What happened on August 2? There are more than 298 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About August 2

August 2 In HistoryAugust 2 is the 215th day of the year 2020. There are 151 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 31st week of the year 2020.

On this day in Tallapoosa, Georgia 30716 sunrise occured at 06:54 AM and sunset occured at 08:39 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Leo. The modern birthstone for this month is Peridot while the mystical birthstone is Diamond.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 194 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For August 2

  • 338 BC
    A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the 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 – The Carthaginian army led by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.
  • 1377
    Russian troops are defeated in the Battle on Pyana River because of drunkenness.
  • 1610
    Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.
  • 1776
    The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
  • 1790
    The first US Census is conducted.
  • 1798
    French Revolutionary Wars: the Battle of the Nile concludes in a British victory.
  • 1830
    Charles X of France abdicates the throne in favor of his grandson Henri.
  • 1869
    Japan’s samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system (Shinōkōshō) is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms. (Traditional Japanese date: June 25, 1869).
  • 1870
    Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London.
  • 1873
    The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco’s famous cable car system.
  • 1897
    Anglo-Afghan wars: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand region of colonial India’s North West Frontier Province.
  • 1903
    Fall of the Ottoman Empire: an unsuccessful uprising led by the Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization against Ottoman Turkey, also known as the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising, 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.
  • 1918
    The first general strike in Canadian history takes place in Vancouver.
  • 1922
    A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people.
  • 1923
    As vice president, Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding
  • 1932
    The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
  • 1934
    Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany.
  • 1937
    The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, the effect of which is to render marijuana and all its by-products illegal.
  • 1939
    Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan project to develop a nuclear weapon.
  • 1943
    Rebellion in the Nazi death camp of Treblinka.
  • 1943
    World War II: the Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 is rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future U.S. President, saves all but two of his crew.
  • 1944
    ASNOM: birth of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, celebrated as Day of the Republic in the Republic of Macedonia.
  • 1945
    World War II: the Potsdam Conference, at which the Allied Powers discuss the future of defeated Germany, is concluded.
  • 1964
    Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin incident – North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fire on the U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy.
  • 1968
    An earthquake hits Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines killing more than 270 people and wounding 261.
  • 1973
    A flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man.
  • 1980
    A bomb explodes at the railway station in Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.
  • 1985
    Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar crashes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport killing 137.
  • 1989
    A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.
  • 1989
    Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restoring democracy for the first time since 1972.
  • 1990
    Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
  • 2005
    Air France Flight 358, lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and runs off the runway causing the plane to burst into flames leaving 12 injuries and no fatalities.
  • 2011
    Three Rapid City, South Dakota officers stop a group of suspicious people on Anamosa Street. One man pulls out a revolver and fires six shots, killing one officer, mortally wounding another, and injuring the third.

Who Were Born On August 2?

