August 2: Day of the Week
August 2, 2020 is the 215th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 151 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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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)
- 216 BCSecond Punic War: Battle of Cannae – The Carthaginian army led by Hannibal defeats a numerically superior Roman army under command of consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.
- 1610Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean.
- 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).
- 1870Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London.
- 1916World War I: Austrian sabotage causes the sinking of the Italian battleship Leonardo da Vinci in Taranto.
- 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.
- 1943Rebellion in the Nazi death camp of Treblinka.
- 1968An earthquake hits Casiguran, Aurora, Philippines killing more than 270 people and wounding 261.
Who were born on August 2?
- 1858Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1934)
- 1878Aino Kallas, Finnish-born Estonian author (d. 1956)
- 1949Bertalan Farkas, Hungarian cosmonaut
- 1950Sue Rodriguez, Canadian assisted suicide advocate (d. 1994)
- 1961Cold 187um, American rapper (Above the Law)
- 1965Hisanobu Watanabe, Japanese baseball player and coach
- 1978Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
- 1981Aleksander Emelianenko, Russian MMA fighter, brother of Fedor Emelianenko
- 1991Evander Kane, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1992Hallie Kate Eisenberg, American actress
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