August 1 Events in History - August 1 Birthdays - August 1 Deaths
2015 Puerto Rico fails to make a $58 billion debt payment on bonds issued by the Public Finance Corporation; Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla warned creditors in June that debt restructuring will be needed to keep the government afloat
2014 Days after imposing additional sanctions against Russia, U.S. President Barack Obama contacts Russian President Vladimir Putin to express concern about Russia's continuing support of Ukrainian separatists
2014 Apple Inc. will be required to pay $450 million in settlements if found guilty of antitrust violations concerning e-book price fixing; the outcome of an appeal by Apple is pending
2013 Russia grants NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden one year of temporary political asylum; Snowden leaves Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport
2013 Republican Representative Ted Cruz urged grass-roots activists join him in the fight to defund The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare
2012 A poll by the British Film Institute's 'Sight and Sound' magazine lists Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 thriller 'Vertigo' as the greatest film of all time
2012 In India, an earlier blackout that left over 600 million people without power ends when power is restored
2011 HSBC bank announces it will cut 5,000 jobs now and 25,000 jobs by 2013
2011 Tropical storm warnings are issued as Tropical Storm Emily forms in the Atlantic Ocean
2010 Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument and Sri Lanka's central highlands are added to the World Heritage List
2010 The U.S. pledges $10 million in foreign aid money to help victims of the Pakistan floods
2009 Buddhist Treasures buried during the 1930's Mongolian Communist Purge, were discovered in the Gobi desert
2005 King Fahd of Saudi Arabia dies and is succeeded by Prince Abdullah
2004 Paraguay supermarket fire kills at least 300
1998 Gay and Lesbian Games #5 open in Amsterdam
1996 M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched
1995 Westinghouse purchases CBS-TV network
1994 99.9 degrees F (37.7 degrees C) in Berlin-Dahlem: record
1994 The Rolling Stones begin Voodoo Lounge world tour
1994 Train crash in Havana Cuba, 6 killed
1993 "In the Summer House" opens at Beaumont Theater New York City for 25 performances
1993 "She Loves Me" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 61 performances
1993 Missie Berteott wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship
1993 Reggie Jackson enshrined in Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York
1993 Walter Koenig, Checkov of Star Trek, suffers a heart attack
1992 "Salome" closes at Circle in Sq Theater New York City after 9 performances
1992 NBC's "Saturday Today" premieres
1992 USA/U.S.S.R. Around World Air Race begins at Santa Monica
1991 Actress Hedy Lamarr, 77, arrested for shoplifting in Florida
1991 Italian/Argentine Soccer star Diego Maradona retires
1990 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" closes at Eugene O'Neill New York City after 149 performances
1990 Indians' Alex Cole sets club record with 5 stolen bases in one game
1990 Iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait
1990 Soyuz TM-10 launches
1990 Stanton Cook becomes CEO of Chicago Cubs
1989 Australia take 3-0 series lead over England to regain Cricket Ashes
1988 Deep Rover 1-man research submarine unveiled at Crater Lake, Oregon
1987 Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey marries Eurythmics Dave Stewart
1987 Crossbow flight record (2,005 yards 1'9") set by Harry Drake in Nevada
1987 Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
1987 Nurse Mary R. Stout chosen chairperson of Vietnam Veterans of America
1986 Bert Blyleven becomes 10th pitcher to strike out 3,000
1986 Cleveland sets AL attendance record for twi-night doubleheader, 65,934
1986 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia release from hospital after 3 week coma
1986 Tennis ace John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal
1985 15.4 cm rainfall at Cheyenne, Wyoming (state record)
1985 Emmy 12th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 6th time
1985 Vince Coleman steals 2 bases in 1st inning, for NL rookie record 74
1983 New Zealand score their 1st Test Cricket match victory in England
1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic
1982 Greg Louganis, U.S. becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives
1982 Heavy Israeli air bombardment on Beirut
1982 Petra Schneider swims world record 400m medley (4:36.10)
1981 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
1981 Poland premier Jagielski resigns
1980 Gerd Wessig of East Germany set high jump record
1980 Waldemar Cierpinski wins 19th olympics marathon 2:11:03
1979 Maria de Lurdes Pintasilgo forms government in Portugal
1978 Braves stop Reds Pete Rose's hitting streak at 44 games
1978 Commandos occupy Iraqi embassy in Paris, 1 dead
1978 Pete Rose goes hitless, ends his 44 game hitting streak (ties NL)
1977 San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th grand slammer
1976 21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada
1976 Flash flood in Big Thompson Canyon Colorado on Route 34, kills 139
1976 Liz Taylor's 6th divorce (re-divorces Richard Burton)
