A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on August 1st. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On August 1, 1620, the British ship, Speedwell, sailed from Delfshaven along with the Mayflower to bring separatists known as Pilgrims to the New World.
On August 1, 1714, the British people dug deep, really deep, in order to select their next King when Queen Anne died.
On August 1, 1831, the new London bridge spanning the River Thames in central London, was completed.
On August 1, 1911, Harriet Quimby of Michigan became the first woman in the United States to be awarded an Aviator’s Certificate by the Aero Club of America (ACA).
On August 1, 1949, T.J. Slowie, a secretary of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), sent a letter to Leroy E. “Ed” Parsons, requesting he “furnish the Commission full information with respect to the nature of the system you may have developed and may be operating.”
On August 1, 1977, former USAF and CIA pilot, Francis Gary Powers, died when his news helicopter crashed in Encino, California.
On August 1, 1981, the world of music and television changed forever when MTV made its debut on satellite and cable television, when John Lack announced, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Rock and Roll!”
On Thursday, August 1st, 1991, actress Hedy Lamarr was arrested for shoplifting.
On August 1, 1993, the Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993 came to its peak.
On August 1, 2007, the Interstate -35 westbound bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis came tumbling down during the evening rush hour, killing 13 and injuring 145.
On August 1, 2019, we took a moment to delve into the arena of politics, a part of history we consider normally a topic to avoid because of the volatile nature of opinions and deep rooted emotions attached to those opinions.
On August 1, 2020, we took a look back on a rather tumultuous July of 2020, a month replete with unique people and events in American and world history.
On August 1, 2022, NFL and especially Cleveland Browns football fans finally got the long-awaited verdict in the case of quarterback Deshaun Watson, accused by more than two dozen women of various levels of sexual harassment while receiving massages.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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