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August 2 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 2. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 42 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 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
    Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae: The Carthaginian army led by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.
  • 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
    Olivier de Clisson is found guilty of treason and beheaded at Les Halles in Paris. As a result, his wife, Jeanne de Clisson, sold their holding, bought a fleet of ships, and took to the sea as a pirate to seek revenge against King Philip VI of France and the nobility.
  • 1377
    Russian troops are defeated in the Battle on Pyana River.
  • 1610
    Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.
  • 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 samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system (Shinōkōshō) is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms. (Traditional Japanese date: June 25, 1869).
  • 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 adjacent to India’s North West Frontier Province.
  • 1903
    Fall of the Ottoman Empire: An unsuccessful uprising led by the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization against Ottoman Turkey, also known as the Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising, takes place.
  • 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
    Rebellion in the Nazi death camp of Treblinka.
  • 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.

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