1st August Historic events and important segments

What happened on 1 August?

Everything that happened on 1 August is highlighted in the blog below. What were the major events and challenges of this day? Who all people gave their contribution?

History and famous personalities

History- International 


2007 – Minneapolis I35W Bridge Collapse

On August 1, 2007, a bridge crossing the Mississippi river on I35W in Minneapolis collapses with cars dropping the 50 ft. into the river due to which 13 people lost their lives in the tragedy.

1976 – Germany F1 crash Niki Lauda

On August 1, 1976, Austrian born Formula 1 racing driver Niki Lauda became trapped inside his Ferrari after a horrific accident at the Grand Prix in Germany until other drivers managed to pull him from his burning Ferrari.

1958 – World’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine

On August 1, 1958, US atomic submarine USS Nautilus (SSN-571) began its 1st transit of the North Pole known as “Operation Sunshine”.

1834 – Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect

On August 1, 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 abolished slavery throughout the British Empire freeing more than 800,000 enslaved Africans.

1774 – Priestley discovers oxygen

On August 1, 1774, English chemist Joseph Priestley pursued his investigations of gases and discovered oxygen by isolating it in its gaseous state.

Births- International 

Composer Jerome Moross

On August 1, 1913, Jerome Moross, an American composer was born. He was best known for his music for film and television. He composed works for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and musical.

Writer Ernst Jandl

On August 1, 1925, Ernst Jandl, an Austrian writer, poet, and translator was born. He became known for his experimental lyric, mainly sound poems in the tradition of concrete and visual poetic forms.

Cricketer Trevor Goddard

On August 1, 1931, Trevor Leslie Goddard, a Test cricketer was born. He played 41 Tests and was the captain of the young South African team. He was an all-rounder.

Actor Giancarlo Giannini

Born on August 1, 1942, Giancarlo Giannini, an Italian actor, voice actor, director and screenwriter was born. He won a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor and received an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination.

History- Indian


2012 – Ban on foreign investment from Pakistan

On August 1, 2012, India banned foreign investment from Pakistan during a move designed to create goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement.

2011 – Bomb blast in Sangakpham Bazaar

On August 1, 2011, In India, at least five people died in a bomb blast in the Sangakpham Bazaar in Imphal, Manipur state, which has been plagued for decades by separatist militants.

2008 – Gautami Express caught fire

On August 1, 2008, in southern India, at least 32 people have died after several coaches of the Gautami Express train caught fire.

2007 – Monsoon rain bring a severe flood

On August 1, 2007, an overcrowded boat evacuating people from a flooded village caused by heavy monsoon rains overturned in a rain-swollen river in northern India, killing at least 28 people.

2006 – Accident of a school bus

On August 1, 2006, in northern India a school bus carrying about 50 children plunged into a canal, killing at least six children.

Births – Indian

Actress Meena Kumari

On August 1, 1933, Meena Kumari, an Indian film actress and poet was born. She is remembered as Cinderella of Indian films. She starred in about 92 films and received many Film Fare awards.

Actress Taapsee Pannu

On August 1, 1987, Taapsee Pannu, an Indian Film actress was born. She is known for her works in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi languages and won six National Film Awards.

Cricketer Arun Lal

On August 1, 1912, Arun Lal, a retired Indian cricketer, and a cricket commentator was born. He grants with the Lifetime Achievement award by the Cricket Association of Bengal’s.

Freedom Fighter Purushottam Das Tandon 

On August 1, 1882, Purushottam Das Tandon, a freedom fighter was born. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1961. He was popularly known as UP Gandhi.

Novelist Govind Mishra

On August 1, 1939, Govind Mishra, an Indian novelist was born. He has written 11 novels, 14 short story collections, 5 travelogues, 5 literary essays collection, a poem collection and 2 storybooks for children. He has been awarded the most prestigious Hindi awards namely Vyas Samman and Sahitya Akademi Award.

Vocalist Tiger Varadachariar

On August 1, 1973, Tiger Varadachariar, a Carnatic music vocalist was born. He was awarded the Sangeetha Kalanidhi by Madras Music Academy in the year 1932.

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