On This Day

Historical Events on August 2 (Part 2)

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2017 Great Britain's Prince Philip aged 96 makes his final solo public appearance before retiring from public engagements

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip
  • 2017 New crypto-currency Bitcoin Cash is created via a hard-fork of Bitcoin's blockchain technology and brand
  • 2017 First footage of white giraffes posted by Hirola Conservation Program in north eastern Kenya
  • 2017 More than a billion people around the world need glasses and 36 million are blind, according to new study published in "The Lancet"
  • 2018 Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value
  • 2018 Fields Medal for mathematics awarded to Caucher Birkar (his stolen minutes later), Alessio Figalli, Peter Scholze and Akshay Venkatesh
  • 2018 Pope Frances declares the death penalty unacceptable in all cases, reversing church teachings and adding to Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church
  • 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"
  • 2019 Saudi Arabia announces news rules for women including allowing them to travel independently abroad without a male guardian's permission

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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

Singer-Songwriter Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
  • 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√≥

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2020 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
Elon Musk
  • 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