History of 2 August

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  • 1990 – Iraq invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait. Iraq claimed that Kuwait had driven down oil prices by exceeding production quotas set by OPEC.
  • 1995 – China ordered the expulsion of two U.S. Air Force officers. The two were said to have been caught spying on military sights.
  • 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 a factory explosion in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Alexander Emelianenko, Russian mixed martial artist and boxer
  • 1981 – Tim Murtagh, Irish-English cricketer
  • 1982 – Hélder Postiga, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982 – Kerry Rhodes, American football player
  • 1982 – Grady Sizemore, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Cynthia Stevenson, American actress[
  • 1983 – Michel Bastos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1984 – Giampaolo Pazzini, Italian footballer
  • 1985 – Stephen Ferris, Irish rugby player
  • 1985 – David Hart Smith, Canadian wrestler
  • 1985 – Britt Nicole, American Christian pop artist
  • 1986 – Mathieu Razanakolona, Canadian skier
  • 1988 – Rob Kwiet, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989 – Nacer Chadli, Belgian footballer
  • 1990 – Ima Bohush, Belarusian tennis player
  • 1994 – Laura Pigossi, Brazilian tennis player
  • 1994 – Laremy Tunsil, American football player
  • 1995 – Kristaps Porziņģis, Latvian basketball player
  • 1996 – Simone Manuel, American swimmer
  • 1999 – Mark Lee, Korean-Canadian singer[