About August 2

August 2, 2021 is the 214th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 151 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Leo is the sun 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 183 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 2

  • 1776
    The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
  • 1798
    French Revolutionary Wars: the Battle of the Nile concludes in a British victory.
  • 1897
    Anglo-Afghan wars: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand region of colonial India’s North West Frontier Province.
  • 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.
  • 1918
    The first general strike in Canadian history takes place in Vancouver.
  • 1922
    A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people.
  • 1923
    As vice president, Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding
  • 1932
    The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan project to develop a nuclear weapon.
  • 1943
    Rebellion in the Nazi death camp of Treblinka.
  • 1943
    World War II: the Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 is rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future U.S. President, saves all but two of his crew.
  • 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.
  • 1968
    An earthquake hits Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines killing more than 270 people and wounding 261.
  • 1973
    A flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man.
  • 1980
    A bomb explodes at the railway station in Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.
  • 1985
    Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar crashes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport killing 137.
  • 1989
    A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.

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