Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
August 2nd

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640*Severinus ends his reign as Catholic PopeRef: 5
686*John V ends his reign as Catholic PopeRef: 5
1492*Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand & Queen IsabellaRef: 5
1552*The treaty of Passau gives religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany.Ref: 2
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) William Beale testifies before an Essex County grand jury that when he was laid up in bed sick in March, Philip English appeared to him. The next day Beale's son (James), who had been recovering from smallpox, complained of a pain in his side and later died.Ref: 21
1769*The city of Los Angeles was named on this day. Gaspar de Portola, a Spanish army captain, and Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest, stopped on their way north from San Diego. They really liked the area and decided to name it Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, which means Our Lady the Queen of the Angels of Porciuncula -- Porciuncula being a chapel in Italy.Ref: 4
1776*The parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence is signed in Philadelphia by most of the 55 members of the Continental Congress. (XDG, p 4A, 8/2/2000)Ref: 83
1787 Horace Saussure becomes first man to reach summit of Mont Blanc.Ref: 10
1802*Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed "Consul for Life" by the French Senate after a plebiscite from the French people.Ref: 2
1803*The first meeting of the Greene County court of appeals is held in a log house owned by Benjamin Whiteman, but occupied by Peter Borders. Peter Borders is granted a license to operate a tavern in Beavercreek Township. (It was near the present intersection US 35 and Factory Rd.) (XDG, p 10, 2/12/2003)Ref: 83
1823*The NY Mirror and Ladies Literary Gazette was founded. The weekly newspaper later became the daily NY Mirror.Ref: 4
1824*Fifth Avenue was opened in NY City. It became one of the most famous thoroughfares in the world, the home of many beautiful, fashionable stores.Ref: 4
1830*Dauphin Louis Antoine reigns as King of France for 15 minutes;abdicates in favor of Henri V.Ref: 10
1858*The first mailboxes were installed along the streets of Boston and NY City. The idea of mailboxes began in Belgium in 1848. We suggest that you check yours twice on this special day. And remember, mailboxes must be, as it says on the lid, “Approved by Postmaster General”!Ref: 4
1858*Government of India transferred from East India Co. to the British government.Ref: 10
1858*British Columbia constituted a British Crown Colony.Ref: 10
1877*San Francisco Public Library opens with 5000 volumesRef: 5
1880*Britain's legal system finally switches to GMT when the Statutes (Definition of Time) Act takes effect. (Ref 
1881*The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions is formed, later to be called the American Federation of Labor. 
1889*San Francisco, California is invaded by millions of crickets. 
1907*The Vatican issued the decree "Ne temere," declaring that marriages of Catholics were valid only if celebrated before a duly qualified priest and at least two witnesses.Ref: 5
1909*Army Air Corps is formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers.Ref: 50
1909*First Lincoln head pennies are minted.Ref: 5
1939*Albert Einstein sends a letter to President Roosevelt urging creation of an atomic weapons research program.Ref: 70
1939*Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers.Ref: 5
1943*Two hundred Jews escape from Treblinka extermination camp during a revolt. Nazis then hunt them down one by one.Ref: 35
1945*Fat Man bomb cases F-31 and F-32 arrive on Tinian. Fat Man assembly begins. Bombing date is set for August 11.Ref: 91
1961*St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto.Ref: 5
1964*Race riot in Jersey City NJ.Ref: 5
1972*Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London.Ref: 5
1983*US District Court begins trying Yonkers; accused of race discrimination.Ref: 5
1988*System Enhancement Assoc settles case with PKware (ARC vs PKARC)Ref: 5
1993*In a dramatic scene shown on national television, Jessica, a 2½-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle, is removed from the Michigan home of Jan and Roberta DeBoer and turned over to her biological parents, Dan and Cara Schmidt of Iowa. (XDG, p 4A, 8/02/2003)Ref: 83
