2 AUGUST
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Phillippe II France, 1674
  • Jack Warner, 1892
  • Helen Morgan, 1900
  • Myrna Loy, 1905
  • Beatrice Straight, 1918
  • James Baldwin, 1924
  • Carroll O'Connor, 1924
  • Peter O'Toole, 1932
  • Linda Fratianne, 1950

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Stephen, AD 257
  • King William Rufus (England) killed, 1100
  • Thomas Gainsborough, 1788
  • Jacques Etienne Montgolfier, 1799
  • Mehemet Ali, 1849
  • Horace Mann, 1859
  • Wild Bill Hickok shot, 1876
  • Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary), 1903
  • Enrico Caruso, 1921
  • Warren G. Harding, 1923
  • Paul von Hindenburg, 1934
  • Louis Bleriot, 1936
  • Wallace Stevens, 1955
  • Fritz Lang, 1976
  • Donald Ogden Stewart, 1980
  • Roy Cohn AIDS, 1986
  • William Burroughs, 1997
  • Shari Lewis, 1998

Today's Events:

  • 216 BC - Hannibal's Carthaginians win Battle of Cannae over Romans in Italy in the Second Punic War.
  • 1776 - 50 members of Continental Congress finally sign the Declaration of Independence approved July 4.
  • 1787 - Horace Saussure becomes first man to reach summit of Mont Blanc.
  • 1791 - Father and son Samuel Briggs Sr. & Jr. of Philly receive patent on nail making machine.
  • 1819 - First parachute jump in America from a balloon made by Charles Guille over New York City.
  • 1830 - Dauphin Louis Antoine reigns as King of France for 15 minutes; abdicates in favor of Henri V.
  • 1832 - Militia decimates Saux and Fox Indians in Battle of Bad Axe River.
  • 1858 - Government of India transferred from East India Co. to the British government.
  • 1858 - Mailboxes first installed on the streets of New York and Boston.
  • 1858 - British Columbia constituted a British Crown Colony.
  • 1865 - Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' published but withdrawn because bad print job.
  • 1903 - Macedonians uprising against Turks begins; Turkey to retaliate by destroying over 100 villages.
  • 1914 - Russia invades Germany; seizes railway stations and Eydtkuhnen with little confrontation. WW1
  • 1923 - On the death of Harding, Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th U.S. President.
  • 1931 - World's worst flood kills 3.7 million along China's Yellow River.
  • 1934 - On death of von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler becomes Reichsfuhrer - absolute dictator of Germany.
  • 1939 - Albert Einstein sends letter to FDR advising that atomic bombs are possible with uranium in a chain reaction.
  • 1964 - Gulf of Tonkin incident in Vietnam as three North Vietnamese PT boats attack U.S. destroyer Maddox.
  • 1990 - Saddam Hussain's Iraq invades Kuwait; troops cross border at 2:00 a.m. in dispute over $2.4 billion in oil.
  • 1993 - Record price paid for sports team - Baltimore Orioles baseball team sold for $173m at NY auction.
  • 1993 - Great flood of 1993 peaks; St. Louis spared from devastation of rampaging Mississippi River.
  • 1993 - Titan IV rocket explodes over Pacific after launch losing record $800 million spy-satellite cargo.
  • 2017 - Dow Jones Industrials climb to over 22,000 for the first time in history. Can it last?
  • 2018 - Apple becomes the first US company in history to hit a value of $1 trillion (that's $1,000,000,000,000)

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Basil the Blessed
  • Alphonsus Liguori

Holiday:

  • Day of Kwan-Yun, Chinese Buddhist goddess.

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • JANAM (OR JANMA) ASHTAMI, Hindu Birthday Festival of Krishna
  • ANANT CHATURDASI, Hindu Eternal Anniversary of 14th day of Month Bhaedra
  • CH'UNG YANG, Festival of High Places in China (ninth day of the ninth moon)
  • Japanese visit graves of ancestors mid August
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God end of August
  • FRIENDSHIP DAY - first Sunday in August in USA

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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