Merriam-Webster dictionary defines history as a branch of knowledge that records and explains past events. It’s a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their causes. The earliest known use of the word history was in the 14th century.

Today In HistoryThis website utilizes entries from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are currently 105,062 records in our database. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

Let us begin with what happened today in history. You may also enter a specific day using the form on the right sidebar. It is optional to input the year. If you do give a complete date with month, day and year then only events that happened on that specific date will be shown.

About October 1

October 1, 2016 is the 275th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 91 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

You can browse the full year calendar in case you need it.

Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 119 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 1

  • 1791
    First session of the French Legislative Assembly.
  • 1931
    The George Washington Bridge linking New Jersey and New York opens.
  • 1938
    Germany annexes the Sudetenland.
  • 1946
    Nazi leaders are sentenced at Nuremberg Trials.
  • 1971
    The first brain-scan using x-ray computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
  • 1971
    Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, United States.
  • 1975
    The Seychelles gain internal self-government. The Ellice Islands split from Gilbert Islands and take the name Tuvalu.
  • 1975
    Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines.
  • 1989
    Denmark introduces the world’s first legal modern same-sex civil union called “registered partnership”.
  • 1994
    Palau gains independence from the United Nations (trusteeship administered by the United States of America).

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