2021 August

August 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 1

August 1st is known as Planner Day & Raspberry Cream Pie Day.

Welcome to the 213th day of the year! We’re slowly getting through the year, and now have only 152 days until we reach the new year.

Everyone who was born on this day shares the zodiac sign of Leo.

If today is special to you, then you’re in for a surprise when you check out these historical events that all happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1992, Nintendo released “Kirby’s Dream Land” for the Game Boy in North America? This game was the debut for the now-famous Kirby.

Keep reading for more facts about August 1st in history!

What Happened On August 1 In History?


Kenyan cancer survivors protested in Nairobi.

The demonstration saw many take to the streets, declaring that the country is suffering a national disaster.
Source BBC

The Swedish crown jewels were stolen from a cathedral in broad daylight.

The stolen jewels belonged to the Swedish monarchs who lived in the early 1600s. The thieves escaped on a speedboat.
Source BBC

Authorities blamed climate changed for an outbreak of Anthrax in the Arctic Circle of Russia.


Female rowing duo, Heather Stanning & Helen Glover claimed team GB’s first Olympic medal at the London Olympics.

Source BBC

The Mississippi River Bridge collapsed during rush hour.

OTD in 2007: The Mississippi River Bridge collapsed during rush hour.
This disaster took thirteen lives and left 145 people injured.

The Petronas Towers opened in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

OTD in 1999: The Petronas Towers opened in Kuala Lumpur
Designed by César Pelli, the building is an impressive 1,483 feet tall.

The US won gold at the first-ever women’s soccer at the Olympics.


George R. R. Martin published his novel, “Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire.”


Nintendo released “Kirby’s Dream Land” for the Game Boy in North America.

It was the first game in the Kirby series, and was re-released on the Nintendo 3DS in 2011.

Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda crashed in the German Grand Prix and was hospitalized with near-fatal burns.

Source BT

Astronauts on Apollo 15 discovered a rock that could date back to the birth of the moon.

Apollo 15 was the fourth crewed landing on the moon from which core samples were taken. Some of these samples were thought to contain rocks that date back to the origin of the moon's creation.
Source NASA

Colorado became the 38th state to join the United States of America.


British scientist Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen by removing it from the air.

This experiment was groundbreaking for understanding what oxygen is and how it works. Priestley isolated oxygen in its gaseous state to not only discover the element oxygen but to understand what it does. Priestley was not the first to experiment with oxygen, as Carl Wilhelm had similar findings the year before. However, his discovery was not published until 1777, making Priestley officially the first person to discover oxygen.
Source ACS

While sailing in the Atlantic Ocean, Christopher Columbus discovered Venezuela, which he called “Isla Santa.”

Did you know that on this day, August 1st 1992, Nintendo released "Kirby's Dream Land" for the Game Boy in North America?