1610 – Henry Hudson sailed into what is now known as Hudson Bay on the 2nd August 1610, thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.
1790 – The 1st US Census was conducted on the 2nd August 1790.
1870 – Tower Subway, the world’s 1st underground tube railway, opened in London, England, on the 2nd August 1870.
1916 – World War I: Austrian sabotage caused the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto on the 2nd August 1916.
1922 – A typhoon hit Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people on the 2nd August 1922.
1932 ~ Peter O’Toole the Irish actor was born in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland on the 2nd August 1932 (died 14th December 2013 aged 81). Peter O’Toole is known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) ~ Becket (1964) ~ The Night of the Generals (1967) ~ The Lion in Winter (1968) ~ Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) ~ Man of La Mancah (1972) ~ The Ruling Class (1972) ~ The Stunt Man (1980) ~ My Favorite Year (1982) ~ Troy (2004) ~ Venus (2006) and more. YouTube video: Peter O’Toole Best Movies: Retiring After Epic Career…
1934 – Adolf Hitler became the Führer of Germany on the 2nd August 1934.
1939 – Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd wrote a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt on the 2nd August 1939, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon.
1939 – Wes Craven the American director, producer, and screenwriter was born on the 2nd August 1939.
1944 – Jim Capaldi the English drummer and songwriter from Traffic was born on the 2nd August 1944 (died 2005).
1945 – Alex Jesaulenko the Australian rules footballer was born on the 2nd August 1945.
1950 ~ Graham Hancock the British writer and journalist was born on the 2nd August 1950. Graham Hancock specialises in unconventional theories involving ancient civilizations, stone monuments, megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths, astronomical and astrological data from the past. The main theme through many of his books is the possible global connection with a mother culture, from which he believes all ancient historical civilizations sprang. Graham Hancock – Why Are We Here?..
1951 – Joe Lynn Turner the American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Deep Purple was born on the 2nd August 1951.
1957 – Butch Vig the American drummer and songwriter from Garbage was born on the 2nd August 1957.
1961 – Pete de Freitas the Spanish drummer from Echo & the Bunnymen was born on the 2nd August 1961 (died 1989).
1964 – Mary-Louise Parker the American actress was born on the 2nd August 1964.
1965 ~ Andrew Blackman the Australian actor and theatre director was born in Brisbane on the 2nd August 1965. Andrew Blackman is best known as Taylor Fry’s dad Don Fry in Mortified.
1965 – Joe Hockey the Australian politician and 38th Treasurer of Australia was born on the 2nd August 1965.
1968 – An earthquake hit Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines on the 2nd August 1968, killing more than 270 people and wounding 261.
1973 – A flash fire killed 51 at the Summerland amusement centre at Douglas, Isle of Man on the 2nd August 1973.
1976 – Sam Worthington the English-Australian actor was born on the 2nd August 1976.
1980 – A bomb exploded at the railway station in Bologna, Italy on the 2nd August 1980, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.
1985 – Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar crashed at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on the 2nd August 1985, killing 137 people.
1989 – Pakistan was re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations on the 2nd August 1989, after having restored democracy for the first time since 1972.
2005 – Air France Flight 358 landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport and run off the runway on the 2nd August 2005, causing the plane to burst into flames, leaving 12 people injured.
Today in History for August 2nd ~ video presented by the Associated Press…