1993*Great flood of 1993 peaks; St. Louis spared from devastation of rampaging Mississippi River.Ref: 10
2000*Republicans nominated TX Gov. George W. Bush for president and Dick Cheney for vice president at the party's convention in Philadelphia.Ref: 70
2002*A federal judge ruled the US government had to reveal the names of people detained in the investigation of the September 11th terrorist attacks; an appeals court later sided with the federal authorities. (XDG, p 4A, 8/02/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Pope John Paul II returned to Rome after ending an 11-day pilgrimage to Canada, Guatemala and Mexico. (XDG, p 4A, 8/02/2003)Ref: 83
2003*(Airport Security Breach) A woman brushes past security at Chicago's Midway Airport. Thousands of passengers have to be rescreened. (WSJ, p B1, 9/03/2003)Ref: 33
1791*Samuel Briggs and his son, Samuel Briggs, Jr., became the first father-son pair to receive a joint patent -- for their nail-making machine.Ref: 4
1819*The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in NY City.Ref: 2
1847*William A. Leidesdorff launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay.Ref: 2
1873*1st trial run of an SF cable car, on Clay Street between Kearny and Jones, downhill all the way, at 4AM, in a test devised by Englishman Andrew Hallidie.Ref: 2
1887*Barbed wire was patented Chester A. Hodge of Beloit, WI.Ref: 4
1934*First airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it.Ref: 5
1962*NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m.Ref: 5
1967*US's Lunar Orbiter 5 launched; enters lunar orbit Aug 5.Ref: 5
1983*STS-8 vehicle moves to launch pad.Ref: 5
1985*NASA launches space vehicle S-209.Ref: 5
1989*NASA confirms Voyager 2's discovery of 3 more moons of Neptune designated temporarily 1989 N2, 1989 N3 &1989 N24Ref: 5
1991*Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched.Ref: 5
1993*Titan IV rocket explodes over Pacific after launch losing record $800 million spy-satellite cargo.Ref: 10
-216 -BC- Hannibal Barca wins his greatest victory over the Romans at Cannae.Ref: 2
-47 -BC- Caesar defeats Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declares, "veni, vidi, vici," (I came, I saw, I conquered).Ref: 2
1553*An invading French army is destroyed at the Battle of Marciano in Italy by an imperial army.Ref: 2
1781*Despite orders from British commander in chief Clinton, Cornwallis decided that Yorktown was preferable to Old Point Comfort as a base of naval operations in the Chesapeake. 
1798*British under Adm Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile.Ref: 5
1832*Troops under General Henry Atkinson massacre Sauk Indian men, women and children who are followers of Black Hawk at the Bad Axe River in Wisconsin. Black Hawk himself finally surrenders three weeks later, bringing the Black Hawk War to an end.Ref: 2
1862*The Army Ambulance Corps is established by Maj. Gen. George McClellan.Ref: 2
1862*Union General John Pope captures Orange Court House, Virginia.Ref: 2
1867*3,000 Sioux Indians attack 32 U.S. troops at the Wagon Box Fight, but fail to defeat them. 
1903 Macedonians uprising against Turks begins; Turkey to retaliate by destroying over 100 villages.Ref: 10
1914*Germany invades Luxembourg.Ref: 2
1914*Russia invades Germany;seizes railway stations and Eydtkuhnen with little confrontation.WW1Ref: 10
1918*A British force lands in Archangel, Russia, to support White Russian opposition to the Bolsheviks.Ref: 2
1940*In Canada, Montreal mayor Camillien Houde publicly urges Quebecers to not sign up for national registration for war duty. 
1941*Jews are expelled from Hungarian Ruthenia.Ref: 5
1943*U.S. General George Patton had a bad day. He slapped and kicked U.S. Army Private C.H. Kuhl.Ref: 4
1943*A group of 15 U.S. PT-boats attempt to block Japanese convoys south of Kolombangra Island in the Solomon Islands. PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, is rammed and sunk by the Japanese Cruiser AMAGIRI, killing two and badly injuring others. The crew survives as Kennedy aids one badly injured man by towing him to a nearby atoll.Ref: 70
1943*(night) British bombers attack Hamburg, Germany again. 