  • 1455
    John Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg (d. 1499)
  • 1533
    Theodor Zwinger, Swiss scholar (d. 1588)
  • 1612
    Saskia van Uylenburgh, wife of Rembrandt van Rijn (d. 1642)
  • 1672
    Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar (d. 1733)
  • 1674
    Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)
  • 1696
    Mahmud I, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1754)
  • 1702
    Dietrich of Anhalt-Dessau, German Prince (d. 1769)
  • 1703
    Lorenzo Ricci, Italian Jesuit leader (d. 1775)
  • 1740
    Jean Baptiste Camille Canclaux, French general (d. 1817)
  • 1788
    Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (d. 1853)
  • 1815
    Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German writer (d. 1894)
  • 1820
    John Tyndall, British physicist (d. 1893)
  • 1828
    Manuel Pavía y Rodríguez de Alburquerque, Spanish general (d. 1895)
  • 1834
    Frédéric Bartholdi, French sculptor (d. 1904)
  • 1835
    Elisha Gray, American inventor and entrepreneur (d. 1901)
  • 1858
    Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1934)
  • 1865
    Irving Babbitt, American literary critic (d. 1933)
  • 1865
    John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)
  • 1867
    Ernest Dowson, English poet (d. 1900)
  • 1868
    King Constantine I of Greece (d. 1923)
  • 1871
    John French Sloan, American artist (d. 1951)
  • 1872
    George E. Stewart, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)
  • 1875
    Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian painter (d. 1957)
  • 1878
    Aino Kallas, Finnish-born Estonian author (d. 1956)
  • 1882
    Red Ames, American baseball player (d. 1936)
  • 1884
    Rómulo Gallegos, 46th President of Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • 1886
    John Alexander Douglas McCurdy Canadian aviator (d. 1961)
  • 1887
    Tommy Ward, South African cricketer (d. 1936)
  • 1890
    Marin Sais, American actress (d. 1971)
  • 1891
    Arthur Bliss, British composer and Master of the Queen’s Music (d. 1975)
  • 1891
    Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist (d. 1971)
  • 1892
    Jack Warner, Canadian-born American film producer (d. 1978)
  • 1895
    Matt Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1970)
  • 1896
    Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer (d. 1960)
  • 1897
    Karl Otto Koch, German SS officer (d. 1945)
  • 1897
    Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1974)
  • 1898
    Ernő Nagy, Hungarian fencer (d. 1977)
  • 1899
    Charles Bennett, British screenwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1902
    Helen Morgan, American actress (d. 1941)
  • 1905
    Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer (d. 1963)
  • 1905
    Myrna Loy, American actress (d. 1993)
  • 1907
    Mary Hamman, American writer (d. 1984)
  • 1910
    Roger MacDougall, Scottish writer (d. 1993)
  • 1912
    Ann Dvorak, American actress (d. 1979)
  • 1912
    Palle Huld, Danish actor (d. 2010)
  • 1912
    Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian statistician (d. 2001)
  • 1914
    Beatrice Straight, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1914
    Félix Leclerc, Quebec singer, songwriter and writer (d. 1988)
  • 1915
    Gary Merrill, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1919
    Nehemiah Persoff, American actor
  • 1920
    Louis Pauwels, French journalist and writer (d. 1997)
  • 1922
    Gábor Agárdy, Hungarian actor (d. 2006)
  • 1922
    Geoffrey Dutton, Australian author and historian (d. 1998)
  • 1923
    Shimon Peres, Israeli politician, Prime Minister of Israel and the ninth President of the State of Israel
  • 1924
    Carroll O'Connor, American actor (d. 2001)
  • 1924
    James Baldwin, American writer (d. 1987)
  • 1924
    Joe Harnell, American pianist, composer and arranger (d. 2005)
  • 1925
    Alan Whicker, British journalist and broadcaster
  • 1925
    John Dexter, English stage and film director (d. 1990)
  • 1925
    John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1925
    Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinian dictator, 43rd President of Argentina
  • 1926
    Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite
  • 1928
    Malcolm Hilton, English cricketer (d. 1990)
  • 1930
    Vali Myers, Australian painter (d. 2003)
  • 1931
    Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (d. 2008)
  • 1931
    Pierre DuMaine, American Catholic bishop
  • 1931
    Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1932
    Lamar Hunt, American sports executive (d. 2006)
  • 1932
    Peter O'Toole, Irish actor
  • 1933
    Ioannis Varvitsiotis, Greek politician
  • 1934
    Valery Bykovsky, Soviet cosmonaut
  • 1935
    Hank Cochran, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 2010)
  • 1937
    Billy Cannon, American football player
  • 1937
    Garth Hudson, Canadian organist and keyboardist (The Band)
  • 1938
    Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • 1938
    Pierre de Bané, French-Canadian politician
  • 1938
    Terry Peck, Falkland Islands-born British soldier (d. 2006)
  • 1939
    Benjamin Barber, American political theorist
  • 1939
    John W. Snow, American 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1939
    Wes Craven, American film director
  • 1940
    Will Tura, Belgian singer
  • 1941
    Doris Coley, American singer (Shirelles) (d. 2000)
  • 1941
    Ede Staal, Dutch singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1942
    Isabel Allende, Chilean author
  • 1943
    Kathy Lennon, one of the original Lennon Sisters
  • 1943
    Max Wright, American actor
  • 1943
    Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player
  • 1944
    Jim Capaldi, British drummer and songwriter (Traffic) (d. 2005)
  • 1944
    Naná Vasconcelos, Brazilian jazz percussionist and vocalist
  • 1945
    Alex Jesaulenko, Australian rules footballer
  • 1945
    Bunker Roy, Indian Social Activist and Educator
  • 1945
    Joanna Cassidy, American actress
  • 1947
    Massiel, Spanish singer
  • 1948
    Andy Fairweather Low, Welsh guitarist (Amen Corner)
  • 1948
    Dennis Prager, American radio talk show host and author
  • 1949
    Bertalan Farkas, Hungarian cosmonaut
  • 1949
    James Fallows, American journalist
  • 1950
    Jussi Adler-Olsen, Danish author
  • 1950
    Kathryn Harrold, American actress
  • 1950
    Lance Ito, American judge
  • 1950
    Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (d. 1994)
  • 1951
    Andrew Gold, American singer-songwriter (d. 2011)
  • 1951
    Freddie Wadling, Swedish singer and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet)
  • 1951
    Joe Lynn Turner, American singer (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
  • 1951
    Per Westerberg, Swedish politician
  • 1953
    Butch Patrick, American actor
  • 1953
    Donnie Munro, former lead singer with Runrig
  • 1953
    Marjo, Quebec singer
  • 1954
    James Charles Kopp, American anti-abortion militant, murderer of Barnett Slepian
  • 1954
    Sammy McIlroy, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • 1955
    Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
  • 1955
    Tim Dunigan, American actor
  • 1955
    Tony Godden, English footballer
  • 1956
    Fulvio Melia, Italian-born American physicist, astrophysicist and author
  • 1956
    Isabel Pantoja, Spanish singer
  • 1956
    Jim Neidhart, American professional wrestler
  • 1957
    Butch Vig, American record producer and drummer (Garbage)
  • 1957
    Farhat Basir Khan, Indian Photography and Media Activist Academician, a critically acclaimed Media Professional.
  • 1957
    Mojo Nixon, American singer, lyricist and actor
  • 1958
    Arshad Ayub, Indian cricketer
  • 1959
    Apollonia Kotero, American singer and actress
  • 1959
    Victoria Jackson, American comedian
  • 1960
    David Yow, American vocalist (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard)
  • 1960
    Linda Fratianne, American figure skater
  • 1960
    Neal Morse, American keyboardist and vocalist (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic)
  • 1961
    Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
  • 1961
    Graham Dye, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Scarlet Party, The Alan Parsons Project)
  • 1961
    Pete de Freitas, born in Trinidad, drummer with Echo & the Bunnymen (d. 1989)
  • 1962
    Cynthia Stevenson, Canadian actress
  • 1962
    Lee Mavers, English musician, lead singer with The La’s
  • 1963
    Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer
  • 1963
    Laura Bennett, American architect and designer
  • 1964
    Frank Biela, German racing driver
  • 1964
    Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
  • 1965
    Hisanobu Watanabe, Japanese baseball player and coach
  • 1966
    M.V. Sridhar, Indian cricketer
  • 1966
    Takayuki Iizuka, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1966
    Tim Wakefield, American baseball player
  • 1967
    Aaron Krickstein, American tennis player
  • 1967
    Aline Brosh McKenna, American screenwriter
  • 1968
    John Stanier, American drummer Helmet
  • 1968
    Stefan Effenberg, German footballer
  • 1969
    Cedric Ceballos, American basketball player
  • 1969
    Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer
  • 1969
    Jan Axel Blomberg Norwegian drummer (Dimmu Borgir, Winds, Mayhem)
  • 1969
    Richard Hallebeek, Dutch jazz guitarist
  • 1970
    Kevin Smith, American director and screenwriter
  • 1970
    Philo Wallace, Barbiadian West Indies cricketer
  • 1970
    Tony Amonte, American ice hockey player
  • 1971
    Alice Evans, English actress
  • 1971
    Michael Hughes, Irish footballer
  • 1972
    Daniele Nardello, Italian cyclist
  • 1972
    Jacinda Barrett, Australian model and actress
  • 1972
    Justyna Steczkowska, Polish singer
  • 1972
    Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • 1973
    Danie Keulder, Namibian cricketer
  • 1973
    Hiroyuki Goto, Japanese game designer
  • 1973
    Jay Meetze, American conductor and impresario
  • 1973
    Reyn Ouwehand, Dutch C=64 Composer
  • 1973
    Susie O'Neill, Australian swimmer
  • 1974
    Angie Cepeda, Colombian actress
  • 1974
    Phil Williams, Radio 5live Presenter
  • 1975
    Ingrid Rubio, Spanish actress
  • 1975
    Mineiro, Brazilian footballer
  • 1975
    Tamás Molnár, Hungarian water polo player
  • 1975
    Xu Huaiwen, Chinese-born German badminton player
  • 1976
    Jay Heaps, American footballer
  • 1976
    Michael Weiss, American figure skater
  • 1976
    Mohammad Zahid, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1976
    Reyes Estévez, Spanish mid-distance runner
  • 1976
    Sam Worthington, Australian actor
  • 1977
    Edward Furlong, American actor
  • 1978
    Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer
  • 1978
    Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Donna Air, English television presenter
  • 1979
    Marco Bonura, Italian footballer
  • 1979
    Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan middle- and long-distance runner
  • 1980
    Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor
  • 1980
    Ivica Banović, Croatian footballer
  • 1980
    Nadia Bjorlin, American actress
  • 1980
    Ugur Rifat Karlova, Turkish TV and stage entertainer
  • 1981
    Aleksander Emelianenko, Russian MMA fighter, brother of Fedor Emelianenko
  • 1982
    Grady Sizemore, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Hélder Postiga, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982
    Kerry Rhodes, American football player
  • 1982
    Sara Foster, American actress
  • 1983
    Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter
  • 1984
    Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer
  • 1985
    Britt Nicole, American Christian pop vocalist
  • 1985
    Harry Smith, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1986
    Mathieu Razanakolona, Canadian-born Malagasy skier
  • 1988
    Brittany Hargest, American singer
  • 1988
    Rob Kwiet, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989
    Vanes-Mari Du Toit, South African netballer
  • 1990
    Skylar Diggins, American basketball player
  • 1991
    Evander Kane, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1992
    Hallie Kate Eisenberg, American actress

Who Died On August 2?

  • 686
    Pope John V (birth year unknown)
  • 924
    King Ælfweard of Wessex (b. 904)
  • 1100
    King William II of England (b. c. 1056)
  • 1222
    Count Raymond VI of Toulouse (b. 1156)
  • 1316
    Louis of Burgundy, Prince of Achaea (b. 1297)
  • 1445
    Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian composer (b. 1376 or 1377)
  • 1511
    Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader (b. c. 1466)
  • 1589
    King Henry III of France (b. 1551)
  • 1611
    Katō Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)
  • 1696
    Robert Campbell of Glenlyon, Scottish military commander (b. 1630)
  • 1769
    Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician (b. 1689)
  • 1776
    Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French military leader (b. 1717)
  • 1788
    Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (b. 1727)
  • 1799
    Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, French inventor (b. 1745)
  • 1815
    Guillaume Marie Anne Brune, French marshal (b. 1763)
  • 1823
    Lazare Carnot, French general, politician and mathematician (b. 1753)
  • 1849
    Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Egyptian military officer and statesman (b. 1769)
  • 1859
    Horace Mann, American educator and abolitionist (b. 1796)
  • 1876
    Wild Bill Hickok, American gunfighter (b. 1837)
  • 1889
    Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian writer (b. 1851)
  • 1890
    Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet (b. 1813)
  • 1903
    Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (b. 1850)
  • 1913
    Ferenc Pfaff, Hungarian architect (b. 1851)
  • 1920
    Ormer Locklear, American stunt pilot (b. 1891)
  • 1921
    Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor (b. 1873)
  • 1922
    Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born Canadian inventor (b. 1847)
  • 1923
    Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (b. 1865)
  • 1929
    Mae Costello, American actress (b. 1882)
  • 1934
    Paul von Hindenburg, German field marshal and 2nd President of Germany (b. 1847)
  • 1936
    Louis Blériot, French aviation pioneer (b. 1872)
  • 1939
    Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian mystic (b. 1883)
  • 1945
    Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer (b. 1863)
  • 1955
    Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1901)
  • 1967
    Walter Terence Stace, British philosopher (b. 1886)
  • 1972
    Brian Cole, American bass player (The Association) (b. 1942)
  • 1972
    Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • 1973
    Jean-Pierre Melville, French film director (b. 1917)
  • 1974
    Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver (b. 1893)
  • 1976
    Fritz Lang, Austrian film director (b. 1890)
  • 1976
    László Kalmár, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1905)
  • 1978
    Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer (b. 1899)
  • 1979
    Thurman Munson, American baseball player (b. 1947)
  • 1983
    James Jamerson, American bassist (b. 1936)
  • 1986
    Roy Cohn, American politician (b. 1927)
  • 1988
    Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (b. 1914)
  • 1988
    Raymond Carver, American writer (b. 1938)
  • 1990
    Edwin Richfield, British actor (b. 1921)
  • 1990
    Norman Maclean, American writer (b. 1902)
  • 1992
    Michel Berger, French singer and songwriter (b. 1947)
  • 1996
    Michel Debré, French politician (b. 1912)
  • 1996
    Mohamed Farrah Aidid, Somalian warlord (b. 1934)
  • 1997
    Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • 1997
    William S. Burroughs, American writer (b. 1914)
  • 1998
    Shari Lewis, American puppeteer (b. 1933)
  • 2001
    Ron Townson, American singer (The 5th Dimension) (b. 1933)
  • 2003
    Don Estelle, British actor (b. 1933)
  • 2003
    Mike Levey, American television personality (b. 1948)
  • 2003
    Peter Safar, Austrian physician (b. 1924)
  • 2004
    Don Tosti, American violinist, composer and bandleader (b. 1923)
  • 2004
    Ferenc Berényi, Hungarian painter (b. 1929)
  • 2004
    François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)
  • 2007
    Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor (b. 1950)
  • 2007
    Holden Roberto, Angolan politician (b. 1923)
  • 2007
    Kay Dotrice, English repertory actress (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1935)
  • 2011
    DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)

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