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1987chris johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am

1999"The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres

1982Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season

1981Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

1991Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

1934Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces

1940Clermont-Ferrand sentences Gen Charles de Gaulle to death

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

1802Napoleon declared "Consul for Life"

1907Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington & loses 3-2 to Detroit

1782George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction

1945Potsdam Conference ended, with Stalin, Truman & Churchill

1964Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open

1798British under Admiral Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile

1969US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

1973George Brett gets his 1st hit

1998San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl

1932Carl David Anderson discovers and photographs a positron (positive electron), the first known antiparticle

1865Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

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

1928Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

1969Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion

August 2nd Historical Events
Date Event
338
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
Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae - Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats numerically superior Roman army under command consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro. 
BC
AD
257
St Stephen I ends his reign as Catholic Pope 
1057
Frederik van Lotharingen elected as 1st Belgium Pope Stephen IX [X] 
1100
King William II of England (William Rufus) is killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest. 
1542
French troops leave Flanders 
1552
Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion 
1578
Battle of Rijmenam 
1581
Leiden University names Snellius math professor 
1610
Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay 
1665
French expedition against Barbarians in Tunis/Algiers 
1695
Daniel Quare receives a British patent for his portable barometer 
1701
Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk 
1704
Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim 
1718
Austrian joins Triple Alliance 
1738
France offers emperor Karel VI mediation in war against Turkey 
1776
Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people 
1782
George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction 
1786
Utrechtse Vroedschap flees 
1787
Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc 
1790
1st US census (population of 3,939,214; 697,624 are slaves) is conducted. 
1791
Samuel Briggs & his son, patent nail-making machine 
1798
British under Admiral Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile 
1802
Napoleon declared "Consul for Life" 
1819
1st parachute jump in US 
1830
Charles X of France abdicates in favour of his grandson the Duc de Bordeaux 
1831
Ten day campaign begins, Dutch army occupies Belgium 
1832
Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin: 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sauk & Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War in the US 
1858
1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets 
1858
Government of India transferred from East India Company to Crown 
1861
Skirmish at Dug Springs, MI 
1864
2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens 
1865
Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" 
1865
Trans Atlantic Cable being laid by SS Great Eastern snaps & is lost 
1870
Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London. 
1873
1st trial run of SF cable car, Clay Street between Kearny & Jones 
1875
1st roller skating rink opens (London) 
1877
SF Public Library opens with 5,000 volumes 
1880
British Parliament officially adopts Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) 
1884
Dutch Queen Emma appointed regent 
1887
Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire 
1892
Charles A Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator 
1894
Death duties 1st introduced in Britain 
1894
Dutch Society for Women Suffrage gets royal charter 
1903
Unsuccessful uprising of Macedonians against Turkey 
1906
Chicago White Sox begin AL record 19 game win streak 
1907
Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington & loses 3-2 to Detroit 
1909
1st Lincoln head pennies minted 
1909
Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers 
1911
Haiti's dictator Simon flees on US warship near Jamaica 
1912
18th US Golf Open: John McDermott shoots a 294 at CC of Buffalo NY 
1914
Belgian government receives German ultimatum 
1914
German press falsely reports that French bombed Nuremberg 
1914
German troops overthrows Luxembourg 
1914
Germany & Turkey sign secret treaty of alliance 
1914
Great Britain mobilizes 
1914
Postdam Conference ended 
1914
Russian troops invade Eastern Prussia 
1914
Sherlock Holmes Adventure "His Last Bow" 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. 
1920
Marcus Garvey presents his "Back To Africa" program in NYC 
1921
Chicago jury brings in not guilty verdict against the Black Sox 
1922
China, hit by a typhoon; about 60,000 die 
1924
Joe Hauser sets record of 14 total bases in a game 
1928
Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia) 
1929
Phillies Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR 
1931
Spanish Catalonia agrees (99+%) for autonomous status 
1932
Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs 
1932
The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson. 
1932
Carl David Anderson discovers and photographs a positron (positive electron), the first known antiparticle 
1934
1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it 
1934
Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces 
1934
William Franks twirls an indian club overhead 17,280 times in 1 hour 
1937
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal. 
1938
1st test of a yellow baseball (Dodgers vs Cardinals) 
