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, 1,596,326,400 seconds 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
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.
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.
The first general strike in Canadian history takes place in Vancouver.
As vice president, Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding
Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany.
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, the effect of which is to render marijuana and all its by-products illegal.
Rebellion in the Nazi death camp of Treblinka.
ASNOM: birth of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, celebrated as Day of the Republic in the Republic of Macedonia.
Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin incident – North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fire on the U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy.
A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.
Who were born on August 2?
Dietrich of Anhalt-Dessau, German Prince (d. 1769)
Matt Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1970)
Nehemiah Persoff, American actor
Malcolm Hilton, English cricketer (d. 1990)
Kathryn Harrold, American actress
Marjo, Quebec singer
Arshad Ayub, Indian cricketer
Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer
Jay Heaps, American footballer
Brittany Hargest, American singer
Who died on August 2?
Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (b. 1850)
Paul von Hindenburg, German field marshal and 2nd President of Germany (b. 1847)
Louis Blériot, French aviation pioneer (b. 1872)
Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian mystic (b. 1883)
Brian Cole, American bass player (The Association) (b. 1942)
Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer (b. 1899)
Norman Maclean, American writer (b. 1902)
Michel Debré, French politician (b. 1912)
Don Estelle, British actor (b. 1933)
Ferenc Berényi, Hungarian painter (b. 1929)
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