About August 2

August 2, 2024 is the 215th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 151 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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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 180 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On August 2

  • 338 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.
  • 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.
  • 1610
    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.
  • 1790
    The first US Census is conducted.
  • 1798
    French Revolutionary Wars: the Battle of the Nile concludes in a British victory.
  • 1870
    Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London.
  • 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.
  • 1934
    Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restoring democracy for the first time since 1972.
  • 1990
    Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
  • 2011
    Three Rapid City, South Dakota officers stop a group of suspicious people on Anamosa Street. One man pulls out a revolver and fires six shots, killing one officer, mortally wounding another, and injuring the third.

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