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Historical Events on 2 August or August 2

  • 338 BC Macedonian army led by Philip II defeats combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean
  • 216 BC Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae – Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats numerically superior Roman army under command consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro
  • 257 St Stephen I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1057 Frederik van Lotharingen elected as 1st Belgium Pope Stephen IX [X]
  • 1100 King William II of England (William Rufus) is killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest.
  • 1542 French troops leave Flanders
  • 1552 Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion
  • 1578 Battle of Rijmenam: Spanish Habsberg forces defeated by Dutch troops (Eighty Years’ War)
  • 1581 Leiden University names Snellius math professor
  • 1610 Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay
  • 1665 French expedition against Barbarians in Tunis/Algiers
  • 1695 Daniel Quare receives a British patent for his portable barometer
  • 1701 Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk
  • 1704 Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim
  • 1718 Austrian joins Triple Alliance
  • 1738 France offers emperor Karel VI mediation in war against Turkey
  • 1776 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)
  • 1782 George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction
  • 1786 Utrechtse Vroedschap flees
  • 1787 Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc
  • 1790 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves
  • 1791 Samuel Briggs & his son, patent nail-making machine
  • 1798 Battle of the Nile: British Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson further decimates the French fleet
  • 1802 Napoleon declared “Consul for Life”
  • 1819 1st parachute jump in US
  • 1830 Charles X of France abdicates in favour of his grandson the Duc de Bordeaux
  • 1831 Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium
  • 1832 Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin: 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sauk & Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War in the US
  • 1858 1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets
  • 1858 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown
  • 1861 Skirmish at Dug Springs, MI

Historical Events on 2 August or August 2

  • 1864 2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens
  • 1865 Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
  • 1865 Trans Atlantic Cable being laid by SS Great Eastern snaps & is lost
  • 1870 Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London.
  • 1873 1st trial run of SF cable car, Clay Street between Kearny & Jones
  • 1875 1st roller skating rink opens (London)
  • 1877 SF Public Library opens with 5,000 volumes
  • 1880 British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • 1884 Dutch Queen Emma appointed regent
  • 1887 Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
  • 1892 Charles A Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator
  • 1894 Death duties 1st introduced in Britain
  • 1894 Dutch Society for Women Suffrage gets royal charter
  • 1903 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey
  • 1906 Chicago White Sox begin AL record 19 game win streak
  • 1907 Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington & loses 3-2 to Detroit
  • 1909 1st Lincoln head pennies minted
  • 1909 Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers
  • 1911 Haiti’s dictator Simon flees on US warship near Jamaica
  • 1912 18th US Golf Open: John McDermott shoots a 294 at CC of Buffalo NY
  • 1914 Belgian government receives German ultimatum
  • 1914 German press falsely reports that French bombed Nuremberg
  • 1914 German troops overthrows Luxembourg
  • 1914 Germany & Turkey sign secret treaty of alliance
  • 1914 Great Britain mobilizes
  • 1914 Postdam Conference ended
  • 1914 Russian troops invade Eastern Prussia
  • 1914 Sherlock Holmes Adventure “His Last Bow” takes place
  • 1916 World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.
  • 1918 Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
  • 1920 Marcus Garvey presents his “Back To Africa” program in NYC
  • 1921 Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
  • 1922 China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die
  • 1924 Joe Hauser sets record of 14 total bases in a game
  • 1928 Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • 1929 Phillies Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR
  • 1931 Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status
  • 1932 Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs
  • 1932 Carl David Anderson discovers and photographs a positron, the first known antiparticle
  • 1934 1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it
  • 1934 Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces
  • 1934 William Franks twirls an indian club overhead 17,280 times in 1 hour
  • 1936 30th Tour de France won by Sylvere Maes of Belgium
  • 1937 Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal
  • 1938 1st test of a yellow baseball (Dodgers vs Cardinals)
  • 1939 Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers
  • 1940 Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death
  • 1940 KL-House of saxon & commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia
  • 1941 German 11st Army surrounds 20 Soviet divisions at Oeman
  • 1941 Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia
  • 1942 250 Dutch Catholic Jews arrested, transported to Amersfoort camp
  • 1942 Col-Gen Hoth’ Panzer army reaches Kotelnikovo
  • 1943 Armed revolt breaks out in Treblinka
  • 1943 Lt John F. Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands
  • 1943 Sunderland seaplanes sinks U-706 & U-106
  • 1943 Uprising at Treblinka Concentration Camp (crematorium destroyed)
  • 1944 Amsterdam soccer team “The Volewijckers” plays in orange shirts
  • 1944 Jewish survivors of Kovono Ghetto emerge from their bunker
  • 1944 Turkey breaks diplomatic relationship with nazi-Germany
  • 1945 Potsdam Conference between Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill ends
  • 1953 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
  • 1953 KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 Tahar Ben Ammar appointed premier of Tunisia
  • 1955 USSR performs nuclear test
  • 1958 Jordan & Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
  • 1959 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis GC
  • 1959 Milwaukee Brave Bill Bruton hits 2 bases loaded triples
  • 1959 SF Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 HRs
  • 1961 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club
  • 1961 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
  • 1961 St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
  • 1963 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)
  • 1964 Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees
  • 1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • 1964 North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which would eventually escalate US involvement in the Vietnam War
  • 1964 Race riot in Jersey City NJ
  • 1965 Morley Safer’s sends 1st Vietnam report indicating the US is losing
  • 1966 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season game, they lose to LA Rams 16-77
  • 1967 US’s Lunar Orbiter 5 launched; enters lunar orbit Aug 5

