Today in History - August 1


1498 - Christopher Columbus lands on "Isla Santa" near Venezuela South America
1619 - 1st black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia
1714 - Monarch Georg Ludwig becomes king George I of England
1716 - 1st sculling race (London Bridge to Chelsea)
1732 - Foundation laid for Bank of England
1774 - Priestly discovers oxygen
1780 - Sweden declares neutrality
1781 - English army under general Cornwallis occupies Yorktown, Virgina
1785 - Caronline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet
1790 1st U.S. census, population of 3,939,214
1793 - France becomes 1st country to use the metric system
1794 - Whiskey Rebellion begins
1831 - London Bridge opens to traffic
1842 - Rotherhithe Thames Tunnel opens
1869 - 1st voyage down Colorado River
1873 - San Francisco's 1st cable car begins service
1883 - Inland postal service begins in Great Britain
1893 - Henry Perky and William Ford patent shredded wheat
1903 - 1st coast-to-coast automobile trip (San Francisco to New York) completed
1909 - British SS Waratah disappears on Sydney to London, around 300 people killed
1914 - Germany declares war on Russia in World War I
1936 - Adolph Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin
1943 - Japan declares Burma Independence
1945 - Japanese city Toyama destroyed by B-29's
1953 - Fidel Castro arrested in Cuba
1954 - California introduces sales tax, for education
1961 - New San Francisco Hall of Justice opens
1963 - Beatles Book is sold out on its 1st day of sale
1968 - Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
1972 - 1st article exposing Watergate Scandal
1981 - MTV premieres its first show
1983 - New Zealand score their 1st Test Cricket match victory in England
1994 - Pope John Paul II receives record-breaking advance
1996 - M2, MTV's second TV channel is launched
1998 - Gay and Lesbian Games open in Amsterdam
2007 - First drive-through ATM opens in China
2012 - In India, an earlier blackout that left over 600 million people without power ends when power            is restored


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