August 2 Events in History - August 2 Birthdays - August 2 Deaths
2015 Water pollution in Rio de Janeiro may pose health hazards to participants in the Summer 2016 Olympics; the World Health Organization has asked the International Olympic Committee to expand its list of tested substances to protect the athletes
2014 China's Yunnan Province is hit by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake; 367 people perished, and over 1,880 were injured
2014 Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two American medical workers who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, arrives in the U.S. for treatment in isolation at Emory University Hospital; the virus has already claimed hundreds of lives in West Africa
2013 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified cyclospora in salads made by Taylor Farms; the parasite caused illness in over 223 diners in Nebraska and Iowa
2013 The new U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is sworn in by Vice President, Joe Biden
2012 Liliane Bettencourt, French L'Oreal heiress, sells D'Arros Island to pay tax bills for $60 million
2012 The Japanese press reveals that Sharp Corporation, an electronics company, will cut 5,000 jobs worldwide
2011 In the Papuan capital of Jayapura, about 10,000 Papuan people demonstrate in support of independence from India
2011 President Obama signs legislation to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, narrowly averting the debt ceiling crisis
2010 The U.S. Government estimates the Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico
2010 The Census of Marline Life 10-year study reports that 230,000 species of animal live in the world's oceans
2009 Two previously unknown works by Mozart - a concerto movement and a prelude, are performed in Salzburg, Austria
2004 Former President Gerald Ford suffers a stroke during the Republican National Convention
1998 26th du Maurier Golf Classic
1994 Congressional hearings begin on White Water
1994 Explosion in lead/zinc mine in Guangxi China, 120+ killed
1994 New York Supreme Court refuses Howard Stern's non financial disclosure
1994 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 3000m (7:25.11)
1993 New York City radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapes
1993 Peter Angelos and 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 and WHK-AM/1420
1992 "Death and the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson New York City after 159 performances
1992 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Welch's Golf Classic
1992 Kevin Bacon marries Kyra Sedgwick
1992 Tom Seaver, R Fingers, Hal Newhouser, and B McGowan enter Hall of Fame
1991 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges
1991 Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in Los Angeles
1991 Mike Jeffcoat is 1st AL pitcher to get an RBI since 1972
1991 Space shuttle STS-43 (Atlantis 9) launched
1990 Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia
1990 Yankees rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th home run in just 77 at bats
1989 NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 and 1989 N24
1988 Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo
1988 System Enhancement Assoc settles case with PKware (ARC vs PKARC)
1987 25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1)
1987 Chris Johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am
1987 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis becomes 7th and earliest 30 home run - 30 steal man
1987 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yards 1'3")
1987 Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in one season
1987 Kevin Seitzer (Kansas City Royals), gets 6 hits in one baseball game
1987 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)
1987 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (U.S.) sets record for heptathlon (7161 pts)
1985 5 die in a train crash in Westminster, Colorado
1985 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, 137 die
1985 NASA launches space vehicle S-209
1984 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1983 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
1983 U.S. District Court begins trying Yonkers accuse of race discrimination
1982 Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season
1982 Roger Ebert's Movie News premieres on ABC FM network
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
1980 Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed
1980 U.S. swimmers set 3 world records at National championships
1979 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 6 performances
1979 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
1975 104 degrees F (40 degrees C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)
1975 107 degrees F (42 degrees C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
1972 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
1970 Baltimore defeats Kansas City 10-8, Orioles 23rd straight win over the Royals
1970 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
1970 Songwriter Sammy Cahn marries Tita Curtis in California
1969 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minnesota 10th reunion
1969 President Nixon visits Romania
1968 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)
1967 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season game, they lose to Los Angeles Rams 16-77
1967 U.S.'s Lunar Orbiter 5 launched; enters lunar orbit Aug 5
1966 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
