What Happened on August 2

Significant Events

  • 338 BC Macedonian army led by Philip II defeats 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 - Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats numerically superior Roman army under command consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro
  • 1776 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)
  • 1790 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves
  • 1832 Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin: 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sauk & Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War in the US
  • 1858 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown
  • 1937 Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal
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Did You Know?

Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

On August 2, 1865

Famous Weddings

  • 1882 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (26) weds Fanny Smith
  • 1904 Novelist Hermann Hesse (27) weds Maria Bernoulli
  • 1930 Laurence McKinley Gould (33), American Geologist and Polar Explorer weds Margaret ("Peg") Rice in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1968 Later President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (21) weds lawyer Jose Miguel Arroyo (22)
  • 1970 Songwriter Sammy Cahn marries Tita Curtis in Calif
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