On This Day

Historical Events on August 2 (Part 2)

  • 2018 Oldest library in Germany confirmed unearthed in Cologne dating to 2AD, possibly held 20,000 scrolls
  • 2018 Tokyo Medical University revealed to have been tampering with female entrance exams to ensure under 30% accepted, by Japanese newspaper "Yomiuri Shimbun"
  • 2018 TikTok, the video-sharing social network, becomes available worldwide after merging with Musical.ly
  • 2019 Saudi Arabia announces news rules for women including allowing them to travel independently abroad without a male guardian's permission

Music History

2019 Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran's Divide tour becomes the most attended and highest grossing tour of all time overtaking U2 after 893 days on the road

  • 2019 Seven-year-old boy operated on after 526 teeth found inside his mouth in Chennai, India
  • 2019 Pedro Pierluisi sworn in as new Governor of Puerto Rico replacing Ricardo A. Rossell√≥

Historic Event

2020 SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splashes down in the Gulf of Mexico, 1st commercial crewed mission

  • 2020 Australian state of Victoria announces state of disaster and imposes further lockdown measures after spike in COVID-19 cases
  • 2020 South Africa confirms over 500,000 cases of COVID-19 with 10,107 deaths, highest total on the African continent
  • 2020 United Arab Emirates starts up the Arab world's first nuclear power station at the Barakah plant
  • 2020 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

COVID-19 Pandemic

2021 70% of American have had at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot, a target President Joe Biden had hoped to meet by 4 July