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.
Author William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), considered the godfather of the “Beat Generation” in American literature, dies at age 83.
Iraqi forces invade neighboring Kuwait.
Newsman Morley Safer films the destruction of a Vietnamese village by U.S. Marines.
U.S. destroyer Maddox is reportedly attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats.
The U.S. First Provisional Marine Brigade arrives in Korea from the United States.
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.
German President Paul von Hindenburg dies and Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor.
Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes president upon the death of Warren G. Harding.
A British force lands in Archangel, Russia, to support White Russian opposition to the Bolsheviks.
Germany invades Luxembourg.
Wild Bill Hickok is shot while playing poker.
Union General John Pope captures Orange Court House, Virginia.
The Army Ambulance Corps is established by Maj. Gen. George McClellan.
William A. Leidesdorff launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay.
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.
The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in New York City.
Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed “Consul for Life” by the French Senate after a plebiscite from the French people.
The first US census begins enumerating the population.
The Continental Congress, having decided unanimously to make the Declaration of Independence, affixes the signatures of the other delegates to the document.
During France’s religious war, a fanatical monk stabs King Henry II to death.
An invading French army is destroyed at the Battle of Marciano in Italy by an imperial army.
The treaty of Passau gives religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany.