On this day in history – August 1st – Almanac

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Navy divers from Mobile Diving and Recovery Unit 2 at the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, Virginia, examine the wreckage of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis August 7, 2007. The bridge collapsed on August 1st. File photo by Joshua Adam Nuzzo /US Navy | license photo

Today is Monday August 1st, the 213th day of 2022, 152 to come.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.


Those born on this date are in the sign of Leo. These include the Roman Emperor Claudius I, born 10 BC. BC; explorer William Clark in 1770; Francis Scott Key, composer of The Star-Spangled Banner, 1779; astronomer Maria Mitchell in 1818; Author Herman Melville in 1819; activist/labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones in 1837; businessman Charles Clinton Spaulding in 1874; Photojournalist Gerda Taro in 1910; Henrietta Lacks, cancer patient whose cells became the subject of media research in 1920; actor Geoffrey Holder in 1930; Musician Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, née Elliot Adnopoz, 1931 (age 91); comedian Dom DeLuise in 1933; the French fashion designer Yves St. Laurent in 1936; musician Jerry Garcia in 1942; Roy Williams, inductee of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1950 (age 72); Rocker Joe Elliott in 1959 (age 63); Rapper Chuck D, born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour in 1960 (aged 62); Rapper Coolio, born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. in 1963 (age 59); British film director Sam Mendes in 1965 (aged 57); Actor Tempestt Bledsoe in 1973 (age 49); Actor Jason Momoa in 1979 (age 43); Actor Elijah Kelley in 1986 (age 36); Actor Max Carver in 1988 (age 34); Actor Jack O’Connell in 1990 (age 32); Actor Oona Laurence in 2002 (20 years old).


On this date in history:

In 1498, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus first set foot on the American mainland on the Paria Peninsula in what is now Venezuela.

In 1790, the first US census showed a population of 3,929,214 people in 17 states.

In 1907 an Aeronautical Division was added to the Army Signals Corps. The first aircraft purchased by this forerunner of the US Air Force was built by the Wright brothers.

In 1961, the first Six Flags amusement park opened on 212 acres in Arlington, Texas. Admission for the opening year is $2.75 for adults and $2.25 for children.

In 1966, Charles Whitman killed 16 people, including his wife and mother, in Austin, Texas. 32 people were injured. Most of Whitman’s victims were struck by gunfire fired from the University of Texas Tower. The shooter, a student and ex-Marine, was killed by a police officer.

In 1977, Francis Gary Powers, pilot of a U-2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, was killed when his weather helicopter crashed in Los Angeles.

In 1981, MTV premiered the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

In 1994, Lisa Marie Presley confirmed rumors that she had married pop star Michael Jackson on May 26 in the Dominican Republic. The couple divorced less than two years later.

In 2004, nearly 400 people died in a supermarket fire on the outskirts of Asuncion, Paraguay.

In 2005, Saudi King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, who had ruled since 1982, died at the age of 83 after a long illness. His successor was his half-brother Crown Prince Abdullah.

In 2007, during the evening rush hour, an eight-lane bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 and injuring nearly 150. About 50 vehicles were thrown into or near the water when steel and concrete straddled Interstate 35W buckled and fell.

A global ban on cluster bombs came into effect in 2010. Cluster bombs, usually dropped from aircraft, are filled with smaller anti-personnel bombs scattered over wide areas.

In 2014, US President Barack Obama said that some CIA agents interrogating suspects following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States “crossed a line” and “tortured some people.”

In 2021, Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim decided to forego a jump-off in the men’s high jump and share the gold medal at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.


A thought for the day: “Study as if you will live forever; live as if you will die tomorrow.” — American astronomer Maria Mitchell

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