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  • What happened on August 2
  • August 2 is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 151 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on August 2
  • 338 BC – A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.
  • 216 BC – The Carthaginian army led by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army at the Battle of Cannae.
  • 461 – Majorian is arrested near Tortona (northern Italy) and deposed by the Suebian general Ricimer as puppet emperor.
  • 1274 – Edward I of England returns from the Ninth Crusade and is crowned King seventeen days later.
  • 1343 – After the execution of her husband, Jeanne de Clisson sells her estates and raises a force of men with which to attack French shipping and ports.
  • 1377 – Russian troops are defeated in the Battle on Pyana River.
  • 1415 – Thomas Grey, conspirator against King Henry V (b. 1384)
  • 1610 – During Henry Hudson’s search for the Northwest Passage, he sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay.
  • 1776 – The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
  • 1790 – The first United States Census is conducted.
  • 1798 – French Revolutionary Wars: The Battle of the Nile concludes in a British victory.
  • 1830 – Charles X of France abdicates the throne in favor of his grandson Henri.
  • 1869 – Japan’s Edo society class system is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms.
  • 1870 – Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1873 – The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco’s famous cable car system.
  • 1897 – Anglo-Afghan War: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand states.
  • 1903 – The Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising against the Ottoman Empire begins.
  • 1914 – The German occupation of Luxembourg during World War I begins.
  • 1916 – World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.
  • 1918 – Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
  • 1918 – The first general strike in Canadian history takes place in Vancouver.
  • 1922 – A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people.
  • 1923 – Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes U.S. President upon the death of President Warren G. Harding.
  • 1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
  • 1934 – Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.
  • 1937 – The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, the effect of which is to render marijuana and all its by-products illegal.
  • 1939 – Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.
  • 1943 – Jewish prisoners stage a revolt at Treblinka, one of the deadliest of Nazi death camps where approximately 900,000 persons were murdered in less than 18 months.
  • 1943 – World War II: The Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 is rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and sinks. Lt. John F. Kennedy, future U.S. President, saves all but two of his crew.
  • 1944 – ASNOM: Birth of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, celebrated as Day of the Republic in the Republic of Macedonia.
  • 1944 – World War II: The largest trade convoy of the world wars arrives safely in the Western Approaches.
  • 1945 – World War II: End of the Potsdam Conference.
  • 1947 – A British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian airliner crashes into a mountain during a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The wreckage would not be found until 1998.
  • 1964 – Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin incident: North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fire on the U.S. destroyer USS Maddox.
  • 1968 – An earthquake hits Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines killing more than 270 people and wounding 261.
  • 1973 – A flash fire kills 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man.
  • 1980 – A bomb explodes at the railway station in Bologna, Italy, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.
  • 1985 – Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, crashes at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport killing 137.
  • 1989 – Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restored democracy for the first time since 1972.
  • 1989 – A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.
  • 1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
  • 1998 – The Second Congo War begins.
  • 1999 – The Gaisal train disaster claims 285 lives in Assam, India.
  • 2005 – Air France Flight 358, lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and runs off the runway causing the plane to burst into flames leaving 12 injuries and no fatalities.
  • 2014 – At least 146 people were killed and more than 114 injured in an explosion at a factory near Shanghai.