1945*President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the Potsdam conference.Ref: 70
1950*The U.S. First Provisional Marine Brigade arrives in Korea from the United States.Ref: 2
1964*An American destroyer (Maddoxis) is attacked off the coast of North Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin, and U.S. aircraft attack North Vietnamese bases.Ref: 41
1965*Morley Safer's sends first Vietnam report indicating we are losing.Ref: 5
1990*Iraq invades Kuwait with 100,000 troops and takes it in under a day.Ref: 70
1375 The first roller skating rink opens (London)Ref: 5
1864*2nd Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens.Ref: 5
1906*Defeating the Red Red Sox, 3-0, the White Sox begin an American League record 19-game winning streak. The 'Hitless Wonders' streak will only be tied by the 1947 NY Yankees.Ref: 1
1907*Walter Johnson pitched his first professional baseball game for the Washington Senators losing to the Tigers, 3-2; Ty Cobb gets the first hit off of the future Hall of Famer with a bunt single. Johnson will go on to fan 3,499 batters in his career.Ref: 4
1921*(Black Sox) With the jurors lifting the men onto their shoulders, the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series are acquitted by the jury in less than three hours. The next day, Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis will say the overwhelming evidence clearly shows the Black Sox fixed the games with gamblers and all would be banned from playing professional baseball again.Ref: 1
1922*Ken Williams homers in his sixth straight game setting an American League record. The Browns left fielder's home run helps beat the Red Sox, 9-4.Ref: 1
1929*Phillies Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR.Ref: 5
1932*Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chic Cubs.Ref: 5
1934 William Franks twirls an indian club overhead 17,280 times in 1 hour.Ref: 5
1938*The yellow baseball was first used in a test by the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals in New York City. Ball players said that they had no preference for the yellow ball over the traditional white ball.Ref: 4
1959*Milwaukee Brave Bill Bruton hits 2 bases loaded triples.Ref: 5
1960*The Continental (Baseball) League disbands on promises that four of its franchises would be accepted to the NL and AL as expansion franchises.Ref: 86
1967*New Orleans Saints first pre-season game, they lose to LA Rams 16-77.Ref: 5
1968*Bob Gibson establishes a new World Series mark by striking out 17 batters as the Cardinals defeat the Tigers in Game 1 of the Fall Classic, 4-0.Ref: 1
1972*Houston Astro Cesar Cedeno hits for the cycle the Cincinnati Reds.Ref: 86
1973*Rick DeMont captured the 400-meter freestyle event in 4 minutes, 2.9 seconds at the Los Angeles Invitational Swim Meet. His coach, looking for that ultimate sound bite said, “Rick turned in the fastest time ever by an unshaven swimmer.”Ref: 4
1980 US swimmers set 3 world records at National championships.Ref: 5
1986*Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US) sets record for heptathlon (7161 pts).Ref: 5
1987 Don Brown sets flight record for handbow (1,336 yds 1'3").Ref: 5
1987*Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH).Ref: 5
1987*Royals' rookie third baseman Kevin Seitzer goes 6-for-6, including 2 home runs and 7 RBIs, in a 13-5 victory over the Red Sox.Ref: 1
1987*Cincinnati Red Eric Davis becomes 7th & earliest 30 HR 30 steal man.Ref: 5
1989*Reds' outfielder Eric Davis becomes the seventh player to join the 30-30 club as he homers in the 5-4 victory over the Giants. No one had ever accomplished the feat with still nearly two months left to play in the season.Ref: 1
1990*Joe Torre is named manager of the St Louis Cardinals.Ref: 86
1992*Rollie Fingers, Bill McGowan, Hal Newhouser and Tom Seaver were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.Ref: 4
1993*The last day that Toronto Blue Jay John Olerud would be batting .400- average dipped to a season ending .363, becoming the first ever Blue Jay to win a batting title.Ref: 86
1993*Record price paid for sports team Baltimore Orioles baseball team sold for $173m at NY auction.Ref: 10
