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What happened on August 2
- August 2, 0216 BC - Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae - The Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.
- August 2, 0338 "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."
- August 2, 1100 England's William II Rufus dies at age 44 after being struck by an arrow while hunting in the New Forest Sir Walter Tyrel is accused of having shot the arrow but flees the country to avoid a trial and then protests his innocence (Ralph of Aix is also accused)
- August 2, 1375 The first roller skating rink opens (London)
- August 2, 1610 "Henry Hudson sails into what it is now known as Hudson Bay, thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean."
- August 2, 1776 Delegates to the Continental Congress begin signing the United States Declaration of Independence.
- August 2, 1790 The first US Census is conducted.
- August 2, 1802 The French make Bonaparte first consul for life August 2 and give him the right to name his successor
- August 2, 1869 "Japan's samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system (Shinksh) is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms. (Traditional Japanese date: June 25, 1869)."
- August 2, 1870 "Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London."
- August 2, 1876 "Wild Bill Hickok draws the Dead Man's Hand - a pair of aces and a pair of eights, when he was shot"
- August 2, 1903 "Fall of the Ottoman Empire: Unsuccessful uprising of the Bulgarians in the region of Macedonia from the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization against Ottoman Turkey, also known as the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising."
- August 2, 1914 "Sherlock Holmes Adventure ""His Last Bow"" takes place"
- August 2, 1916 World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.
- August 2, 1918 Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
- August 2, 1921 "Enrico Carus opera singer: tenor, died"
- August 2, 1924 Carroll O'Connor born (Archie Bunker in All in the Family)
- August 2, 1931 Einstein urges all scientists to refuse military work.
- August 2, 1932 The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
- August 2, 1934 "Death of Hindenberg. Hitler becomes head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Hitler proclaims himself ""Fuehrer"" and forces all military personnel to swear allegience to him."
- August 2, 1934 Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes Fhrer of Germany.
- August 2, 1937 "The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal."
- August 2, 1939 Albert Einstein and Le Szilrd write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt urging him to begin the Manhattan project to develop a nuclear weapon.
- August 2, 1943 "PT-109, under command of LTJG John F. Kennedy, cut in half by Japanese cruiser"
- August 2, 1943 Rebellion in the Nazi death camp of Treblinka.
- August 2, 1943 Revolt in Treblinka.
- August 2, 1943 "World War II: PT-109 rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future US President, saves all but two of his crew."
- August 2, 1945 "World War II: Potsdam Conference, in which the Allied Powers discuss the future of defeated Germany, concludes."
- August 2, 1961 St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
- August 2, 1964 "Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin Incident - North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fires on U.S. destroyers, USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy."
- August 2, 1965 Morley Safer's sends first Vietnam report indicating we are losing
- August 2, 1966 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
- August 2, 1967 "The second Blackwall Tunnel opens in Greenwich, London."
- August 2, 1973 "A flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man."
- August 2, 1980 "A bomb explodes at the railway station in Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200."
- August 2, 1985 "Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar crashes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport killing 137."
- August 2, 1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US) sets record for heptathlon (7161 pts)
- August 2, 1986 Number one hit on UK music charts - Chris de Burgh - The Lady In Red
- August 2, 1987 "Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1'3"")"
- August 2, 1990 Iraq Invades Kuwait - leading to Operation Desert Storm
- August 2, 1990 "Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to conflict with coalition forces in the Gulf War."
- August 2, 1991 "Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges"
- August 2, 2009 "A large oil spill occurs in Langesund, Norway, after a Chinese ship, the Full City, drifted aground."
- August 2, 2009 A new strain of the virus that causes AIDS is discovered in a woman from Cameroon.
- August 2, 2009 "Around 2700 people are evacuated as 530 forest fires burn in British Columbia, Canada."
- August 2, 2009 At least 33 people die and several are injured as a bus flips over thrice in Zimbabwe.
- August 2, 2009 Chinese police detain a further 319 people over unrest in the Xinjiang region last month.
- August 2, 2009 "Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami criticizes the ""show trial"" of election protestors currently underway in the country."
- August 2, 2009 Hundreds of firefighters on the Spanish island of La Palma in the Canary Islands are continuing to battle wildfires.
- August 2, 2009 "Merpati Nusantara Airlines Flight 9760, a Twin Otter plane with 16 on board, disappears over Papua, Indonesia."
- August 2, 2009 Nine families who have been living in East Jerusalem since 1956 are evicted by force. (Previous reports of 'two families' are wrong.)
- August 2, 2009 One person dies of pneumonic plague and eleven of his relatives are quarantined in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
- August 2, 2009 "One person is killed and 75 injured after an outdoor stage collapses at the Big Valley Jamboree country music festival in Alberta, Canada."
- August 2, 2009 "The BBC obtains a photograph showing Yusuf Mohamed, leader of the Boko Haram sect, was alive when captured by the Nigerian army."
- August 2, 2009 The death toll from sectarian clashes in northern Nigeria rises to 700.
- August 2, 2009 "The remains of Michael Scott Speicher, the first United States Gulf War casualty, are located in the Al Anbar Governorate desert."
- August 2, 2009 Three workers from the Russian Emergency Ministry are killed in Ingushetia. (
- August 2, 2009 "Two newly discovered works by Mozart?a prelude and concerto movement?are performed in Salzburg, Austria."