On This Day

What Happened on August 2, 2020

Historical Events

  • Australian state of Victoria announces state of disaster and imposes further lockdown measures after spike in COVID-19 cases
  • Islamic State stages a jail break at a prison in Afghan city of Jalalabad, placing bombs at its entrance, results in 20 hr gunfight, 29 deaths and over 300 prisoners at large
  • South Africa confirms over 500,000 cases of COVID-19 with 10,107 deaths, highest total on the African continent

Event of interestEvent of Interest

SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico, 1st commercial crewed mission

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
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Elon Musk
  • United Arab Emirates starts up the Arab world's first nuclear power station at the Barakah plant

Famous Deaths

  • Bob Ryland, American tennis player (first African-American to play professionally) and coach (Harold Solomon, Arthur Ashe, Venus & Serena Williams), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 100
  • Leon Fleisher, American pianist and conductor (Annapolis Symphony 1970-82), dies of cancer at 92
  • Saïd Amara, Algerian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Strasbourg, Béziers, Bordeaux) and manager (Algeria), dies at 87
  • Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), dies at 69
2020 Highlights

About August 2, 2020

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 1 month and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo