On This Day..... August 2

AUGUST 2ND

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY

BIRTHDAYS:

  • SHIMON PERES (1923-2016)
  • CARROLL O’CONNOR (1924-2001)
  • JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987)
  • PETER O’TOOLE (1932-2013)
  • WES CRAVEN (1939-2015)
  • JUDGE LANCE ITO (1950, 68)
  • VICTORIA JACKSON (1959, 59)
  • MARY LOUISE PARKER (1964, 54)
  • TIM WAKEFIELD (1966, 52)
  • KEVIN SMITH (1970, 48)
  • SAM WORTHINGTON (1976, 42)
  • EDWARD FURLONG (1977, 41)
  • GRADY SIZEMORE (1982, 36)
  • LISA SIMPSON (1984, 8)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1552, EMPEROR CHARLES V SIGNS THE TREATY OF PASSAU WHICH ACCEPTS THE EXISTANCE OF THE LUTHERAN RELIGION
  • IN 1610, HENRY HUDSON DISCOVERS HUDSON BAY
  • IN 1776, 56 PEOPLE FORMALLY SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
  • IN 1791, SAMUEL BRIGGS PATENTS A MACHINE TO MAKE NAILS
  • IN 1802, NAPOLEON IS DELCARED “CONSUL FOR LIFE”
  • IN 1819, THE FIRST RECREATIONAL PARACHUTE JUMP IS UNDERTAKEN IN THE U.S.
  • IN 1832, THE BLACK HAWK WAR ENDS WITH THE BATTLE OF BAD AXE IN WISCONSIN IN WHICH THE ILLINOIS MILITIA DECIMATE THE SAUK AND FOX NATIVE AMERICAN TROOPS
  • IN 1858, THE FIRST AMERICAN MAILBOXES ARE INSTALLED IN BOSTON AND NEW YORK
  • IN 1864, THE SARATOGA RACE COURSE, THE NATION’S OLDEST HORSE TRACK, OPENS
  • IN 1865, LEWIS CARROLL PUBLISHES “ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND”
  • IN 1875, THE WORLD’S FIRST ROLLER SKATING RINK OPENS IN LONDON
  • IN 1876, “WILD BILL” HICKOK IS SHOT AND KILLED FROM BEHIND BY JACK MCCALL DURING A POKER GAME AT 39. HIS CARDS, TWO ACES AND TWO 8’S ARE NOW KNOWN AS “THE DEAD MAN’S HAND”
  • IN 1880, THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT FORMALLY IMPLEMENTS GREENWICH MEAN TIME
  • IN 1887, ROWELL HODGE PATENTS BARBED WIRE
  • IN 1982, CHARLES WHEELER PATENTS THE ESCALATOR
  • IN 1909, THE FIRST LINCOLN PENNIES ARE MINTED
  • IN 1909, THE WRIGHT BROTHERS DELIVER THEIR FIRST PLANES TO THE ARMY, WHICH CREATES THE ARMY AIR CORPS DIVISION
  • IN 1914, GERMAN PRESS FALSELY REPORTS THAT FRANCE HAS BOMBED NUREMBURG, JUSTIFYING AN ATTACK ON FRANCE. AS GERMAN TROOPS MOVE THROUGH LUXEMBOURG AND SIGN AN ALLIANCE WITH TURKEY, BRITAIN BEGINS MOBILIZING. RUSSIA ALSO INVADES EASTERN PRUSSIA
  • IN 1918, JAPAN SENDS TROOPS TO SIBERIA IN THE AFTERMATH OF WORLD WAR I
  • IN 1921, A CHICAGO JURY FINDS THE BLACK SOX NOT GUILTY, BUT EIGHT PLAYERS ARE BANNED FOR LIFE FROM MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
  • IN 1922, A TYPHOON KILLS 60,000 IN CHINA
  • IN 1922, ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL DIES OF DIABETES AT 75
  • IN 1923, PRESIDENT WARREN G. HARDING HAS A HEART ATTACK AND DIES AT 57
  • IN 1927, PRESIDENT COOLIDGE ANNOUNCES HE WILL NOT RUN FOR ANOTHER TERM
  • IN 1928, BENITO MUSSOLINI ENTERS ITALY INTO A PEACE TREATY WITH ETHIOPIA
  • IN 1934, ADOLF HITLER RISES TO COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE GERMAN ARMY AFTER PRESIDENT PAUL VON HINDENBURG DIES OF LUNG CANCER AT 86
  • IN 1937, THE MARIJUANA TAX ACT OF 1937 MAKES MARIJUANA AND ALL OF ITS BY-PRODUCTS ILLEGAL IN THE U.S.
  • IN 1939, THE HATCH ACT PROHIBITS POLITICAL ACTIVITY BY FEDERAL WORKERS
  • IN 1940, CHARLES DE GAULLE IS SENTENCED TO DEATH BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT FOR LEADING A RESISTANCE GROUP AGAINST THE FRENCH SURRENDER TO GERMANY