 

 

 

  • Births on August 2
  • 1260 – Kyawswa of Pagan, last ruler of the Pagan Kingdom (d. 1299)
  • 1455 – John Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg (d. 1499)
  • 1533 – Theodor Zwinger, Swiss physician and scholar (d. 1588)
  • 1612 – Saskia van Uylenburgh, Dutch model (d. 1642)
  • 1672 – Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss paleontologist and scholar (d. 1733)
  • 1674 – Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (d. 1723)
  • 1696 – Mahmud I, Ottoman sultan (d. 1754)
  • 1702 – Dietrich of Anhalt-Dessau (d. 1769)
  • 1703 – Lorenzo Ricci, Italian religious leader, 18th Superior General of the Society of Jesus (d. 1775)
  • 1740 – Jean Baptiste Camille Canclaux, French general (d. 1817)
  • 1754 – Pierre Charles L’Enfant, French-American architect and engineer, designed Washington, D.C. (d. 1825)
  • 1788 – Leopold Gmelin, German chemist and academic (d. 1853)
  • 1815 – Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German poet and historian (d. 1894)
  • 1820 – John Tyndall, Irish-English physicist and mountaineer (d. 1893)
  • 1828 – Manuel Pavía y Rodríguez de Alburquerque, Spanish general (d. 1895)
  • 1834 – Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor, designed the Statue of Liberty (d. 1904)
  • 1835 – Elisha Gray, American businessman, co-founded Western Electric (d. 1901)
  • 1858 – Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont (d. 1934)
  • 1861 – Prafulla Chandra Ray, Bangladeshi chemist and academic (d. 1944)
  • 1865 – Irving Babbitt, American academic and critic (d. 1933)
  • 1865 – John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)
  • 1867 – Ernest Dowson, English poet, novelist, and short story writer (d. 1900)
  • 1868 – Constantine I of Greece (d. 1923)
  • 1871 – John French Sloan, American painter and illustrator (d. 1951)
  • 1872 – George E. Stewart, Australian-American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)
  • 1875 – Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-American painter and illustrator (d. 1957)
  • 1876 – Pingali Venkayya, Indian geologist, designed the Flag of India (d. 1963)
  • 1877 – Ravishankar Shukla, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh (d. 1956)
  • 1878 – Aino Kallas, Finnish-Estonian author (d. 1956)
  • 1880 – Arthur Dove, American painter and educator (d. 1946)
  • 1882 – Red Ames, American baseball player and manager (d. 1936)
  • 1882 – Albert Bloch, American painter and academic (d. 1961)
  • 1884 – Rómulo Gallegos, Venezuelan author and politician, 46th President of Venezuela (d. 1969)
  • 1886 – John Alexander Douglas McCurdy Canadian pilot and politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (d. 1961)
  • 1887 – Oskar Anderson, Bulgarian-German mathematician and statistician (d. 1960)
  • 1887 – Tommy Ward, Indian-South African cricketer (d. 1936)
  • 1891 – Arthur Bliss, English composer and conductor (d. 1975)
  • 1891 – Viktor Zhirmunsky, Russian linguist and historian (d. 1971)
  • 1892 – Jack L. Warner, Canadian-born American production manager and producer, co-founded Warner Bros. (d. 1978)
  • 1895 – Matt Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (d. 1970)
  • 1897 – Karl-Otto Koch, German SS officer (d. 1945)
  • 1897 – Max Weber, Swiss lawyer and politician (d. 1974)
  • 1898 – Ernő Nagy, Hungarian fencer (d. 1977)
  • 1899 – Charles Bennett, English director and screenwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1900 – Holling C. Holling, American author and illustrator (d. 1973)
  • 1900 – Helen Morgan, American actress and singer (d. 1941)
  • 1902 – Pope Cyril VI of Alexandria (d. 1971)
  • 1905 – Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer (d. 1963)
  • 1905 – Myrna Loy, American actress (d. 1993)
  • 1907 – Mary Hamman, American journalist and author (d. 1984)
  • 1910 – Roger MacDougall, Scottish director, playwright, and screenwriter (d. 1993)
  • 1911 – Ann Dvorak, American actress (d. 1979)
  • 1912 – Palle Huld, Danish actor (d. 2010)
  • 1912 – Håkon Stenstadvold, Norwegian painter, illustrator, and critic (d. 1977)
  • 1912 – Vladimir Žerjavić, Croatian economist and author (d. 2001)
  • 1913 – Xavier Thaninayagam, Sri Lankan scholar and academic (d. 1980)
  • 1914 – Félix Leclerc, Canadian singer-songwriter, actor, and poet (d. 1988)
  • 1914 – Big Walter Price, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2012)
  • 1914 – Beatrice Straight, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1915 – Gary Merrill, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1916 – Alfonso A. Ossorio, Filipino-American painter and sculptor (d. 1990)
  • 1919 – Nehemiah Persoff, Israeli-American actor
  • 1920 – Louis Pauwels, French journalist and author (d. 1997)
  • 1920 – Augustus Rowe, Canadian physician and politician (d. 2013)
