On This Day In History, 1 August

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World Events Today

  • Regent’s Canal in London opened today in 1820, it connected the Grand Union Canal with the River Thames
  • The German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist Anne Frank made her last diary entry today in 1944, she and her family were arrested 3 days later
  • The Māori Language Act became effective today in 1987 in New Zealand, it gave official language status to the Māori language

Entertainment Events Today

  • Adolf Hitler opened the 11th Summer Olympic Games today in 1936 in Berlin in Nazi Germany
  • MTV was launched today in 1981
  • The novel A Game of Thrones, by the American author George R R Martin, was published today in 1996

Family Events Today

  • The American author Herman Melville, who wrote the novel Moby-Dick, was born today in 1819 in New York
  • Martha Jane Cannary, better known as the American frontierswoman Calamity Jane, friend of Wild Bill Hickok, died today in 1903 aged 51
  • The British writer and composer Lionel Bart, who created the musical Oliver!, was born today in 1930 in London

Main Event Today

  • The Slavery Abolition Act came into effect today in 1834, it meant that slavery was officially abolished across the British Empire

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Milkshake Day

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