  • IN 1943, JOHN F. KENNEDY’S PT BOAT 109 SINKS AT THE SOLOMON ISLANDS
  • IN 1945, AFTER THREE DAYS FLOATING AT SEA, THE 316 SURVIVORS OF THE USS INDIANAPOLIS ARE FOUND AND RESCUED
  • IN 1945, THE POTSDAM CONFERENCE BETWEEN JOSEPH STALIN, HARRY TRUMAN AND WINSTON CHURCHILL COMES TO A CLOSE
  • IN 1952, 17 YEAR OLD FLOYD PATTERSON WINS THE GOLD MEDAL FOR BOXING AT THE HELSINKI OLYMPICS WITH A FIRST ROUND
  • IN 1957, BUDDY HOLLY PEAKS AT #2 WITH “THAT’LL BE THE DAY”
  • IN 1964, NORTH VIETNAM FIRES ON AN AMERICAN SHIP IN THE GULF OF TONKIN WHICH WOULD EVENTUALLY LEAD TO OFFICIAL U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN THE VIETNAM
  • IN 1965, MORLEY SAFER REPORTS FROM VIETNAM AND GIVES THE FIRST INDICATION IN AMERICAN PRESS THAT THE U.S. IS LOSING THE WAR
  • IN 1967, THE NO SAINTS AND LA RAMS PLAY THE FIRST EVER NFL PRE-SEASON GAME
  • IN 1967, NORMAN JEWISON RELEASES “IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT”
  • IN 1968, THE DOORS HIT #1 WITH “HELLO, I LOVE YOU”
  • IN 1969, BOB DYLAN MAKES A SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT HIS HS 10 YEAR REUNION
  • IN 1969, PRESIDENT NIXON VISITS ROMANIA
  • IN 1970, POLICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND BEGIN USING “RUBBER BULLETTS”
  • IN 1973, GEORGE LUCAS RELEASES “AMERICAN GRAFFITI”
  • IN 1975, THE EAGLES HIT #1 WITH “ONE OF THESE NIGHTS”
  • IN 1975, NEW BEDFORD SETS A MASSACHUSETTS RECORD AT 107 DEGREES
  • IN 1979, NY YANKEE THURMON MUNSON DIES IN A PLANE CRASH AT 32
  • IN 1982, ABC DEBUTS “ROGER EBERT’S MOVIE NEWS”
  • IN 1983, THE CITY OF YONKERS GOES ON TRIAL FOR RACE DISCRIMINATION
  • IN 1985 137 PEOPLE DIE WHEN DELTA FLIGHT L-1011 CRASHES AT DALLAS AIRPORT
  • IN 1986, ROY COHN DIES OF AIDS AT 59
  • IN 1986, PETER CETARA HITS #1 WITH “THE GLORY OF LOVE” FROM “THE KARATE KID”
  • IN 1990, IRAQ INVADES AND OCCUPIES KUWAIT. PRESIDENT BUSH ORDERS TROOPS DEPLOYED TO SAUDI ARABIA IN PREPARATION FOR WAR
  • IN 1991, RICK JAMES IS ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF SEXUAL TORTURE FOR HOLDING 24 YEAR OLD FRANCES ALLEY HOSTAGE FOR SIX DAYS, TYING HER UP AND FORCING SEXUAL ACTS ON HER WHILE BURNING HER LEGS AND ABS WITH A CRACK PIPE
  • IN 1994, CONGRESS BEGINS HEARINGS ON WHITE WATER
  • IN 1994, HOWARD STERN’S RUN FOR NY GOVERNOR IS DEALT A BLOW WHEN THE NY SUPREME COURT ORDERS THAT HIS FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE IS REQUIRED TO RUN
  • IN 1996, THE “DREAM TEAM” WINS U.S. GOLD IN BASKETBALL AT THE OLYMPICS
  • IN 1997, KELSEY GRAMMER WEDS PLAYBOY PLAYMATE CAMILLE DONATACCI
  • IN 1998, SHARI LEWIS DIES AT 64
  • IN 1999, M. NIGHT SHAYMALAN DEBUTS “THE SIXTH SENSE”
  • IN 2008, STEPHANIE MEYER RELEASES THE FOURTH TWILIGHT BOOK “BREAKING DAWN”
  • IN 2012, MICHAEL PHELPS BECOMES THE FIRST PERSON TO WIN THREE CONSECUTIVE GOLD MEDALS FOR THE 200M INDIVIDUAL SWIM AT THE LONDON OLYMPICS
  • IN 2017, THE CRISPR PROJECT SUCCEEDS IN THE FIRST EVER GENE EDITING IN A HUMAN EMBRYO TO CORRECT MUTATIONS THAT CAUSE DISEASE
  • IN 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP SIGNS LEGISLATION WRITTEN BY CONGRESS WHICH IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA AND LIMITING HIS ABILITY TO LIFT THEM
  • IN 2017, BRITISH PRINCE PHILLIP RETIRES FROM PUBLIC LIFE AT 96

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