Famous birthdays, deaths and events of August 1
1555 - Edward Kelley, English spirit medium (d. 1597) 1579 - Luís Vélez de Guevara, Spanish writer (d. 1644) 1626 - Sabbatai Zevi, Montenegrin rabbi 1630 - Thomas Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford of Chudleigh 1779 - Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (d. 1851) 1815 - Richard Henry Dana, Jr. 1819 - Herman Melville, American writer (d. 1891) 1856 - George Coulthard, Former Australian rules footballer and cricketer (d. 1883) 1858 - Hans Rott, Austrian composer (d. 1884) 1861 - Sammy Jones, Former Australian cricketer (d. 1951) 1871 - John Lester, American cricketer (d. 1969) 1894 - Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (d. 1927) 1900 - Otto Nothling, Former Australain cricketer and rugby union footballer (d. 1965) 1901 - Pancho Villa, Filipino world boxing champion (d. 1925) 1910 - Walter Scharf, American composer (d. 2003) 1910 - Mohammad Nissar, Indian cricketer (d. 1963) 1912 - Henry Jones, American actor (d. 1999) 1914 - J. Lee Thompson, British film director (d. 2002) 1916 - Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (d. 2000) 1921 - Jack Kramer, American tennis player 1922 - Pat McDonald, Australian actress (d. 1990) 1924 - Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (d. 2007) 1924 - Frank Worrell, Former West Indian cricketer 1925 - Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer (d. 2000) 1926 - Theo Adam, German bass-baritone 1929 - Ann Calvello, Roller Derby Queen (d. 2006) 1930 - Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (d. 2002) 1930 - Lionel Bart, English song-writer (d. 1999) 1930 - Julie Bovasso, American actor and writer (d. 1991) 1931 - Trevor Goddard, Former South African cricketer 1932 - Meena Kumari, Indian film actress (d. 1972) 1933 - Dom DeLuise, American actor and comedian 1933 - Jesse Corti, Venezuelan-born actor and comedian 1933 - Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese baseball player 1934 - John Beck, Former New Zealand cricketer (d. 2000) 1935 - Geoff Pullar, Former England cricketer 1940 - Mervyn Kitchen, Former Somerset cricketer and cricket international umpire 1941 - Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (d. 2004) 1942 - Jerry Garcia, American musician (The Grateful Dead) (d. 1995) 1942 - André Gagnon, French Canadian pianist and composer 1942 - Giancarlo Giannini, Italian actor 1945 - Sandi Griffiths, American singer 1946 - Fiona Stanley, Australian epidemiologist 1946 - Boz Burrell, British musician (King Crimson 1947 - Chris L. Barnard, Welsh footballer 1947 - Dennis Zine, Los Angeles City Councilman 1950 - Jim Carroll, American poet and actor 1950 - Bunkhouse Buck, American professional wrestler 1951 - Tommy Bolin, American musician (Deep Purple) (d. 1976) 1951 - Pete Mackanin, American baseball player 1952 - Yajurvindra Singh, Former Indian cricketer 1953 - Robert Cray, American singer 1955 - Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (d. 2006) 1955 - Arun Lal, Former Indian cricketer 1956 - Tom Leykis, American radio personality 1957 - Taylor Negron, American actor 1958 - Adrian Dunbar, Northern Irish actor 1958 - Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs) (d. 2000) 1958 - Tor Håkon Holte, Norwegian cross country skier 1958 - Kiki Vandeweghe, American basketball player 1958 - Michael Penn, American singer and songwriter 1959 - Joe Elliott, English musician (Def Leppard) 1959 - Otomo Yoshihide, Japanese musician 1960 - Richard Roeper, American columnist and film critic 1961 - Mike Watkinson, Former England cricketer 1962 - Robert Clift, British field hockey player 1962 - Jacob Matlala, South African boxer 1963 - Coolio, American rapper 1963 - Demián Bichir, Mexican actor 1963 - John Carroll Lynch, American actor 1963 - Dean Wareham, New Zealand musician (Galaxie 500 1964 - Adam Duritz, American musician (Counting Crows) 1965 - Sam Mendes, British stage and film director 1966 - James St. James, American author and nightlife personality 1966 - Ganesh Mylvaganam, Former United Arab Emirates cricketer 1967 - Gregg Jefferies, American baseball player 1968 - Dan Donegan, American musician (Disturbed) 1968 - Stacey Augmon, American basketball player 1969 - Kevin Jarvis, American baseball player 1969 - David Wain, American actor 1969 - Graham Thorpe, Former England cricketer 1970 - David James, English footballer 1971 - Stuart Wade, English actor 1972 - Devon Hughes, American professional wrestler 1972 - Nicke Royale, Swedish musician (The Hellacopters) 1972 - Tanya Reid, Canadian actress 1972 - Maqsood Rana, Former Pakistani cricketer 1973 - Gregg Berhalter, American footballer 1973 - Tempestt Bledsoe, American actress 1973 - Veerle Dejaeghere, Belgian athlete 1973 - Eduardo Noriega, Spanish actor 1973 - Les Hill,Australian Actor, 1974 - Beckie Scott, Canadian cross-country skiing athlete 1976 - Kevin Joseph, American baseball player 1976 - Nwankwo Kanu, Nigerian footballer 1976 - Hasan Şaş, Turkish footballer 1976 - Søren Jochumsen, Danish footballer 1977 - Marc Denis, Canadian ice hockey player 1977 - Damien Saez, French musician 1978 - Dhani Harrison, English musician 1978 - Edgerrin James, American football player 1978 - Andy Blignaut, Former Zimbabwean cricketer 1979 - Junior Agogo, Ghanaian footballer 1979 - Jason Momoa, American actor 1979 - Honeysuckle Weeks, English actress 1980 - Mancini, Brazilian footballer 1981 - Stephen Hunt, Irish footballer 1981 - Ashley Parker Angel, North American singer and actor 1982 - Ai Tominaga, Japanese model and actress 1984 - Valery Ortiz, Puerto Rican actress 1984 - Bastian Schweinsteiger, German footballer 1986 - Andrew Taylor, English footballer 1986 - Anton Stralman, Swedish ice hockey player 1986 - Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player 1987 - Sébastien Pocognoli, Belgian footballer 1998 - Khamani Griffin, American actor
