Today in History August 1
30 BC – Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt,bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.
902 – Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, is captured by the Aghlabids army, concluding the Muslim conquest of Sicily.
1291 – The Old Swiss Confederacy is formed with the signature of the Federal Charter.
1498 – Christopher Columbus becomes the first European to visit what is now Venezuela.
1774 – British scientist Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen gas, corroborating the prior discovery of this element by German-Swedish chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele.
1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.
1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat.
1914 – The German Empire declares war on the Russian Empire at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilizes because of World War I.
1943 – World War II: Operation Tidal Wave also known as “Black Sunday“, was a failed American attempt to destroy Romanian oil fields.
1957 – The United States and Canada form the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
1961 – Defense Secretary Robert McNamara orders the creation of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the nation’s first centralized military espionage organization.
1966 – Purges of intellectuals and imperialists becomes official China policy at the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.
1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States
1984 – Commercial peat-cutters discover the preserved bog body of a man, calledLindow Man, at Lindow Moss, Cheshire, England.
2008 – Eleven mountaineers from international expeditions died on K2, the second-highest mountain on Earth in the worst single accident in the history of K2 mountaineering.
10 BC – Claudius, Roman emperor (d. 54)
1492 – Wolfgang, German prince (d. 1566)
1779 – Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, author, and poet (d. 1843)
1779 – Lorenz Oken, German-Swiss botanist, biologist, and ornithologist (d. 1851)
1819 – Herman Melville, American novelist, short story writer, and poet. He was born at 6 Pearl Street near State Street (d. 1891)
1924 – Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (d. 2015)
1937 – Al D’Amato, American lawyer and politician
1963 – Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut and engineer
30 BC – Mark Antony, Roman general and politician (b. 83 BC)
1137 – Louis VI, king of France (b. 1081)
1464 – Cosimo de’ Medici, Italian ruler (b. 1386)
1494 – Giovanni Santi, artist and father of Raphael (b. c. 1435)
1959 – Jean Behra, French race car driver (b. 1921)
1977 – Francis Gary Powers, American captain and pilot (b. 1929)
1980 – Patrick Depailler, French race car driver (b. 1944)
2009 – Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines (b. 1933)
Cruise Ships in the Harbor
Arrivals & Departures
Thursday, August 1
Anthem of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 4:00 pm; Bermuda/Eastern Caribbean
Saturday, August 3
Inbound 7:15 am; outbound 3:30 pm; Port Canaveral, FL/Bahamas
Adventure of the Seas
Inbound 6:30 am (Bayonne); outbound 3:00 pm; Bar Harbor, ME/Canadian Maritimes
Sunday, August 4
Inbound 7:30 am Bayonne; 4:00 pm; Bermuda
Inbound 6:15 am; outbound 4:30 pm; Bermuda
Many ships pass Lower Manhattan on their way to and from the Midtown Passenger Ship Terminal. Others may be seen on their way to or from piers in Brooklyn and Bayonne. Stated times, when appropriate, are for passing the Colgate clock in Jersey City, New Jersey, and are based on sighting histories, published schedules and intuition. They are also subject to tides, fog, winds, freak waves, hurricanes and the whims of upper management.
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