August 2: Day of the Week
August 2, 2023 is the 214th day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 151 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is miércoles.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
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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.
- 1377Russian troops are defeated in the Battle on Pyana River because of drunkenness.
- 1776The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.
- 1870Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London.
- 1918Japan announces that it is deploying troops to Siberia in the aftermath of World War I.
- 1918The first general strike in Canadian history takes place in Vancouver.
- 1922A typhoon hits Shantou, Republic of China killing more than 50,000 people.
- 1939Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd write a letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan project to develop a nuclear weapon.
- 1964Vietnam War: Gulf of Tonkin incident – North Vietnamese gunboats allegedly fire on the U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy.
- 1989A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.
Who were born on August 2?
- 1702Dietrich of Anhalt-Dessau, German Prince (d. 1769)
- 1891Arthur Bliss, British composer and Master of the Queen’s Music (d. 1975)
- 1924Carroll O'Connor, American actor (d. 2001)
- 1945Joanna Cassidy, American actress
- 1955Tim Dunigan, American actor
- 1963Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer
- 1970Tony Amonte, American ice hockey player
- 1976Reyes Estévez, Spanish mid-distance runner
- 1981Aleksander Emelianenko, Russian MMA fighter, brother of Fedor Emelianenko
- 1985Harry Smith, Canadian professional wrestler
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