On this day

U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan gets to work at the Victoria Mxenge Housing Development in Cape Town, South Africa August 8, 2009 during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 1986, In commemoration of Victoria Mxenge, King Williams Town schools were closed. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 01 August?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

U.S. Department of State Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan gets to work at the Victoria Mxenge Housing Development in Cape Town, South Africa August 8, 2009 during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In 1986, In commemoration of Victoria Mxenge, King Williams Town schools were closed. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 01 August, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 01 AUGUST

1954 | The South African Native Resettlement Act was introduced and gave the Government the power to remove Africans from any area in and around the magisterial district of Johannesburg

1986 | In commemoration of Victoria Mxenge, King Williams Town schools were closed.

2017 | At least 20 people were killed in a suicide attack on a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan.

2008 | The Beijing-Tianjin Central Railway began operating as the world’s fastest passenger railway system.

2008 | Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2, the second highest mountain in the world in the worst accident in the history K2 of climbing.

2004 | At least 396 people were killed in a supermarket fire and 500 others were injured in Asunción, Paraguay.

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BIRTHDAYS

1948 | American football player, Cliff Branch.

1981 | English rugby player, Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

1985 | Danish footballer, Kris Stadsgaard.

1989 | American baseball player, Madison Bumgarner.

1976 | Danish footballer, Søren Jochumsen.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2008 | Indian lawyer and politician, Harkishan Singh Surjeet, 92.

2005 | Dutch cartoonist and educator, Wim Boost, 87.

2015 | English singer and actress, Cilla Black, 72.

2001 | American football player, Korey Stringer, 27

SPORTS

1996 | First Olympic women’s football tournament final took place on this day in the USA. The USA  beat China 2-1 in front of 76 489 to take gold.

ENTERTAINMENT

2014 | On this day, “Behaving Badly” was released for the first time in the U.S. It was directed by Tim Garrick.

AFRICA FACT

Africa’s 7th largest lake is Lake Albert in Uganda, but it is the world’s 27th.