  • 1921 – Alan Whicker, Egyptian-English journalist (d. 2013)
  • 1922 – Gábor Agárdy, Hungarian actor (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – Betsy Bloomingdale, American philanthropist and socialite (d. 2016)
  • 1922 – Geoffrey Dutton, Australian historian and author (d. 1998)
  • 1923 – Shimon Peres, Polish-Israeli lawyer and politician, 9th President of Israel (d. 2016)
  • 1923 – Ike Williams, American boxer (d. 1994)
  • 1924 – James Baldwin, American novelist, poet, and critic (d. 1987)
  • 1924 – Joe Harnell, American pianist and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1924 – Carroll O’Connor, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1925 – K. Arulanandan, Ceylon-American engineer and academic (d. 2004)
  • 1925 – John Dexter, English director and producer (d. 1990)
  • 1925 – John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1925 – Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinian general and politician, 43rd President of Argentina (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Peter Swinnerton-Dyer, English mathematician and academic
  • 1928 – Malcolm Hilton, English cricketer (d. 1990)
  • 1929 – Roy Crimmins, English trombonist and composer (d. 2014)
  • 1929 – John Gale, English director and producer
  • 1929 – K. M. Peyton, English author and educator
  • 1929 – Vidya Charan Shukla, Indian politician, Indian Minister of External Affairs (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – David Waddington, Baron Waddington, English lawyer and politician, Governor of Bermuda
  • 1930 – Vali Myers, Australian painter and dancer (d. 2003)
  • 1931 – Pierre DuMaine, American bishop and academic
  • 1931 – Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (d. 2008)
  • 1931 – Karl Miller, English journalist and critic (d. 2014)
  • 1931 – Viliam Schrojf, Czech footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1932 – Lamar Hunt, American businessman, co-founded the American Football League and World Championship Tennis (d. 2006)
  • 1932 – Peter O’Toole, British-Irish actor and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1933 – Ioannis Varvitsiotis, Greek politician, Greek Minister of Defence
  • 1934 – Valery Bykovsky, Russian general and astronaut
  • 1935 – Amidou, Moroccan-French actor (d. 2013)
  • 1935 – Betty Brosmer, American model and author
  • 1935 – Hank Cochran, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)
  • 1936 – Anthony Payne, English composer and author
  • 1937 – Ron Brierley, New Zealand businessman
  • 1937 – Billy Cannon, American football player and dentist
  • 1937 – Garth Hudson, Canadian keyboard player, songwriter, and producer
  • 1938 – Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (d. 2007)
  • 1938 – Pierre de Bané, Israeli-Canadian lawyer and politician
  • 1938 – Paul Jenkins, American actor (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Terry Peck, Falkland Islander soldier (d. 2006)
  • 1939 – Benjamin Barber, American theorist, author, and academic
  • 1939 – Wes Craven, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1939 – John W. Snow, American businessman and politician, 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1940 – Angel Lagdameo, Filipino archbishop
  • 1940 – Beko Ransome-Kuti, Nigerian physician and activist (d. 2006)
  • 1940 – Will Tura, Belgian singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1941 – Doris Coley, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1941 – Jules A. Hoffmann, Luxembourgian-French biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1941 – Ede Staal, Dutch singer-songwriter (d. 1986)
  • 1941 – François Weyergans, Belgian director and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Isabel Allende, Chilean-American novelist, essayist, essayist
  • 1942 – Juan Formell, Cuban singer-songwriter and bass player (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Herbert M. Allison, American lieutenant and businessman (d. 2013)
  • 1943 – Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player and coach
  • 1943 – Jon R. Cavaiani, English-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Rose Tremain, English novelist and short story writer
  • 1944 – Jim Capaldi, English drummer and songwriter (d. 2005)
  • 1944 – Naná Vasconcelos, Brazilian singer and berimbau player (d. 2016)
  • 1945 – Joanna Cassidy, American actress
  • 1945 – Alex Jesaulenko, Austrian-Australian footballer and coach
  • 1945 – Bunker Roy, Indian educator and activist
  • 1945 – Eric Simms, Australian rugby league player and coach
  • 1946 – James Howe, American journalist and author
  • 1947 – Ruth Bakke, Norwegian organist and composer
  • 1947 – Lawrence Wright, American journalist, author, and screenwriter
  • 1948 – Andy Fairweather Low, Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1948 – Dennis Prager, American radio host and author
