2nd August events and timeline

What happened on 2 August? History and famous personalities

02 August is the day of remembrance in history. Some major events and famous personalities are highlighted in the blog.

History- International 


2018 – Apple becomes the first American company

On August 2, 2018, Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value, becoming the first publicly traded company in the U.S. to reach 13 figures in terms of market value.

1980 – Bologna Terrorist Bomb

On August 2, 1980, a bomb planted by right-wing terrorists in a waiting room exploded in Bologna railway station killing over 70 people and injuring more than 200 people.

1955 – China-US Prisoners to be released

On August 2, 1955, after spending 32 months in a Chinese prison, eleven U.A. military airmen, who the Chinese accused of spying, were to be released in Hong Kong.

1929 – U.S.A. Drought Conditions

On August 2, 1929, a heatwave and near-drought conditions occurred in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Western Missouri. The temperature was over 100 degrees and in Kansas, it reached 107 degrees which was the hottest temperature ever recorded.

1985 – U.S.A. Jumbo Jet Plane Crash

On August 2, 1985, a Delta Air Lines jumbo jet crashed during a thunderstorm on its final destination to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. This explosion killed more than 130 people.

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Births – International 

Composer Anthony Payne

On August 2, 1936, Anthony Payne, an English composer was born. He was famous for the work published as “Edward Elgar: The Sketches for Symphony No. 3”.

Writer Isabel Allende

On August 2, 1942, Isabel Allende, a Chilean writer was born. She is known for novels such as “The House of the Spirits” and “City of the Beasts” and has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author”.

Cricketer Eddie Fuller

On August 2, 1931, Eddie Fuller, a South African cricketer was born. He played 7 Tests and was the most successful South African bowler in the match.

Actor Peter O’Toole

Born on August 2, 1932, Peter O’Toole, a British stage and film actor of Irish descent was born. He was nominated for an Oscar and was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award. He was listed at number 4 on Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors.

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History – Indian


2006 – Child Labour banned

On August 2, 2006, India banned children under the age of 14 from working as domestic servants or at hotels, tea shops, restaurants and resorts. The labour ministry said the ban would inherit effect from October 10.

2000 – Damage by flood

On August 2, 2000, rain in Tibet flooded the Sutlej River in India and drowned at least 107 people in Himachal Pradesh state.

1999 – The Gaisal Train Disaster

On August 1999, The Brahmputra Mail train from Gauhati collided with the Awadh-Assam Express from New Delhi at Gaisan Station. Over 285 people were killed and 1000 people were injured.

1989 – Tamil civilians killed

On August 2, 1989, a massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka. 64 Tamil civilians were killed by Indian forces in Valvettithurai.

1858 – Government of India Act 1858

On August 2, 1858, The Government of India Act 1858 was an Act of the British parliament that transferred the government of the East India Company to the British Crown.

Births – Indian

Actor Ruslaan Mumtaz

On August 2, 1982, Ruslaan Mumtaz, an Indian film and television actor was born. He appeared in movies, television shows as well as web series.

Actress Yuvika Chaudhary

On August 2, 1983, Yuvika Chaudhary, an Indian actress was born. She appeared in many Bollywood films and was a contestant in Colors TV’s reality show Bigg Boss 9.

Cricketer Arshad Ayub

On August 2, 1958, Arshad Ayub a former Indian cricketer was born. He became the manager for the Indian Cricket Team for the series held in Bangladesh and also the president of HCA.

Novelist Gyan Chaturvedi

On August 2, 1952, Gyan Chaturvedi an Indian writer and satirist was born. He was known for his satirist novels. He was honoured by the Government of India in 2015 with Padma Shri.

Singer Devi Sri Prasad

On August 2, 1979, Devi Sri Prasad, an Indian music composer, lyricist, singer, and director was born. He is best known for his works in the cinema of South India and has composed music for more than 100 films. He has won eight Film fare Awards.

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