRANTS
  • IN 1861, BRAZIL OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZES THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE CONFEDERACY
  • IN 1863, THE BATTLE OF LITTLE ROCK STARTS THE CHATTANOOGA CAMPAIGN OF THE CIVIL WAR, WHILE THE BATTLE OF BRANDY STATION ENDS THE GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN
  • IN 1867, TENNESSEE HOLDS THE FIRST STATE ELECTION IN WHICH BLACKS CAN VOTE
  • IN 1876, COLORADO BECOMES THE 38TH STATE
  • IN 1896, GEORGE SAMUELSON LANDS IN ENGLAND, HAVING ROWED THE ATLANTIC
  • IN 1903, CALAMITY JANE DIES AT 51
  • IN 1907, THE BANK OF ITALY OPENS ITS FIRST BRANCH IN SAN FRANCISCO. IT WOULD GO ON TO BE RENAMED BANK OF AMERICA
  • IN 1914, EMPORER WILHELM II OF GERMANY DECLARES WAR ON RUSSIA, WHICH IS LED BY HIS NEPHEW TSAR NICHOLAS II AS PART OF WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1918, THE BOSTON BRAVES AND PITTSBURGH PIRATES PLAY 20 SCORELESS INNINGS BEFORE THE PIRATES FINALLY WIN 2-0 IN THE 21ST
  • IN 1927, THE FIRST SEASON OF ACADEMY AWARD ELIGIBILITY OPENS
  • IN 1933, GERMANY INSTITUTES THE DEATH PENALTY FOR ANTI-FASCISTS
  • IN 1936, ADOLF HITLER OPENS THE 11TH OLYMPICS IN BERLIN, GERMANY
  • IN 1941, THE FIRST JEEP COMPLETES PRODUCTION
  • IN 1942, 14 YEAR OLD JANET LEIGH MARRIES 18 YEAR OLD JOHN CARLISLE
  • IN 1944, ANNE FRANK COMPLETES HER FINAL DIARY ENTRY BEFORE BEING FOUND
  • IN 1944, POLISH RESISTANCE FIGHTERS BEGIN THE WARSAW UPRISING
  • IN 1946, PRESIDENT TRUMAN ESTABLISHES THE ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION
  • IN 1950, GUAM BECOMES A U.S. TERRITORY
  • IN 1953, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTES A STATE SALES TAX TO PAY FOR EDUCATION
  • IN 1953, FIDEL CASTRO IS ARRESTED IN CUBA
  • IN 1957, THE FIRST BUILDING POWERED BY SOLAR POWER OPENS IN ALBUQUERQUE
  • IN 1957, THE U.S. AND CANADA JOINTLY CREATE NORAD (NORTH AMERICAN AIR DEFENSE COMMAND)
  • IN 1960, ARETHA FRANKLIN RECORDS FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1960, CHUBBY CHECKER RELEASES “THE TWIST”
  • IN 1961, SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS OPENS
  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES HIT #1 WITH “A HARD DAY’S NIGHT”
  • IN 1966, CHARLES WHITMAN BARRICADES HIMSELF IN A TOWER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AND KILLS 16 PEOPLE WITH A 12 GUAGE SEMI AUTOMATIC WEAPON
  • IN 1971, GEORGE HARRISON HOLDS HIS CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH IN NYC
  • IN 1971, “THE SONNY AND CHER COMEDY HOUR” DEBUTS
  • IN 1972, WOODWARD AND BERNSTEIN PUBLISH THEIR FIRST WATERGATE ARTICLE
  • IN 1975, 38 WORLD LEADERS SIGN THE HELSINKI ACCORD WHICH ATTEMPTED TO SECURE PEACE IN EUROPE BETWEEN COMMUNIST AND CAPITALIST NATIONS
  • IN 1976, THE 21ST SUMMER OLYMPICS CLOSE IN MONTREAL
  • IN 1976, ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND RICHARD BURTON DIVORCE FOR THE SECOND TIME
  • IN 1981, MTV BEGINS BROADCASTING
  • IN 1981, LIONEL RICHIE AND DIANA ROSS RELEASE “ENDLESS LOVE”
  • IN 1981, RICK SPRINGFIELD HITS #1 WITH “JESSIE’S GIRL”
  • IN 1985, VITALY YURCHENKO DEFECTS FROM THE KGB TO THE U.S. AND OUTS AMERICANS RONALD PELTON AND EDWARD LEE HOWARD AS RUSSIAN AGENTS
  • IN 1986, JERRY GARCIA IS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AFTER A THREE WEEK COMA
  • IN 1986, JOHN MCENROE MARRIES TATUM O’NEAL
  • IN 1987, MIKE TYSON DEFEATS TONY TUCKER IN A LAS VEGAS “UNIFICATION MATCH” AND BECOMES THE FIRST MAN TO HOLD THE WBA, WBC AND IBF BOXING TITLES
  • IN 1988, RUSH LIMBAUGH BEGINS HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW
  • IN 1991, 77 YEAR OLD HEDDY LAMAR IS ARRESTED FOR SHOPLIFTING IN FLORIDA
  • IN 1993, REGGIE JACKSON IS INDUCTED INTO BASEBALL’S HALL OF FAME
  • IN 1994, CAL RIPKEN JR. PLAYS IN HIS 2,000TH CONSECUTIVE GAME
  • IN 1995, WESTINGHOUSE BUYS CBS
  • IN 1996, MTV LAUNCHES THE M2 NETWORK
  • IN 1996, DAN O’BRIEN WINS THE DECATHLON AT THE ATLANTA OLYMPIC GAMES
  • IN 2001, ALABAMA SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE ROY MOORE PLACES A MONUMENT TO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IN THE JUDICIARY BUILDING LEADING TO A LAWSUIT OVER ITS REMOVAL AND HIS EVENTUAL REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
  • IN 2007, THE 1-35W BRIDGE OVER THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER COLLAPSES IN MINNEANAPOLIS DURING EVENING RUSH HOUR
  • IN 2009, MARK WALHBERG MARRIES FASHION MODEL RHEA DURHAM
  • IN 2016, AN ANTHRAX OUTBREAK IN SIBERIA KILLS ONE MAN, HOSPITALIZES 13 AND 2,300 REINDEER AFTER RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES MELT SNOW BANKS THAT HAD BEEN FROZEN SINCE THE LAST OUTBREAK IN 1941  
  • IN 2017, THE SENATE CONFIRMS CHRISTOPHER WRAY TO HEAD THE F.B.I.

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