1939
Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers 
1940
Clermont-Ferrand sentences Gen Charles de Gaulle to death 
1940
KL-House of saxon & commandos focus on Gross Rosen, Silesia 
1941
German 11st Army surrounds 20 Russian divisions at Oeman 
1941
Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia 
1942
250 Dutch Catholic Jews arrested, transported to Amersfoort camp 
1942
Col-Gen Hoth' Panzer army reaches Kotelnikovo 
1943
Armed revolt breaks out in Treblinka 
1943
Lt John F Kennedy's PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands 
1943
RAF bombs Hamburg 
1943
Sunderland seaplanes sinks U-706 & U-106 
1943
Uprising at Treblinka Concentration Camp (crematorium destroyed) 
1944
Amsterdam soccer team "The Volewijckers" plays in orange shirts 
1944
Jewish survivors of Kovono Ghetto emerge from their bunker 
1944
Turkey breaks diplomatic relationship with nazi-Germany 
1945
Potsdam Conference ended, with Stalin, Truman & Churchill 
1953
Betty Jack Davis, singer (w/Skeeter Davis), killed in car crash 
1953
KCPQ TV channel 13 in Tacoma-Seattle, WA (IND) begins broadcasting 
1954
Tahar Ben Ammar appointed premier of Tunisia 
1955
USSR performs nuclear test 
1958
Jordan & Iraq disolve their Arab Federation, after 3 months 
1959
41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis GC 
1959
Milwaukee Brave Bill Bruton hits 2 bases loaded triples 
1959
SF Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 HRs 
1961
Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club 
1961
Cyrille Adula becomes premier of Congo 
1961
St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto 
1962
NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m 
1963
30th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 20, Green Bay 17 (65,000) 
1964
Dutch government gives Indonesia export guarantees 
1964
Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open 
1964
North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in Gulf of Tonkin 
1964
Race riot in Jersey City NJ 
1965
Morley Safer's sends 1st Vietnam report indicating we are losing 
1966
Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting 
1967
New Orleans Saints 1st pre-season game, they lose to LA Rams 16-77 
1967
US's Lunar Orbiter 5 launched; enters lunar orbit Aug 5 
1967
The second Blackwall Tunnel opens in Greenwich, London. 
1968
35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917) 
1969
Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion 
1969
US President Richard Nixon visits Romania 
1970
Baltimore defeats KC 10-8, Orioles 23rd straight win over the Royals 
1970
France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island 
1970
Rubber bullets used for the first time in Northern Ireland during 'The Troubles' 
1972
Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London 
1973
George Brett gets his 1st hit 
1975
104°F (40°C) at Providence, Rhode Island (state record) 
1975
107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record) 
1979
"Broadway Opry '79" closes at St James Theater NYC after 6 perfs 
1979
Gilda Radner Live From New York opens on Broadway 
1980
Fascist bomb attack on Bologna Italy train station, 86 killed 
1980
US swimmers set 3 world records at National championships 
1981
Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs 
1981
Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic 
1982
Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season 
1982
Roger Ebert's Movie News premieres on ABC FM network 
1983
STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad 
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 
1985
NASA launches space vehicle S-209 
1986
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US) sets record for heptathlon (7161 pts) 
1986
TODAY/PC born today 
1986
Saddam Hussein offers peace in open letter to Iran 
1987
25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1) 
1987
chris johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am 
1987
Cin Red Eric Davis becomes 7th & earliest 30 HR 30 steal man 
1987
Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1'3") 
1987
Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season 
1987
Kevin Seitzer (KC Royals), gets 6 hits in one baseball game 
1987
Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH) 
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) 
1989
NASA confirmed Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 & 1989 N24 
1990
Iraq invades & occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia 
1990
Yankees rookie Kevin Maas hits his 10th home run in just 77 at bats 
1990
US President George H. W. Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia 
1991
Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges 
1991
Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA 
1991
Mike Jeffcoat is 1st AL pitcher to get an RBI since 1972 
1991
Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched 
1992
"Death & the Maiden" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 159 perfs 
1992
Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Welch's Golf Classic 
1992
Tom Seaver, R Fingers, Hal Newhouser, & B McGowan enter Hall of Fame 
1993
NYC radio (WFAN) personality Don Imus' lung collapes 
1993
Peter Angelos & William DeWitt purchase Orioles 
1993
Train crash in tunnel at Vega de Anzo Spain, 12 killed 
1993
Shamrock Broadcasting, a Disney company, officially takes ownership of Cleveland's WMMS-FM/100.7 & WHK-AM/1420 
1994
Congressional hearings begin on White Water 
1994
Explosion in lead/zinc mine in Guangxi China, 120+ killed 
1994
NY Supreme Court refuses Howard Stern's non financial disclosure 
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 so the royal Family 
1998
26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton 
1998
30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US) 
1998
San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl 
1999
"The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres 
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 
2016
New Texas gun control law allows concealed guns on campus 
2016
US launches air strikes on IS in Libya 
2017
Senate confirms Christopher Wray to succeed James Comey as head of FBI 
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