History of 2 August


History of 2 August

1921 – Eight White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.

1926 – John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the first showing of the Vitaphone system. The system was the combining of picture and sound for movies.

1938 – Bright yellow baseballs were used in a major league baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was hoped that the balls would be easier to see.

1939 – Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the U.S. to have an atomic weapons research program.

1939 – U.S. President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act. The act prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.

1943 – The U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.

1945 – The Allied conference at Potsdam was concluded.

1964 – The Pentagon reported the first of two North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

1983 – U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagon on November 2.

1987 – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was re-released. The film was 50 years old at the time of its re-release.

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.

2018 – Apple Inc. became the first U.S. company to be valued at over $1 trillion.

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 – Golden Tate, American football player
  • 1988 – Rob Kwiet, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989 – Nacer Chadli, Belgian footballer
  • 1990 – Ima Bohush, a Belarusian tennis player
  • 1994 – Laura Pigossi, a Brazilian tennis player
  • 1994 – Laremy Tunsil, American football player
  • 1995 – Kristaps Porzingis, Latvian basketball player
  • 2000 – Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepalese cricketer