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July 1: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 1

July 1st is officially celebrated as Joke Day and Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day.

Welcome to the 182nd day of the year! We’re gradually getting through the year, but we still have another 183 days until we reach the new year.

People who were born on July 1st all share the Cancer zodiac sign.

Here you’ll find out some interesting stuff about July 1st, with these incredible historical events & facts, including celebrity births and deaths.

Did you know that on this day in 1916, the Battle of Somme began? It lasted for 140 days, more than 3 million men fought and over 1 million were killed or wounded.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about July 1st in history!

What Happened On July 1 In History?


Tesla Motors was incorporated in Palo Alto, California, US.


The UK returned Hong Kong’s control back to China after 156 years of British rule.


Court TV launched on American cable television.

The show aired live footage of trials as well as reality legal dramas.

The US aired its first ever TV commercial.

The ad was by Bulova Watch Co and cost just $9!

The Communist Party of China was founded with Chen Duxiu as the leader.


The Battle of Somme began.

OTD in 1916: The Battle of Somme began.
On this day the British Empire and France went to war against the German Empire during World War I. The battle lasted until November 18, 1916 and up to 1.3 million people died.

The first of four fatal shark attacks happened on New Jersey shores.

The attack happened at Beach Haven where Charles Epting Vansant from Philadelphia went for a swim while on his vacation. He was taken to the hotel managers office but sadly died of blood loss.

The Morse code distress signal “SOS” originating from Germany, became the world’s official message for help.

OTD in 1908: The Morse code distress signal "SOS" originating from Germany

Congress banned polygamy stating that those who are caught are to be punished.

Source JSTOR

The first US postage stamps were issued.

Two different stamps were issued: one featuring Ben Franklin which cost 5 cents and the other featuring George Washington, costing 10 cents.

King Louis I of Holland abdicated on this day in favor of his son Napoléon Louis.

Did you know that on this day, July 1st 1916, the Battle of Somme began?