Friday 1 August 2014, 14:51:17
1 August 30 BC
: Mark Antony, Roman politician and general, dies by suicide in Alexandria.
1 August 10 BC
: Claudius, of “I, Claudius” fame, Roman emperor from 41 till 54, is born in Lugdunum, Gaul.
1 August 30 BC
: Octavian, the future Roman emperor Augustus, enters the Egyptian capital of Alexandria, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.
1 August 527
: Justinian I becomes the sole ruler of the Byzantine empire at the death of his uncle Justin I.
1 August 845
: Sugawara no Michizane, Japanese poet and politician, is born into a family of scholars.
1 August 1464
: Cosimo de' Medici, first of the Medici family who ruled Florence during much of the Renaissance, dies in Careggi at age 74.
1 August 1619
: The first African slaves arrive in Jamestown, Virginia.
1 August 1634
: This month the Dutch West India Company conquers the island of Curaçao, providing the best natural harbour in the Caribbean, to become the focal point in the Dutch slave trade.
1 August 1834
: The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 goes into effect in the British Empire, thereby abolishing slavery throughout its territory.
1 August 1914
: Germany declares war on Russia following Russia's mobilization in support of Serbia.
1 August 1936
: The opening ceremony of the 1936 Summer Olympics takes place in Berlin.
1 August 1941
: The first Jeep is produced in Toledo, Ohio.
1 August 1944
: Holocaust refugee Anne Frank writes the final entry in her diary, three days before her arrest.
1 August 1981
: MTV: Music Television begins broadcasting in New York, introducing the concept of the VJ as invented by Merrill Aldighieri a few months before.
A musician must make
music, an artist must paint, a poet
must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with
one can be, one must be. ~ Abraham Moslow