  • 1948 – James Street, American football and baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1948 – Snoo Wilson, English playwright and screenwriter (d. 2013)
  • 1949 – James Fallows, American journalist and author
  • 1949 – Bertalan Farkas, Hungarian general and astronaut
  • 1950 – Jussi Adler-Olsen, Danish author and publisher
  • 1950 – Ted Turner, British guitarist (Wishbone Ash)
  • 1951 – Andrew Gold, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1951 – Steve Hillage, English guitarist
  • 1951 – Joe Lynn Turner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1951 – Freddie Wadling, Swedish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1951 – Per Westerberg, Swedish businessman and politician, Speaker of the Parliament of Sweden
  • 1953 – Marjo, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • 1953 – Donnie Munro, Scottish singer and guitarist
  • 1953 – Anthony Seldon, English historian and author
  • 1954 – Sammy McIlroy, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • 1955 – Caleb Carr, American historian and author
  • 1955 – Tony Godden, English footballer and manager
  • 1956 – Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist, astrophysicist, and author
  • 1958 – Arshad Ayub, Indian cricketer and manager
  • 1959 – Victoria Jackson, American actress and singer
  • 1959 – Johnny Kemp, Bahamian singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2015)
  • 1959 – Apollonia Kotero, American singer and actress
  • 1960 – Linda Fratianne, American figure skater
  • 1960 – Neal Morse, American singer and keyboard player
  • 1960 – David Yow, American singer-songwriter
  • 1961 – Cold 187um, American rapper and producer
  • 1961 – Pete de Freitas, Spanish drummer and producer (d. 1989)
  • 1962 – Lee Mavers, English singer, songwriter and guitarist
  • 1963 – Laura Bennett, American architect and fashion designer
  • 1963 – Uğur Tütüneker, Turkish footballer and manager
  • 1964 – Frank Biela, German race car driver
  • 1964 – Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
  • 1965 – Joe Hockey, Australian lawyer and politician, 38th Treasurer of Australia
  • 1965 – Hisanobu Watanabe, Japanese baseball player and coach
  • 1966 – Takashi Iizuka, Japanese wrestler
  • 1966 – Grainne Leahy, Irish cricketer
  • 1966 – Tim Wakefield, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1967 – Aaron Krickstein, American tennis player
  • 1967 – Aline Brosh McKenna, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1968 – Stefan Effenberg, German footballer and sportscaster
  • 1968 – John Stanier, American drummer
  • 1969 – Jan Axel Blomberg, Norwegian drummer and songwriter
  • 1969 – Cedric Ceballos, American basketball player
  • 1969 – Fernando Couto, Portuguese footballer and manager
  • 1970 – Tony Amonte, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1970 – Kevin Smith, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Philo Wallace, Barbadian cricketer
  • 1971 – Jason Bell, Australian rugby league player
  • 1971 – Michael Hughes, Irish footballer and manager
  • 1972 – Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • 1972 – Jacinda Barrett, Australian model and actress
  • 1973 – Hiroyuki Goto, Japanese game designer, created Kotoba no Puzzle: Mojipittan
  • 1973 – Danie Keulder, Namibian cricketer
  • 1973 – Miguel Mendonca, Zimbabwean journalist and author
  • 1973 – Susie O’Neill, Australian swimmer
  • 1974 – Phil Williams, English journalist and radio host
  • 1975 – Mineiro, Brazilian footballer
  • 1975 – Xu Huaiwen, Chinese-German badminton player and coach
  • 1975 – Tamás Molnár, Hungarian water polo player
  • 1976 – Reyes Estévez, Spanish runner
  • 1976 – Jay Heaps, American soccer player and coach
  • 1976 – Michael Weiss, American figure skater
  • 1976 – Sam Worthington, English-Australian actor and producer
  • 1976 – Mohammad Zahid, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1977 – Edward Furlong, American actor
  • 1977 – Mark Velasquez, American photographer
  • 1978 – Goran Gavrančić, Serbian footballer
  • 1978 – Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
  • 1978 – Deividas Šemberas, Lithuanian footballer
  • 1978 – Dragan Vukmir, Serbian footballer
  • 1979 – Marco Bonura, Italian footballer
  • 1979 – Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan runner
  • 1980 – Ivica Banović, Croatian footballer
  • 1980 – Dingdong Dantes, Filipino actor, singer, director, and producer
  • 1981 – Alexander Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial artist and boxer
  • 1981 – Tim Murtagh, English cricketer
  • 1982 – Hélder Postiga, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982 – Kerry Rhodes, American football player
