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
  • 2018 Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value
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August 2 in Film & TV

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

August 2 in Music

  • 1961 Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club

August 2 in Sport

  • 1864 Saratoga Racecourse, America's oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, opens its inaugural meet with four days of racing

Did You Know?

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal

On August 2, 1937


Would You Believe?

First footage of white giraffes posted by Hirola Conservation Program in north eastern Kenya

On August 2, 2017

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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