August 2: Day of the Week
August 2, 2019 was the 214th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 151 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is vendredi.
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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)
- 1776The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
- 1873The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco’s famous cable car system.
- 1903Fall of the Ottoman Empire: an unsuccessful uprising led by the Internal Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Organization against Ottoman Turkey, also known as the Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising, takes place.
- 1918Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
- 1922A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people.
- 1923As vice president, Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding
- 1937The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, the effect of which is to render marijuana and all its by-products illegal.
- 1943Rebellion in the Nazi death camp of Treblinka.
- 1944ASNOM: birth of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, celebrated as Day of the Republic in the Republic of Macedonia.
- 2011Three Rapid City, South Dakota officers stop a group of suspicious people on Anamosa Street. One man pulls out a revolver and fires six shots, killing one officer, mortally wounding another, and injuring the third.
Who were born on August 2?
- 1891Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist (d. 1971)
- 1922Geoffrey Dutton, Australian author and historian (d. 1998)
- 1924James Baldwin, American writer (d. 1987)
- 1930Vali Myers, Australian painter (d. 2003)
- 1932Lamar Hunt, American sports executive (d. 2006)
- 1939Wes Craven, American film director
- 1951Freddie Wadling, Swedish singer and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet)
- 1955Caleb Carr, American novelist and military historian
- 1962Cynthia Stevenson, Canadian actress
- 1971Alice Evans, English actress
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