Saturday, August 8, 2020 (Week 32)

August 2 in History

What happened on August 2 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on august 2 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on august 2 in history.

1997
Author William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), considered the godfather of the “Beat Generation” in American literature, dies at age 83.
1990
Iraqi forces invade neighboring Kuwait.
1965
Newsman Morley Safer films the destruction of a Vietnamese village by U.S. Marines.
1964
U.S. destroyer Maddox is reportedly attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats.
1950
The U.S. First Provisional Marine Brigade arrives in Korea from the United States.
1943
Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swims to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri.
1934
German President Paul von Hindenburg dies and Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor.
1923
Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes president upon the death of Warren G. Harding.
1918
A British force lands in Archangel, Russia, to support White Russian opposition to the Bolsheviks.
1914
Germany invades Luxembourg.
1876
Wild Bill Hickok is shot while playing poker.
1862
Union General John Pope captures Orange Court House, Virginia.
1862
The Army Ambulance Corps is established by Maj. Gen. George McClellan.
1847
William A. Leidesdorff launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay.
1832
Troops under General Henry Atkinson massacre Sauk Indian men, women and children who are followers of Black Hawk at the Bad Axe River in Wisconsin. Black Hawk himself finally surrenders three weeks later, bringing the Black Hawk War to an end.
1819
The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in New York City.
1802
Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed “Consul for Life” by the French Senate after a plebiscite from the French people.
1790
The first US census begins enumerating the population.
1776
The Continental Congress, having decided unanimously to make the Declaration of Independence, affixes the signatures of the other delegates to the document.
1589
During France’s religious war, a fanatical monk stabs King Henry II to death.
1553
An invading French army is destroyed at the Battle of Marciano in Italy by an imperial army.
1552
The treaty of Passau gives religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany.

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