On This Day for 2nd August (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 181 of 181

  • 1961 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club
  • 1961 Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo
  • 1961 St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
  • 1963 30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000)
  • 1964 Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees

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1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1964 North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin
  • 1964 Race riot in Jersey City NJ
  • 1965 Morley Safer's sends 1st Vietnam report indicating we are losing
  • 1966 Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season game, they lose to LA Rams 16-77
  • 1967 US's Lunar Orbiter 5 launched; enters lunar orbit Aug 5
  • 1967 The second Blackwall Tunnel opens in Greenwich, London.
  • 1967 "In the Heat of the Night" directed by Norman Jewison and starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1968)
  • 1968 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)

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1969 Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan

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1969 US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1970 Baltimore defeats KC 10-8, Orioles 23rd straight win over the Royals
  • 1970 France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
  • 1970 Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles'
  • 1972 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

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1973 George Brett gets his 1st hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

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1973 "American Graffiti" directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
  • 1975 104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record)
  • 1975 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1979 "Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 1979 Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway
  • 1980 Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed
  • 1980 US swimmers set 3 world records at National championships
  • 1981 Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs

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1981 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

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1982 Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1982 Roger Ebert's Movie News premieres on ABC FM network
  • 1983 STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 1983 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • 1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 5 die in a train crash in Westminster Colo
  • 1985 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die
  • 1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US) sets record for heptathlon (7161 pts)
  • 1986 TODAY/PC born today

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1986 Saddam Hussein offers peace in open letter to Iran

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 1986 13th Commonwealth Games close in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1987 25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1)

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1987 Christa Johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • 1987 Cin Red Eric Davis becomes 7th & earliest 30 HR 30 steal man
  • 1987 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1'3")
  • 1987 Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season
  • 1987 Kevin Seitzer (KC Royals), gets 6 hits in one baseball game
  • 1987 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)
  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo
  • 1988 System Enhancement Association settles case with PKware (ARC vs PKARC)
  • 1989 NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24
  • 1990 Iraq invades & occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia
  • 1990 Yankees rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th home run in just 77 at bats

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1990 US President George H. W. Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia

US President George H. W. Bush
US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1990 23rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Holiday Inn

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1991 Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

Musician Rick James
Musician
Rick James
  • 1991 Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA
  • 1991 Mike Jeffcoat is 1st AL pitcher to get an RBI since 1972
  • 1991 Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched
  • 1992 "Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 performances
  • 1992 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Welch's Golf Classic
  • 1992 Tom Seaver, R Fingers, Hal Newhouser, & B McGowan enter Hall of Fame
  • 1993 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapes
  • 1993 Peter Angelos & William DeWitt purchase Orioles
  • 1993 Train crash in tunnel at Vega de Anzo Spain, 12 killed
  • 1993 Shamrock Broadcasting, a Disney company, officially takes ownership of Cleveland's WMMS-FM/100.7 & WHK-AM/1420
  • 1994 Congressional hearings begin on White Water
  • 1994 Explosion in lead/zinc mine in Guangxi China, 120+ killed

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1994 NY Supreme Court refuses Howard Stern's non financial disclosure

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1994 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 3000m (7:25.11)
  • 1995 Saudi Arabia's King Fahd issues a decree replacing all members of the Council of Ministers who do not have blood ties so the royal Family
  • 1998 26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
  • 1998 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)

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1998 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1998 85th Tour de France won by Marco Pantani of Italy

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1999 "The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres

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2008 "Breaking Dawn", 4th book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown at midnight with a print run of 3.7 million copies

  • 2012 23 people are killed after two blasts in a fruit market in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2013 40 people are killed after an ammunition depot explodes in Homs, Syria

