On This Day

On This Day in History for August 2 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1983 US District Court begins trying Yonkers accused of race discrimination
  • 1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1985 5 die in a train crash in Westminster Colo
  • 1985 Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 die
  • 1986 TODAY/PC born today

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1986 Saddam Hussein offers peace in open letter to Iran

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • 1987 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1'3")
  • 1987 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1988 Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo
  • 1988 System Enhancement Association settles case with PKware (ARC vs PKARC)

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

1989 NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • 1990 Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia

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1990 US President George H. W. Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1991 Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA
  • 1991 Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched
  • 1991 Pan Am games open in Havana

  • 1993 NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapses
  • 1993 Train crash in tunnel at Vega de Anzo Spain, 12 killed
  • 1994 Congressional hearings begin on White Water
  • 1994 Explosion in lead/zinc mine in Guangxi China, 120+ killed

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1994 NY Supreme Court refuses Howard Stern's non financial disclosure

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1994 Noureddine Morceli runs world record 3000m (7:25.11)
  • 1995 Saudi Arabia's King Fahd issues a decree replacing all members of the Council of Ministers who do not have blood ties to the royal Family
  • 2005 MESSENGER spacecraft performs an Earth flyby
  • 2005 The largest trade in NBA history is completed as 5 teams combine to swap 13 players; deal brings Antoine Walker & Jason Williams to Miami, leads to Heat's 1st ever championship that season

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2008 "Breaking Dawn", 4th book in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight Saga" is published by Little Brown at midnight with a print run of 3.7 million copies

  • 2012 23 people are killed after two blasts in a fruit market in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2013 40 people are killed after an ammunition depot explodes in Homs, Syria

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2013 Carl Icahn sues computer giant Dell in an attempt to derail a buyout bid by the CEO, Michael Dell

Investor and business magnate Carl Icahn
Investor and business magnate
Carl Icahn
Entrepreneur and Founder of Dell Michael Dell
Entrepreneur and Founder of Dell
Michael Dell
  • 2017 First successful gene editing in human embryos to repair disease-causing mutation reported by scientists in "Nature"

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2017 US President Donald Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, limiting his ability to ever lift them

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

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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
  • 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. Rosselló

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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
Entrepreneur
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

Birthdays in History

  • 1970 Kevin Smith, American director (Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks, born in Red bank, New Jersey
  • 1983 Nick Diaz, American MMA fighter, born in Stockton, California
  • 1986 Mathieu Razanakolona, Malagasy-Canadian skier, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1991 Gabriel Anthony Cohen, son of journalists Meredith Viera & Richard Cohen

Weddings in History


Deaths in History