1976 Seattle Seahawks play 1st (preseason) game (SF 27, Seattle 20)
1975 38 government leaders signs Helsinki accord
1975 41st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Pittsburgh 21, All-Stars 14 (54,103)
1975 Billy Martin replaces Bill Virdon as manager of New York Yankees
1975 Helsinki Pact guaranteeing boundaries, rights signed by 35 nations
1974 Virginia Squires trade Julius "Dr. J" Erving to New York Nets
1973 H. J. Witteveen appointed as director of IMF
1973 Munson and Fisk get into a brawl at Fenway Park
1972 1st article exposing Wategate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward)
1972 Nate Colbert of San Diego Padres hits record tying 5 home runs in a double header
1971 CBS presents Masterpiece Theatre's 6 Wives of Henry VIII
1971 George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh takes place in New York City
1971 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
1970 EAA Convention moves from Rockford Illinois to Oshkosh, Wi
1970 KTSD TV channel 10 in Pierre, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
1970 Willie Stargell (Pirates) ties record of 5 extra base hits in a game
1969 110,000 attend Atlantic City Pop Festival
1969 36th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: New York Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
1969 Mariner 6 sends close-up photo's of Mars
1968 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
1968 Cleveland Metroparks begins operating Zoo
1968 WXIX TV channel 19 in Cincinnati-Newport, OH (IND) begins broadcasting
1967 Izaak Samkalden becomes mayor of Amsterdam
1967 WBRA TV channel 15 in Roanoke, Virginia (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 Charles Whitman climbs University of Texas tower and shoots 12 dead
1966 Former marine Charles Whitman kills 13 and wounds 31 at University of Texas
1965 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
1964 ALM (Antillian Airlines) begins operation
1964 Beatles' "Hard Day's Night, A," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 2 weeks
1963 Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
1963 Germany FR annexes Elten village
1963 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, IL (ABC) begins broadcasting
1962 Boston Red Sox Bill Monboquette no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
1962 Failed assassination on president Nkrumah of Ghana
1961 Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford
1961 East Germany limits traffic to West Berlin
1961 New San Francisco Hall of Justice opens
1961 Whitney Young, Jr. named executive director of National Urban League
1960 Aretha Franklins 1st recording session
1960 Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France
1960 Chubby Checker releases "The Twist"
1959 New Continental baseball league formed
1959 Pope John XXIII publishes encyclical Sacerdotii nostri primordia
1959 WAAY TV channel 31 in Huntsville, AL (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1958 1st class postage up to 4 cents (had been 3 cents for 26 years)
1958 U.S. atomic sub USS Nautilus 1st dives under North Pole
1957 1st coml building heated by Sun (Albuquerque NM)
1957 Gil Hodges hits his NL record 13th career grand slam (Last by Bkln)
1957 Glen Gorbous throws a baseball a record 136 m (445'10")
1957 U.S. and Canada create NORAD
1956 KRCR TV channel 7 in Redding-Chico, California (ABC) begins broadcasting
1955 1st microgravity research begins
1955 Tengku Abdul Rahman forms Malacca government
1955 WILL TV channel 12 in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (PBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Louison Bobet wins his 2nd Tour de France
1954 WKBT TV channel 8 in La Crosse, Wisconsin (CBS) begins broadcasting
1953 California introduces sales tax, for education
1953 Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
1953 KMBC TV channel 9 in Kansas City, Missouri (MET/ABC) begins broadcasting
1953 KOBI TV channel 5 in Medford, OR (NBC) begins broadcasting
1953 Northern Rhodesia becomes part of Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
1953 Red Sox Ben Flowers sets then record of 8 consecutive games in relief
1951 David Ben-Gurion's Mapai-party wins Israeli parliamentary election
1950 1st Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons)
1950 American Bowling Congress ends all-white-males rule
1950 Guam adopts constitution (Organic Act)
1950 King Leopold of Belgium abdicates, Baudouin becomes King
1947 "Medium and The Telephone" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 211 performances
1947 Valleivogels soccer team forms in Scherpenzeel
1946 President Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)
1945 Japanese city Toyama destroyed by B-29's
1945 Mel Ott is 1st in NL to hit 500th home run (joins Babe Ruth and Jimmy Foxx)
1945 SVBO soccer team forms in Barger-Oosterveld
1944 Adam Clayton Powell elected 1st black congressman from East
1944 Anne Frank's last diary entry; 3 days later she is arrested
1944 General Montgomery takes command of 12th and 21st army
1944 U.S. 90th division occupies St. Hilaire-du-Harcourt
1944 U.S. troops enter Tessy-sur-Vir
1943 Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw
1943 Race riot in Harlem New York City
1943 Sunderland seaplanes sink U-454 and U-383
1942 Deurne soccer team forms
1942 German occupier demands listing of all Dutch telephone subscribers
