July 23rd is a day that will forever be ingrained in Directioners' minds. It's the day that Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were put together as a band and One Direction was born. Although Zayn eventually left the group and the four remaining members are on a break, they accomplished so much, so quickly, and their time dominating the world together will always live on. After all, they're the greatest team the world will ever see.
In honor of the band's anniversary, click through the gallery to reflect back on their early days competing on the X Factor. Then drop a comment below sharing your fave 1D memory!