August 1: Day of the Week
August 1, 2020 is the 214th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 152 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Saturday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 1 Historical Event(s)
- 1664The Ottoman Empire is defeated in the Battle of Saint Gotthard by an Austrian army led by Raimondo Montecuccoli, resulting in the Peace of Vasvár.
- 1834Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
- 1840Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated.
- 1876Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.
- 1964The Belgian Congo is renamed the Republic of the Congo.
- 1980Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland.
- 1980Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the country’s first democratically elected female head of state
- 1981MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
- 2001Alabama 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.
- 2007The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.
Who were born on August 1?
- 1779Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and lyricist (d. 1843)
- 1815Richard Henry Dana, Jr., American lawyer, politician, and author (d. 1882)
- 1858Hans Rott, Austrian composer (d. 1884)
- 1881Otto Toeplitz, German mathematician (d. 1940)
- 1916Fiorenzo Angelini, Italian cardinal
- 1947Dennis Zine, Los Angeles city councilman
- 1950Jim Carroll, American poet and actor (d. 2009)
- 1952Yajurvindra Singh, Former Indian cricketer
- 1972Tanya Reid, Canadian actress
- 1973Eduardo Noriega, Spanish actor
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