1942 Race riots in Harlem, New York
1941 Luftwaffe bombs German 23rd division
1941 New York Yankee Lefty Gomez walks most (11) in a shutout (Yankees 9, St. L 0)
1936 Adolph Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin
1936 Benjamin E. Mays named president of Morehouse College
1933 Carl Hubbell sets record of consecutive scoreless innings (45 1/3)
1933 Death penality for anti fascists in Germany
1933 Dutch colonial regime in Batavia arrest ir Sukarno
1928 Babe Ruth hits home run number 42 and is 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace
1927 Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards
1926 Battles between Druzen and French in Damascus
1926 Failed assassination on General Primo de Rivera in Barcelona
1925 Shortwave-radio link between Kootwijk and Netherland East-Indies
1922 Hendrikus Colijn becomes political editor-in-chief of The Standard
1920 Papendrecht soccer team forms
1920 Peace of Riga-Independence of Latvia
1919 Queen Wilhelmina opens 1st Air Fair in Amsterdam
1919 Treffers soccer team forms in Groesbeek
1918 British troops enter Vladivostok
1918 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Boston Braves, 2-0, in 21 innings
1916 Hawaii National Park forms
1914 British fleet reaches Scapa Flow
1914 Emperor Wilhelm II declares war on his nephew tsar Nicolas II (WW I)
1914 France and Germany mobilize
1914 Trois Vierges: German 69th infantry regiment enter Luxembourg Germany declares war on Russia in WW I
1911 Omar N Bradley (18) begins education in West Point
1909 British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, 300 killed
1907 Bank of Italy opens 1st branch at 3433 Mission Street, SF
1907 Signal Corps of U.S. Army starts aircraft division
1906 Bkln Dodger Harry McIntire no-hits Pitts for 10 2/3 loses in 13th
1903 1st coast-to-coast automobile trip (SF-NY) completed
1902 Building begins on Dutch public housing
1902 Mine accident in Wollongong, Australia, 100 die
1901 Burial within San Francisco City limits prohibited
1896 George Samuelson completes rowing Atlantic (New York to England)
1893 Henry Perky and William Ford patent shredded wheat
1890 Cecil Rhodes' colonies reach Lundi
1886 Great Britain annexes Kermadec-Island near New Zealand
1883 A papyrus offered to British Museum for 10,000 pounds, forgery
1883 Amsterdam's Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky gets electric lights
1883 Inland postal service begins in Great Britain
1881 U.S. Quarantine Station authorized for Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
1876 Colorado becomes 38th state
1873 San Francisco's 1st cable car begins service
1869 1st voyage down Colorado River
1867 Blacks vote for 1st time in a state election in South
1864 Battle of Petersburg, Virginia
1863 Battle of Little Rock AK and Start of Chattanooga campaign
1863 Cavalry action near Brandy Station-End of Gettysburg Campaign
1861 Brazil recognizes Confederacy
1855 Castle Clinton in New York City opens as 1st U.S. receiving station for immigrants
1852 San Francisco Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist
1842 Rotherhithe Thames Tunnel opens
1838 Emancipation of British slaves on Bahamas
1836 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin return to Bahia, Brazil
1834 Slavery abolished through out the British Empire
1831 London Bridge opens to traffic
1814 Belgium King Willem I accept blame in Southern defeat
1812 Rare tornado hits Westchester County, New York
1798 Battle of Abukir on the Nile-Nelson defeats French fleet
1794 Whiskey Rebellion begins
1793 France becomes 1st country to use the metric system
1790 1st U.S. census, population of 3,939,214
1789 U.S. Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act
1785 Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet
1781 English army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virginia
1780 Sweden declares neutrality
1774 Priestly discovers oxygen
1759 Battle at Minden, Westfalen: Ferdinand van Brunswick beats France
1732 Foundation laid for Bank of England
1716 1st sculling race (London Bridge to Chelsea)
1716 Waterman's race on Thames 1st rowed
1714 Monarch Georg Ludwig becomes king George I of England
1711 Surrounded Czar Peter the Great flees Azov
1690 Battle at Staffarda: French army beats Victor Amadeus van Savoye
1664 Battle at St. Gotthard: Earl Raimondo Montecucculi beats Ahmed Koprulu
1628 Emperor Ferdinand II demands Austria Protestant convert to Catholicism
1626 Earl Earnest Casimir conquerors Oldenzaal
1619 1st black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia
1589 Murder attempt by monk Jacques Clement on French King Hendrik III
1588 English Admiral Howard van Effingham beats Spanish Armada
1498 Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" near Venezuela
1485 Henry (VII) Tudors army sails to England
1404 Earl Engelbert I of Nassau marries Johanna of Poland
1291 Everlasting League forms, basis of Swiss Confederation (Independence)
1203 Alexius IV Angelus appointed co-regent of Byzantium
1177 Peace Treaty of Venice: Emperor Frederik I and Pope Alexander III
1086 English barons become submissive to king Willem the Occupier
1021 Synod of Pavia: emperor Henry II convicts married priest
902 Aghlabidisch emir Ibrahim II destroys Taormina, Sicily
860 Peace of Koblenz: Charles the Bare, Louis the German and Lotharius II