1192 – Richard the Lionheart landed on Jaffa on the 1st August 1192, and defeated the army of Saladin.
1498 – Christopher Columbus became the 1st European to visit Venezuela on the 1st August 1498.
1831 – A new London Bridge opened on the 1st August 1831.
1834 – Slavery was abolished in the British Empire on the 1st August 1834, as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into force.
1855 – The 1st ascent of Monte Rosa was on the 1st August 1855. It’s the 2nd highest summit in the Alps.
1876 – Colorado was admitted as the 38th U.S. state on the 1st August 1876.
1914 – Germany declared war on Russia on the 1st August 1914, at the opening of World War I.
1936 – W. D. Hamilton the English biologist was born on the 1st August 1936 (died 2000).
1936 – Yves Saint Laurent the French fashion designer was born on the 1st August 1936 (died 2008).
1942 – Jerry Garcia the American singer-songwriter and guitarist from the Grateful Dead was born on the 1st August 1942 (died 1995).
1948 – David Gemmell the British fantasy author was born on the 1st August 1948.
1951 – Tim Bachman the Canadian musician from Bachman-Turner Overdrive was born on the 1st August 1951.
1959 – Joe Elliott the English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Def Leppard was born on the 1st August 1959.
1963 – Coolio the American rapper, producer, and actor was born on the 1st August 1963.
1964 – Adam Duritz the American singer-songwriter and musician from Counting Crows was born on the 1st August 1964.
1980 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected President of Iceland on the 1st August 1980, becoming the world’s 1st democratically elected female head of state.
1981 – MTV began broadcasting in the United States on the 1st August 1981, and aired its 1st video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.
1984 – Lindow Man was discovered on the 1st August 1984, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, northwest England.
1986 – Anton Strålman the Swedish ice hockey player was born on the 1st August 1986.
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