What happened this day in history August 2

What are the important events that happened on August 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 2: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 2 is the 215th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 151 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is July 20, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,605,440 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectadecapentagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 194 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,781 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 2 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1830
    Charles X of France abdicates the throne in favor of his grandson Henri.
  • 1870
    Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on August 2?

  • 1674
    Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)
  • 1828
    Manuel Pavía y Rodríguez de Alburquerque, Spanish general (d. 1895)
  • 1924
    James Baldwin, American writer (d. 1987)
  • 1945
    Joanna Cassidy, American actress
  • 1949
    James Fallows, American journalist
  • 1960
    David Yow, American vocalist (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard)
  • 1961
    Pete de Freitas, born in Trinidad, drummer with Echo & the Bunnymen (d. 1989)
  • 1973
    Jay Meetze, American conductor and impresario
  • 1980
    Ugur Rifat Karlova, Turkish TV and stage entertainer
  • 1988
    Rob Kwiet, Canadian ice hockey player

Who died on August 2?

  • 1589
    King Henry III of France (b. 1551)
  • 1849
    Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Egyptian military officer and statesman (b. 1769)
  • 1889
    Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian writer (b. 1851)
  • 1922
    Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born Canadian inventor (b. 1847)
  • 1929
    Mae Costello, American actress (b. 1882)
  • 1967
    Walter Terence Stace, British philosopher (b. 1886)
  • 1976
    Fritz Lang, Austrian film director (b. 1890)
  • 1978
    Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer (b. 1899)
  • 2007
    Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor (b. 1950)
  • 2007
    Holden Roberto, Angolan politician (b. 1923)

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