1227 - Shimazu Tadahisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1179) 1457 - Lorenzo Valla, Italian humanist (bc. 1406) 1464 - Cosimo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (b. 1386) 1557 - Olaus Magnus, Swedish writer (b. 1490) 1589 - Jacques Clément, French assassin of Henry III of France (b. 1567) 1675 - Weetamoo, sachem of Pocasetts 1714 - Queen Anne of Great Britain, (b. 1665) 1851 - William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775) 1866 - John Ross (aka. Kooweskoowe), Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (b. 1790) 1903 - Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman (b. 1853) 1918 - John Riley Banister, American cowboy and Texas Ranger (b. 1854) 1929 - Syd Gregory, Australian cricketer (b. 1870) 1964 - Johnny Burnette, American singer (b. 1934) 1970 - Frances Farmer, American actress (b. 1913) 1973 - Gian Francesco Malipiero, Italian composer (b. 1882) 1974 - Ildebrando Antoniutti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1898) 1977 - Gary Powers, American spy plane pilot (b. 1929) 1980 - Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944) 1980 - Strother Martin, American actor (b. 1919) 1981 - Paddy Chayefsky, American writer (b. 1923) 1989 - John Ogdon, English pianist (b. 1937) 1990 - Norbert Elias, German sociologist (b. 1897) 1996 - Frida Boccara, French singer (b. 1940) 1997 - Sviatoslav Richter, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1915) 1998 - Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (b. 1927) 1999 - Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897) 2001 - Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974) 2003 - Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962) 2004 - Philip Abelson American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1913) 2007 - Tommy Makem, Irish folk singer (b. 1932)
527 - Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire. 607 - Ono no Imoko is dispatched as envoy to the Sui court in China (Traditional Japanese date: July 3, 607). 902 - Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, is captured by the Aghlabid army. 1291 - The Swiss Confederation is formed with the signature of the Federal Charter. 1461 - Edward IV is crowned king of England. 1492 - Ferdinand and Isabella drive the Jews out of Spain. 1498 - Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit Venezuela. 1619 - First African slaves arrive in Jamestown, Virginia. 1664 - The Ottoman Empire is defeated in the Battle of Saint Gotthard by an Austrian army led by Raimondo Montecuccoli, resulting in the Peace of Vasvár. 1774 - The element oxygen is discovered for the third (and last) time. 1798 - French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of the Nile (Battle of Aboukir Bay) 1800 - The Act of Union 1800 is passed in which merges the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. 1820 - London's Regent's Canal opens. 1828 - Bolton and Leigh Railway opens to freight traffic. 1831 - A new London Bridge opens. 1832 - The Black Hawk War ends. 1834 - Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force. 1838 - Non-labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated. 1840 - Labourer slaves in most of the British Empire are emancipated. 1842 - Lombard Street Riot erupts 1876 - Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state. 1894 - The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea. 1902 - The United States buys the rights to the Panama Canal from France. 1907 - First Scout camp opens on Brownsea Island. 1914 - Germany declares war on Russia at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilises because of World War I 1927 - The Nanchang Uprising marks the first significant battle in the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China. This day is commemorated as the anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army. 1936 - Olympic Games: Summer Olympic Games 1937 - Tito reads the resolution "Manifesto of constitutional congress of KPH" to the constitutive congress of KPH (Croatian Communist Party) in woods near Samobor. 1941 - The first Jeep is produced. 1944 - Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary. 1944 - Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation breaks out in Warsaw, Poland. 1948 - The U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations is founded. 1957 - The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD). 1960 - Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France. 1960 - Communist Party of Independence and Work is banned in Senegal. 1960 - Islamabad declared as the federal capital of the Government of Pakistan. 1964 - The Belgian Congo is renamed the Republic of the Congo. 1966 - Charles Whitman kills 15 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police. 1966 - Purges of intellectuals and imperialists becomes official People's Republic of China policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution. 1967 - Israel annexes East Jerusalem. 1968 - The coronation is held of Hassanal Bolkiah, the 29th Sultan of Brunei. 1975 - CSCE Final Act creates the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe. 1977 - Former Lockheed U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers crashes the news helicopter he was flying in Los Angeles 1980 - Buttevant Rail Disaster kills 18 and injures dozens of train passengers in Ireland. 1981 - MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, "Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles. 1988 - Rush Limbaugh begins his national radio show. 1993 - The Great Flood of 1993 comes to a peak. The Mississippi River crested at St. Louis, hitting a record 49.58 feet above flood stage. The Missouri River would peak the next day (August 2) in St. Charles, Missouri at a record 39.6 feet above flood stage. 1996 - Michael Johnson breaks the 200m world record by 0.30 seconds with a time of 19.32 seconds at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. 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. 2004 - A supermarket fire kills 396 people and injures 500 in Asunción, Paraguay. 2007 - The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.