  • 1982 – Grady Sizemore, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Michel Bastos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 – Kim Jung-ah, South Korean singer, dancer, and actress
  • 1984 – Britt Nicole, American singer, songwriter and producer
  • 1984 – Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer
  • 1985 – Stephen Ferris, Irish rugby player
  • 1985 – David Hart Smith, Canadian wrestler
  • 1986 – Mathieu Razanakolona, Canadian skier
  • 1987 – Csilla Borsányi, Hungarian tennis player
  • 1987 – Yura Movsisyan, Armenian footballer
  • 1988 – Rob Kwiet, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1988 – Alice Moran, Canadian actress and screenwriter
  • 1989 – Nacer Chadli, Belgian footballer
  • 1990 – Ima Bohush, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1990 – Skylar Diggins, American basketball player
  • 1991 – Evander Kane, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1992 – Charli XCX, English singer and songwriter
  • 1992 – Hallie Eisenberg, American actress
  • 1994 – Laura Pigossi, Brazilian tennis player
  • 1994 – Laremy Tunsil, American football player
  • 1995 – Kristaps Porziņģis, Latvian basketball player

 

 

 

  • Deaths on August 2
  • 216 – Gnaeus Servilius Geminus, Roman consul
  • 216 – Lucius Aemilius Paullus, Roman consul and general
  • 216 – Marcus Minucius Rufus, Roman consul
  • 257 – Pope Stephen I
  • 640 – Pope Severinus
  • 686 – Pope John V (b. 635)
  • 923 – Plegmund, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 924 – Ælfweard of Wessex (b. 904)
  • 1075 – Patriarch John VIII of Constantinople
  • 1100 – William II of England (b. 1056)
  • 1222 – Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse (b. 1156)
  • 1277 – Mu’in al-Din Sulaiman Pervane, Chancellor and Regent of the Sultanate of Rum
  • 1316 – Louis of Burgundy (b. 1297)
  • 1332 – King Christopher II of Denmark (b. 1276)
  • 1415 – Thomas Grey, conspirator against King Henry V (executed) (b. 1384)
  • 1445 – Oswald von Wolkenstein, Austrian poet and composer (b. 1376)
  • 1511 – Andrew Barton, Scottish admiral (b. 1466)
  • 1512 – Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician and philosopher (b. 1463)
  • 1546 – Peter Faber, French priest and theologian, co-founded the Society of Jesus (b. 1506)
  • 1589 – Henry III of France (b. 1551)
  • 1611 – Katō Kiyomasa, Japanese daimyo (b. 1562)
  • 1667 – Francesco Borromini, Swiss architect, designed San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant’Agnese in Agone (b. 1599)
  • 1696 – Robert Campbell of Glenlyon (b. 1630)
  • 1769 – Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician, Lord President of the Council (b. 1689)
  • 1776 – Louis François, Prince of Conti (b. 1717)
  • 1788 – Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (b. 1727)
  • 1815 – Guillaume Brune, French general and politician (b. 1763)
  • 1823 – Lazare Carnot, French mathematician, general, and politician, President of the National Convention (b. 1753)
  • 1849 – Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Ottoman Albanian commander (b. 1769)
  • 1854 – Heinrich Clauren, German author (b. 1771)
  • 1859 – Horace Mann, American educator and politician (b. 1796)
  • 1876 – “Wild Bill” Hickok, American sheriff (b. 1837)
  • 1889 – Eduardo Gutiérrez, Argentinian author (b. 1851)
  • 1890 – Louise-Victorine Ackermann, French poet and author (b. 1813)
  • 1903 – Eduard Magnus Jakobson, Estonian missionary and engraver (b. 1847)
  • 1903 – Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian and microbiologist (b. 1850)
  • 1913 – Ferenc Pfaff, Hungarian architect and academic, designed Zagreb Central Station (b. 1851)
  • 1917 – Jaan Mahlapuu, Estonian military pilot (b. 1894)
  • 1920 – Ormer Locklear, American pilot and actor (b. 1891)
  • 1921 – Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor and actor (b. 1873)
  • 1922 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-Canadian engineer, invented the telephone (b. 1847)
  • 1923 – Warren G. Harding, American journalist and politician, 29th President of the United States (b. 1865)
  • 1929 – Mae Costello, American actress (b. 1882)
  • 1934 – Paul von Hindenburg, German field marshal and politician, 2nd President of Germany (b. 1847)
  • 1937 – Artur Sirk, Estonian soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1900)
  • 1939 – Harvey Spencer Lewis, American mystic and author (b. 1883)
  • 1945 – Pietro Mascagni, Italian composer and educator (b. 1863)
  • 1955 – Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1901)
  • 1955 – Wallace Stevens, American poet and educator (b. 1879)
  • 1963 – Oliver La Farge, American anthropologist and author (b. 1901)
  • 1967 – Walter Terence Stace, English-American epistemologist, philosopher, and academic (b. 1886)
  • 1970 – Angus MacFarlane-Grieve, English academic, mathematician, rower, and soldier (b. 1891)
  • 1972 – Brian Cole, American bass player (b. 1942)
