August 2: Day of the Week
August 2, 2018 was the 214th day of the year 2018 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 151 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 2 Historical Event(s)
- 338 BCA 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.
- 1790The first US Census is conducted.
- 1798French Revolutionary Wars: the Battle of the Nile concludes in a British victory.
- 1830Charles X of France abdicates the throne in favor of his grandson Henri.
- 1869Japan’s samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system (Shinōkōshō) is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms. (Traditional Japanese date: June 25, 1869).
- 1897Anglo-Afghan wars: The Siege of Malakand ends when a relief column is able to reach the British garrison in the Malakand region of colonial India’s North West Frontier Province.
- 1939Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan project to develop a nuclear weapon.
- 1944ASNOM: birth of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, celebrated as Day of the Republic in the Republic of Macedonia.
- 1989A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.
- 1990Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.
Who were born on August 2?
- 1858Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1934)
- 1865John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (d. 1955)
- 1939Benjamin Barber, American political theorist
- 1939John W. Snow, American 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury
- 1955Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
- 1955Tony Godden, English footballer
- 1961Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
- 1975Xu Huaiwen, Chinese-born German badminton player
- 1979Reuben Kosgei, Kenyan middle- and long-distance runner
- 1980Ugur Rifat Karlova, Turkish TV and stage entertainer
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