1965 Morley Safer's sends 1st Vietnam report indicating we are losing
1964 Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees
1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
1964 North Vietnam fires on a U.S. destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin
1964 Race riot in Jersey City, New Jersey
1963 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)
1962 NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m
1961 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
1961 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
1961 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
1959 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis GC
1959 Milwaukee Brave Bill Bruton hits 2 bases loaded triples
1959 San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 home runs
1958 Jordan and Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months
1955 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
1954 Tahar Ben Ammar appointed premier of Tunisia
1953 Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash
1953 KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting
1945 Potsdam Conference ended, with Stalin, Truman and Churchill
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
1943 Armed revolt breaks out in Treblinka
1943 Lt. John F. Kennedy's PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands
1943 RAF bombs Hamburg
1943 Sunderland seaplanes sinks U-706 and U-106
1943 Uprising at Treblinka Concentration Camp (crematorium destroyed)
1942 250 Dutch Catholic Jews arrested, transported to Amersfoort camp
1942 Colonel General Hoth' Pantser army reaches Kotelnikovo
1941 German 11st Army surrounds 20 Russian divisions at Oeman
1941 Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia
1940 Clermont-Ferrand sentences General Charles de Gaulle to death
1940 KL-House of saxon and commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia
1939 Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers
1938 1st test of a yellow baseball (Dodgers vs Cardinals)
1934 1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it
1934 Adolph Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of Germany
1934 William Franks twirls an indian club overhead 17,280 times in 1 hour
1932 Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs
1931 Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status
1929 Phillies Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a home run
1928 Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia, Ethiopia
1924 Joe Hauser sets record of 14 total bases in a game
1922 China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die
1921 Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox
1920 Marcus Garvey presents his "Back To Africa" program in New York City
1914 Belgian government receives German ultimatum
1914 German press falsely reports that French bombed Nuremberg
1914 German troops overthrows Luxembourg
1914 Germany and Turkey signs secret treaty
1914 Great Britain mobilizes
1914 Postdam Conference ended
1914 Russian troops invade Eastern Prussia
1914 Sherlock Holmes Adventure "His Last Bow" takes place
1912 18th U.S. Golf Open: John McDermott shoots a 294 at CC of Buffalo NY
1911 Haiti's dictator Simon flees on U.S. warship near Jamaica
1909 1st Lincoln head pennies minted
1909 Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers
1907 Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington and loses 3-2 to Detroit
1906 Chicago White Sox begin AL record 19 game win streak
1903 Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey
1894 Death duties 1st introduced in Britain
1894 Dutch Society for Women Suffrage gets royal charter
1892 Charles A. Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator
1887 Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
1884 Dutch Queen Emma appointed regent
1877 San Francisco Public Library opens with 5,000 volumes
1875 World 1st roller skating rink opens in London
1873 1st trial run of San Francisco cable car, Clay Street between Kearny and Jones
1865 Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1865 Trans Atlantic Cable being laid by SS Great Eastern snaps and is lost
1858 1st mailboxes installed in Boston and New York City streets
1858 Government of India transferred from East India Company to Crown
1832 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sac and Fox indians, end Black Hawk War
1832 Black Hawk defeated in Iowa
1832 Whites decimate Indians in Battle of Bad Axe River, Wisconsin
1831 Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium
1819 1st parachute jump in U.S.
1802 Napoleon declared "Counsel for Life"
1798 British under Admiral Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile
1791 Samuel Briggs and his son, patent nail-making machine
1787 Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc
1786 Utrechtse Vroedschap flees
1782 George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction
1776 Formal signing of Declaration of Independence
1738 France offers emperor Karel VI mediation in war against Turkey
1718 Austrian joins Triple Alliance
1704 Duke of Marlborough beats French and Bavarians at Blenheim
1665 French expedition against Barbarians in Tunis/Algiers
1610 Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay
1581 Leiden University names Snellius math professor
1578 Battle of Rijmenam
1552 Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion
1542 French troops leave Flanders
1492 Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
257 St. Stephen I ends his reign as Catholic Pope