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Tuesday 1 August 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Celebration of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 which ended the slavery in the British Empire, generally celebrated as a part of Carnival, as the Caribbean Carnival takes place at this time (British West Indies): - Earliest day on which Caribana celebration can fall, celebrated on the first Weekend of August. (Toronto); - Earliest day on which Emancipation Day can fall, celebrated on the first Monday of August. (Anguilla, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands)
  • Earliest day on which August Bank Holiday (Ireland) can fall, while August 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of August.
  • Earliest day on which Civic Holiday can fall, while August 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of August. (Canada)
  • Earliest day on which Commerce Day, or Frídagur verslunarmanna, can fall, while August 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of August. (Iceland)
  • Earliest day on which Farmers' Day can fall, while August 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of August. (Zambia)
  • Earliest day on which Friendship Day can fall, while August 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Sunday of August. (United States)
  • Earliest day on which International Beer Day can fall, while August 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Friday of August.
  • Earliest day on which Kadooment Day can fall, while August 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of August (Barbados)
  • Earliest day on which Labor Day (Samoa) can fall, while August 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday of August (Samoa)
  • The first day of Carnaval del Pueblo (Burgess Park, London, England)

Events

  • 1984 – Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, called Lindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, England.
  • 1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.
  • 1980 – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is elected President of Iceland and becomes the world's first democratically elected female head of state.
  • 1961 – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara orders the creation of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the nation's first centralized military espionage organization.
  • 1957 – The United States and Canada form the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
  • 1943 – World War II: Operation Tidal Wave also known as "Black Sunday", was a failed American attempt to destroy Romanian oil fields.
  • 1927 – The Nanchang Uprising marks the first significant battle in the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang and Chinese Communist Party. This day is commemorated as the anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army.
  • 1911 – Harriet Quimby takes her pilot's test and becomes the first U.S. woman to earn an Aero Club of America aviator's certificate.
  • 1907 – The start of the first Scout camp on Brownsea Island, the origin of the worldwide Scouting movement.
  • 1894 – The First Sino-Japanese War erupts between Japan and China over Korea.
  • 1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.
  • 1855 – The first ascent of Monte Rosa, the second highest summit in the Alps.
  • 1842 – The Lombard Street riot erupts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.
  • 1801 – First Barbary War: The American schooner USS Enterprise captures the Tripolitan polacca Tripoli in a single-ship action off the coast of modern-day Libya.
  • 1774 – British scientist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen gas, corroborating the prior discovery of this element by German-Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
  • 1498 – Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.

Births

  • 1993 – Leon Thomas III, American actor and singer
  • 1992 – Austin Rivers, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Madison Bumgarner, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Mike Wallace, American football player
  • 1985 – Adam Jones, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Cole Kimball, American baseball player
  • 1985 – Stuart Holden, Scottish-American soccer player
  • 1984 – Brandon Kintzler, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Steve Feak, American game designer
  • 1983 – Bobby Carpenter, American football player
  • 1979 – Jason Momoa, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1978 – Edgerrin James, American football player
  • 1977 – Darnerien McCants, American-Canadian football player
  • 1976 – Don Hertzfeldt, American animator, producer, screenwriter, and voice actor
  • 1974 – Cher Calvin, American journalist
  • 1973 – Gregg Berhalter, American soccer player and coach
  • 1972 – Thomas Woods, American historian, economist, and academic
  • 1972 – Todd Bouman, American football player and coach
  • 1970 – Quentin Coryatt, American football player
  • 1969 – Kevin Jarvis, American baseball player and scout
  • 1968 – Dan Donegan, American heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Disturbed)
  • 1968 – Stacey Augmon, American basketball player and coach
  • 1967 – Gregg Jefferies, American baseball player and coach
  • 1966 – James St. James, American club promoter and author
  • 1965 – Brandt Jobe, American golfer
  • 1964 – Adam Duritz, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1964 – Augusta Read Thomas, American composer, conductor and educator
  • 1963 – Coolio, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1963 – Demián Bichir, Mexican-American actor and producer
  • 1963 – John Carroll Lynch, American actor
  • 1960 – Chuck D, American rapper and songwriter (Public Enemy)
  • 1960 – Suzi Gardner, American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (L7)
  • 1958 – Kiki Vandeweghe, American basketball player and coach
  • 1958 – Michael Penn, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1958 – Rob Buck, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2000)
  • 1957 – Taylor Negron, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1954 – James Gleick, American journalist and author
  • 1953 – Howard Kurtz, American journalist and author
  • 1953 – Robert Cray, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Pete Mackanin, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1951 – Tommy Bolin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1976)
  • 1950 – Roy Williams, American basketball player and coach
  • 1949 – Jim Carroll, American poet, author, and musician (d. 2009)
  • 1949 – Ray Nettles, American football player (d. 2009)
  • 1948 – Avi Arad, Israeli-American screenwriter and producer, founded Marvel Studios
  • 1948 – Cliff Branch, American football player
  • 1946 – Richard O. Covey, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut
  • 1946 – Rick Coonce, American drummer (The Grass Roots) (d. 2011)
  • 1945 – Douglas Osheroff, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1942 – Jerry Garcia, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1995)
  • 1941 – Ron Brown, American captain and politician, 30th United States Secretary of Commerce (d. 1996)
  • 1940 – Henry Silverman, American businessman, founded Cendant
  • 1939 – Robert James Waller, American author and photographer (d. 2017)
  • 1939 – Terry Kiser, American actor
  • 1937 – Al D'Amato, American lawyer and politician
  • 1936 – Yves Saint Laurent, Algerian-French fashion designer, co-founded Yves Saint Laurent (d. 2008)
  • 1933 – Dom DeLuise, American actor, singer, director, and producer (d. 2009)
  • 1933 – Teri Shields, American actress, producer, and agent (d. 2012)
  • 1932 – Meir Kahane, American-Israeli rabbi and activist, founded the Jewish Defense League (d. 1990)
  • 1931 – Ramblin' Jack Elliott, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1930 – Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer (d. 2014)
  • 1930 – Julie Bovasso, American actress and writer (d. 1991)
  • 1930 – Lawrence Eagleburger, American lieutenant and politician, 62nd United States Secretary of State (d. 2011)
  • 1929 – Ann Calvello, American roller derby racer (d. 2006)
  • 1928 – Jack Shea, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Anthony G. Bosco, American bishop (d. 2013)
  • 1926 – George Hauptfuhrer, American basketball player and lawyer (d. 2013)
  • 1924 – Marcia Mae Jones, American actress and singer (d. 2007)
  • 1923 – Val Bettin, American actor
  • 1922 – Arthur Hill, Canadian-American actor (d. 2006)
  • 1921 – Jack Kramer, American tennis player, sailor, and sportscaster (d. 2009)
  • 1918 – T. J. Jemison, American minister and activist (d. 2013)
  • 1914 – Jack Delano, American photographer and composer (d. 1997)
  • 1912 – Henry Jones, American actor (d. 1999)
  • 1911 – Jackie Ormes, American journalist and cartoonist (d. 1985)
  • 1910 – Walter Scharf, American pianist and composer (d. 2003)
  • 1905 – Helen Sawyer Hogg, American-Canadian astronomer and academic (d. 1993)
  • 1903 – Paul Horgan, American historian, author, and academic (d. 1995)
  • 1898 – Morris Stoloff, American composer and musical director (d. 1980)
  • 1871 – John Lester, American cricketer and soccer player (d. 1969)
  • 1843 – Robert Todd Lincoln, American lawyer and politician, 35th United States Secretary of War (d. 1926)
  • 1819 – Herman Melville, American novelist, short story writer, and poet (d. 1891)
  • 1818 – Maria Mitchell, American astronomer and academic (d. 1889)
  • 1815 – Richard Henry Dana, Jr., American lawyer and politician (d. 1882)
  • 1809 – William B. Travis, American colonel and lawyer (d. 1836)
  • 1779 – Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, author, and poet (d. 1843)
  • 1770 – William Clark, American soldier, explorer, and politician, 4th Governor of Missouri Territory (d. 1838)

Deaths

  • 2014 – Charles T. Payne, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Babe Martin, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2013 – Gail Kobe, American actress and producer (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Toby Saks, American cellist and educator (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Wilford White, American football player (b. 1928)
  • 2012 – Douglas Townsend, American composer and musicologist (b. 1921)
  • 2010 – Lolita Lebrón, Puerto Rican-American activist (b. 1919)
  • 2006 – Bob Thaves, American illustrator (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Iris Marion Young, American political scientist and activist (b. 1949)
  • 2005 – Al Aronowitz, American journalist (b. 1928)
  • 2004 – Philip Abelson, American physicist and author (b. 1913)
  • 2001 – Korey Stringer, American football player (b. 1974)
  • 1981 – Paddy Chayefsky, American author, playwright, and screenwriter (b. 1923)
  • 1980 – Strother Martin, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 1977 – Francis Gary Powers, American captain and pilot (b. 1929)
  • 1970 – Doris Fleeson, American journalist (b. 1901)
  • 1970 – Frances Farmer, American actress (b. 1913)
  • 1966 – Charles Whitman, American murderer (b. 1941)
  • 1963 – Theodore Roethke, American poet (b. 1908)
  • 1938 – Edmund C. Tarbell, American painter and academic (b. 1862)
  • 1918 – John Riley Banister, American cowboy and police officer (b. 1854)
  • 1911 – Edwin Austin Abbey, American painter and illustrator (b. 1852)
  • 1911 – Samuel Arza Davenport, American lawyer and politician (b. 1843)
  • 1903 – Calamity Jane, American frontierswoman and scout (b. 1853)
  • 1866 – John Ross, American tribal chief (b. 1790)
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