  • 1972 – Paul Goodman, American psychotherapist and author (b. 1911)
  • 1972 – Helen Hoyt, American poet and author (b. 1887)
  • 1973 – Jean-Pierre Melville, French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  • 1974 – Douglas Hawkes, English race car driver and businessman (b. 1893)
  • 1976 – László Kalmár, Hungarian mathematician and academic (b. 1905)
  • 1976 – Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1890)
  • 1978 – Carlos Chávez, Mexican composer and conductor (b. 1899)
  • 1978 – Antony Noghès, French businessman, founded the Monaco Grand Prix (b. 1890)
  • 1979 – Thurman Munson, American baseball player (b. 1947)
  • 1981 – Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (b. 1900)
  • 1983 – James Jamerson, American bassist (b. 1936)
  • 1986 – Roy Cohn, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
  • 1988 – Joe Carcione, American activist and author (b. 1914)
  • 1988 – Raymond Carver, American short story writer and poet (b. 1938)
  • 1990 – Norman Maclean, American short story writer and essayist (b. 1902)
  • 1990 – Edwin Richfield, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1921)
  • 1992 – Michel Berger, French singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1947)
  • 1996 – Michel Debré, French lawyer and politician, 150th Prime Minister of France (b. 1912)
  • 1996 – Obdulio Varela, Uruguayan footballer and manager (b. 1917)
  • 1997 – William S. Burroughs, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1914)
  • 1997 – Fela Kuti, Nigerian singer-songwriter and activist (b. 1938)
  • 1998 – Shari Lewis, American television host and puppeteer (b. 1933)
  • 1999 – Willie Morris, American writer (b. 1934)
  • 2003 – Peter Safar, Austrian-American physician and academic (b. 1924)
  • 2004 – Ferenc Berényi, Hungarian painter and academic (b. 1929)
  • 2004 – François Craenhals, Belgian illustrator (b. 1926)
  • 2004 – Heinrich Mark, Estonian lawyer and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Estonia in exile (b. 1911)
  • 2005 – Steven Vincent, American journalist and author (b. 1955)
  • 2007 – Chauncey Bailey, American journalist (b. 1950)
  • 2008 – Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese illustrator (b. 1935)
  • 2011 – José Sanchis Grau, Spanish author and illustrator (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – Gabriel Horn, English biologist and academic (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Magnus Isacsson, Canadian director and producer (b. 1948)
  • 2012 – Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – John Keegan, English historian and journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2012 – Bernd Meier, German footballer (b. 1972)
  • 2012 – Marguerite Piazza, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Mihaela Ursuleasa, Romanian pianist (b. 1978)
  • 2013 – Julius L. Chambers, American lawyer and activist (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Richard E. Dauch, American businessman, co-founded American Axle (b. 1942)
  • 2013 – Alla Kushnir, Russian–Israeli chess player (b. 1941)
  • 2013 – Mirka Yemendzakis, Greek actress, musician, voice coach, and director
  • 2014 – Ed Joyce, American journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – Billie Letts, American author and educator (b. 1938)
  • 2014 – Barbara Prammer, Austrian social worker and politician (b. 1954)
  • 2014 – James Thompson, American-Finnish author (b. 1964)
  • 2014 – Pete van Wieren, American sportscaster (b. 1944)
  • 2015 – Forrest Bird, American pilot and engineer (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Giovanni Conso, Italian jurist and politician, Italian Minister of Justice (b. 1922)
  • 2015 – Piet Fransen, Dutch footballer (b. 1936)
  • 2015 – Jack Spring, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2016 – Terence Bayler, New Zealand actor (b. 1930)
  • 2016 – David Huddleston, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2016 – Franciszek Macharski, Polish cardinal (b. 1927)
  • 2016 – Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian scientist (b. 1946)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on August 2
  • Airmobile Forces Day (Ukraine)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Basil Fool for Christ (Russian Orthodox Church)
    • Blessed Justin Russolillo
    • Eusebius of Vercelli
    • Peter Faber
    • Peter Julian Eymard
    • Pope Stephen I
    • Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula (Franciscan Order)
    • Samuel David Ferguson (Episcopal Church)
    • August 2 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Day of Azerbaijani cinema (Azerbaijan)
  • Our Lady of the Angels Day (Costa Rica)
  • Paratroopers Day (Russia)
  • Republic Day (Republic of Macedonia) 
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