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 256

  • 1930 Ron de Lugo, (Rep-D-Virgin Islands, 1973-79, 81- )
  • 1930 Vali Myers, Australian painter (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Eddie Fuller, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58)
  • 1931 Henryck Schiller, composer
  • 1931 Philippa Duke Schuyler, composer
  • 1931 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Pierre DuMaine, Catholic bishop
  • 1932 Lamar Hunt, NFL owner (KC Chiefs)
  • 1932 Marvin David Levy, composer
  • 1932 Peter O'Toole, Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), (d. 2013)
  • 1933 Alan Tuffin, British trade union leader
  • 1934 Albert W Hall, actor (Apocalypse Now)
  • 1934 Carl Cecil Cain, Freeport Ill, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1934 Valery Bykovsky, cosmonaut (Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, 31)
  • 1935 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), born in Merseyside (d. 2007)
  • 1935 Derek Anthony Enright, politician
  • 1935 John MacIvor Perkins, composer
  • 1936 Anthony Edward Payne, composer
  • 1936 Christopher Hogg, CEO (Courtaulds & Reuters)
  • 1937 Garth Hudson, Canada, pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival)
  • 1937 Ronald Brierley, company chairman
  • 1937 William Cannon, football player (Heisman-1959)
  • 1938 Brunhilde Hendrix, German FR, relay runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1938 Pierre de Bané, French Canadian politician
  • 1939 Edward Pattern, singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1939 Wes Craven, American film director (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist
  • 1940 Doris Kenner, Passaic NJ, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)
  • 1941 Doris Coley, rocker
  • 1941 Homer Banks, US singer/songwriter (Be What You Are)
  • 1942 Leo Beenhakker, Dutch soccer trainer
  • 1942 Isabel Allende, Chilean author
  • 1943 Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1943 Kathy Lennon, singer (Lennon Sisters)
  • 1943 Max Wright, actor (Buffalo Bill, Alf, Misfits of Science), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943 Rose Tremain, British novelist/playwright (Restoration)
  • 1943 Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player
  • 1943 Max Wright, American actor
  • 1944 Jim Capaldi, English singer/songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong)
  • 1945 Joanna Cassidy [Joanna Virginia Caskey], Haddonfield, New Jersey, American actress (Blade Runner, Under Fire)
  • 1945 Jewell Jackson McCabe, pres (natl coaltion of 100 black women)
  • 1945 John Bowis, British MP (C), born in Brighton, East Sussex
  • 1945 Alex Jesaulenko, Australian rules footballer
  • 1947 Rose Tremain, novelist/playwright
  • 1947 Massiel, Spanish singer
  • 1948 Robert P Holdstock, UK, sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth)
  • 1948 Andy Fairweather Low, British guitarist
  • 1949 "Fat" Larry James, US drummer (Fat Larry's Band)
  • 1949 Bertalan Farkas, Bulgaria, cosmonaut (Soyuz 36/35)
  • 1949 Madeleine Smith, Sussex England, actress (Vampire Lovers)
  • 1949 James Fallows, American journalist
  • 1950 Kathryn Harrold, Tazewell Va, actress (MacGruder & Loud)
  • 1950 Lance Ito, judge (OJ Simpson trial)
  • 1950 Mathieu Carriere, Hanover West Germany, actor (Bay Boy, Woman in Flames)
  • 1950 Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (d. 1994)
  • 1951 Andrew Gold, Burbank, rocker (Lonely Boy)
  • 1951 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet)
  • 1951 Per Westerberg, Swedish politician
  • 1952 Angel Herrera, Cuba, FW/LW boxer (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • 1952 Paul David Crews, SC, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1953 Anne Leuchars, British TV journalist
  • 1953 Butch Patrick, actor (Eddie Munster-Munster)
  • 1954 Lisa Brown, KC, Mo, actress (Guiding Light, Iva-As the World Turns)
  • 1954 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star
  • 1954 James Charles Kopp, American citizen who murdered Barnett Slepian
  • 1955 Jimmy Lowe, Nashville Tenn, country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake)
  • 1955 Roberta Wallach, actress (Civil Wars), born in NYC, New York
  • 1955 Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
  • 1955 Tim Dunigan, American Actor
  • 1956 Bill Murchison Jr, Lake Charles LA, Nike golfer (1994 Boise Open-2nd)
  • 1956 Isabel Pantoja, Spain, spanish singer (Genio y Figura)
  • 1956 Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist/astrophysicist and author
  • 1957 Anne Leuchars, TV journalist
  • 1957 Stephen Kelly Petterson, Auckland NZ, Smallbore rifle (Olympics-96)
  • 1957 Mojo Nixon, American musician and actor
  • 1958 Arshad Ayub, cricketer (Indian off-spinner of the late 1980's)
  • 1958 Sammy McIlroy, soccer player
  • 1959 Britt Helfer, Clearfield Utah, actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat)
  • 1960 Apollonia, [Patricia Kotero], actress (Purple Rain), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1960 Linda Fratianne, US, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980)
  • 1960 Neal Morse, American musician (Spock's Beard, Transatlantic)
  • 1960 David Yow, American musician (Scratch Acid, The Jesus Lizard)
  • 1961 Ed West, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1961 Pete de Freitas, Trinidad, rock drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman)
  • 1961 Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
  • 1962 Cynthia Stevenson, American actress (Bob, Hope & Gloria), born in Oakland, California
  • 1963 Caroline Pierce, Cheshire England, golfer (1995 JAL Big Apple Classic-2nd)
  • 1963 Jeff Bloom, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Montana Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1963 Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer
  • 1964 John Cullen, Puslinch, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1964 Mary-Louise Parker, Ft Jackson SC, actress (Fried Green Tomatoes)
  • 1965 Takayuki Iizuka, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1966 Joseph Wanag, Wilson Ct, US judoka (Olympic-92)
  • 1966 Tim Wakefield [Timothy Stephen], Melbourne, Florida, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox-1995 AL Comeback Player of the Year)
  • 1967 Aaron Krickstein, Ann Arbor Mich, tennis player (Tel Aviv 1983)
  • 1967 Derek Wells, actor (Fitzpatricks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Martin Laamers, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1967 Aline Brosh McKenna, American screenwriter
  • 1968 Sean Groom, Northford Conn, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1968 Stefan Effenberg, German footballer

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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 122 of 122

  • 1996 Humphrey Fisher, TV Producer, dies at 72
  • 1996 Michel Debre, PM of France in (1959-62), dies
  • 1996 U Hia Than, politician, dies at 52
  • 1997 William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83
  • 1997 Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • 1998 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • 2001 Ron Townson, American singer (The Fifth Dimension) (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Don Estelle, British actor (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Mike Levey, American television personality (b. 1948)
  • 2003 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  • 2004 François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer (b. 1955)
  • 2007 Chauncey Bailey, American journalist and editor (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Holden Roberto, Angolan founder and leader of the FNLA (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Kay Dotrice, English repertory actress (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1935)
  • 2011 DeLois Barrett Campbell, American gospel singer (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • 2014 Rosetta Hightower, American singer, dies at 70
  • 2015 Forrest Bird, American aviator, inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • 2015 Cilla Black, pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72