Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 1
This is a list of selected August 1 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|1291 – Three Swiss cantons signed the Federal Charter to form the Old Swiss Confederacy.||refimprove section|
|1715 – Introduced during a time of civil disturbance in Great Britain, the Riot Act came into force, authorising authorities to declare any group of twelve or more people to be unlawfully assembled.||unreferenced section|
|1927 – In the Nanchang uprising, the first major engagement in the Chinese Civil War, Communist forces seized control over the entire city of Nanchang from the Kuomintang.||needs more footnotes|
|1944 – World War II: The Polish Home Army began the Warsaw Uprising in Warsaw against the Nazi occupation of Poland, a rebellion that lasted 63 days until it was quelled by the Germans.||lots of CN tags|
|1981 – The American cable television network MTV, the first dedicated video-based outlet for music, made its debut with the music video for the song "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.||refimprove section|
- 902 – Led by Ibrahim II of Ifriqiya, the Aghlabids captured the Byzantine stronghold of Taormina, concluding the Muslim conquest of Sicily.
- 1774 – British scientist Joseph Priestley liberated oxygen gas, corroborating the discovery of this element by German-Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
- 1798 – French Revolutionary Wars: The Battle of the Nile started between a British fleet commanded by Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson and a French fleet under Vice-Admiral François-Paul Brueys d'Aigalliers.
- 1801 – First Barbary War: The American schooner USS Enterprise captured the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli in a single-ship action off the coast of modern-day Libya.
- 1834 – The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 came into force, officially abolishing slavery in most of the British Empire.
- 1966 – Charles Whitman climbed the University of Texas at Austin tower and went on a shooting spree at the school, killing 10 people before being shot and killed by police.
- 1991 – U.S. President George H. W. Bush delivered a speech in the parliament of the Ukrainian SSR in which he warned against Ukrainian independence.
- 2009 – A shooting attack at the Gay and Lesbian Association building in Tel-Aviv, Israel, resulted in the deaths of two people.
- Born/died this day: Laura Janner-Klausner (b. 1963) · Taapsee Pannu (b. 1987) ·
- 527 – Upon the death of Justin I, Justinian the Great became the sole ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
- 1842 – A parade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., celebrating the end of slavery in the West Indies was attacked by a mob, leading to three days of riots.
- 1907 – Robert Baden-Powell held the first scout camp at Brownsea Island in Dorset, England, beginning the Scouting movement.
- 1984 – Commercial peat-cutters discovered the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, North West England.
- 2007 – Bridge 9340, carrying Interstate 35W across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., suffered a catastrophic failure and collapsed (pictured), killing 13 people and injuring 145.