Historical Events on 2 August or August 2

  • 1967 The second Blackwall Tunnel opens in Greenwich, London.
  • 1967 “In the Heat of the Night” directed by Norman Jewison and starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1968)
  • 1968 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)
  • 1969 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion
  • 1969 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania
  • 1970 Baltimore defeats KC 10-8, Orioles 23rd straight win over the Royals
  • 1970 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • 1970 Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during ‘The Troubles’
  • 1972 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
  •  1975 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)
  • 1975 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1979 “Broadway Opry ’79” closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1979 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • 1980 Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed
  • 1980 US swimmers set 3 world records at National championships
  • 1981 Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
  • 1981 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • 1982 Oakland’s Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season
  • 1982 Roger Ebert’s “Movie News” premieres on ABC FM network
  • 1983 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1983 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • 1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 5 die in a train crash in Westminster Colo
  • 1985 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die
  • 1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US) sets record for heptathlon (7161 pts)
  • 1986 TODAY/PC born today
  • 1986 13th Commonwealth Games close in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1987 25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1)
  • 1987 Christa Johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am
  • 1987 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis becomes 7th & earliest 30 HR 30 steal man
  • 1987 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1’3″)
  • 1987 Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season
  • 1987 Kevin Seitzer (KC Royals), gets 6 hits in one baseball game
  • 1987 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)
  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo
  • 1988 System Enhancement Association settles case with PKware (ARC vs PKARC)
  • 1989 NASA confirmed Voyager 2’s discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24
  • 1990 Iraq invades & occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia
  • 1990 Yankees rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th home run in just 77 at bats
  • 1990 23rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn
  • 1991 Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA
  • 1991 Mike Jeffcoat is 1st AL pitcher to get an RBI since 1972
  • 1991 Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched
  • 1991 Pan Am games open in Havana
  • 1992 “Death & the Maiden” closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances
  • 1992 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Welch’s Golf Classic
  • 1992 Tom Seaver, R Fingers, Hal Newhouser, & B McGowan enter Hall of Fame
  • 1993 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus’ lung collapes
  • 1993 Peter Angelos & William DeWitt purchase Orioles
  • 1993 Train crash in tunnel at Vega de Anzo Spain, 12 killed
  • 1993 Shamrock Broadcasting, a Disney company, officially takes ownership of Cleveland’s WMMS-FM/100.7 & WHK-AM/1420
  • 1994 Congressional hearings begin on White Water
  • 1994 Explosion in lead/zinc mine in Guangxi China, 120+ killed
  • 1994 NY Supreme Court refuses Howard Stern’s non financial disclosure
  • 1994 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 3000m (7:25.11)
  • 1995 Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd issues a decree replacing all members of the Council of Ministers who do not have blood ties so the royal Family
  • 1998 26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
  • 1998 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)
  • 1998 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl
  • 1998 85th Tour de France won by Marco Pantani of Italy
  • 1999 “The Sixth Sense”, starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres
  • 2008 “Breaking Dawn”, 4th book in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight Saga” is published by Little Brown at midnight with a print run of 3.7 million copies
  • 2012 23 people are killed after two blasts in a fruit market in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2013 40 people are killed after an ammunition depot explodes in Homs, Syria
  • 2013 Carl Icahn sues computer giant Dell in an attempt to derail a buyout bid by the CEO, Michael Dell

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