On This Day in History for August 2

Events in History

  • 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
  • 257 St Stephen I's death ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1057 Frederik van Lotharingen elected as 1st Belgium Pope Stephen IX [X]
  • 1100 King William II of England (William Rufus) is killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest
  • 1542 French troops leave Flanders
  • 1552 Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion
  • 1578 Battle of Rijmenam: Spanish Habsburg forces defeated by Dutch troops (Eighty Years' War)
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Weddings in History

  • 1882 US educational 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

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