1995*The Anaheim Angels retire coach Jimmie Reese's uniform #50. Long time coach Jimmie Reese, whose 23 years in an Angels uniform equals longest in club history is inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame. The former roommate of Babe Ruth began his career as a batboy for the Pacific Coast League's Los Angeles Angels in 1917.Ref: 1
1998 Cyclist Marco Pantani of Italy wins the Tour de France, which had been marred by a doping scandal. (XDG, p 4A, 8/02/2003)Ref: 83
2002*Reds general manager Jim Bowden is fined by commissioner Bud Selig for the comments he made to reporters prior to yesterday's game against the Dodgers comparing a baseball strike with the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Quickly realizing the use of such analogy was inappropriate and insensitive, the Cincinnati GM issues an immediate apology after the game.Ref: 1
1865 Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" published but withdrawn because bad print job.Ref: 10
1914*Fiction: Sherlock Holmes Adventure "His Last Bow" takes place.Ref: 5
1926 The first demonstration of the Vitaphone system, that combined picture and sound for movies, was held at the Warner Theatre in NY City. John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in the demonstration film for the new moving picture projector.Ref: 4
1937*Benny Goodman and his quartet recorded Smiles for Victor Records. Playing with Goodman’s clarinet on the famous song were Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa.Ref: 4
1961*Beatles perform their first gig as house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club.Ref: 5
1979*Gilda Radner Live From NY opens on Broadway.Ref: 5
1984 Charles Schulz’ award-winning comic strip is picked up by the Daily Times in Portsmouth, OH. With the addition of that paper, Peanuts, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Pigpen, Linus, Peppermint Pattie, Woodstock and the gang, became the first comic strip to appear in 2,000 newspapers.Ref: 4
1987*The 50-year-old Walt Disney movie classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, was rereleased. The film was the most popular animated film in motion picture history. It grossed almost $20 million in its first two weeks of rerelease.Ref: 4
1988*Raymond Acevedo is retired from singing group Menudo.Ref: 5
1991*Hedy Lamaar is arrested for shoplifting in LA.Ref: 5
1991*Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges.Ref: 5
1674 Phillippe II France dies.Ref: 10
1696*Mahmud I Ottoman sultan, fought Austrians & Russians, is born.Ref: 5
1721*John Manners Granby, English army officer; hero of the Seven Years' WarRef: 70
1754*Pierre Charles L’Enfant architect, engineer, Revolutionary War officer: designed the plan for city of Washington D.C.; is born.Ref: 4
1820*John Tyndall, British physicist and the first scientist to show why the sky is blue, is born.Ref: 17
1832*Henry Steel Olcott first president of Theosophical Society, is born.Ref: 5
1835*Elisha Gray, American inventor, is born.Ref: 70
1865*Irving Babbitt, scholar and founder of the modern humanistic movement, is born.Ref: 2
1866*Charles Francis Adams, American lawyer, businessman and government official, is born.Ref: 70
1867*Ernest Dowson, British poet, is born.Ref: 70
1871*John Sloan artist: South Beach Bathers; cofounder of Ashcan Art; died Sep 7, 1951Ref: 4
1878*Princess Ingeborg of Sweden, is born.Ref: 5
1884*Romulo Gallegos Venezuela, novelist (Do¤a B rbara), pres (1948), is born.Ref: 5
1891*Sir Arthur Bliss (Edward Drummond) London, composer (Olympians), is born.Ref: 5
1892*Jack L. (Leonard) Warner (Eichelbaum) movie mogul: one of Hollywood’s famed Warner Brothers, is born.Ref: 68
1892*John Kieran NYC, columnist/author (Natural History of NYC), is born.Ref: 5
1894*Westbrook Pegler, is born. 1940s journalist, columnist: anti-communist McCarthyist newspaper man and syndicated columnist: awareded Pulitzer Prize for expose on union racketeering [1940].Ref: 4
1900*Helen Morgan (Riggins) singer, actress: Frankie and Johnny, Show Boat, Applause; is born.Ref: 4
1905*Myrna Loy Montana, actress (Rebound, Emma), is born.Ref: 5
1910*Lou Zara NYC, writer (Stump the Authors), is born.Ref: 5
1912*Ann Dvorak (Anna McKim) actress: A Life of Her Own, Abilene Town, Scarface; died Dec 10, 1979Ref: 4
1914*Gary Merrill Hartford Conn, actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), is born.Ref: 5
1916*Beatrice Straight, Old Westbury NY, Academy Award-winning actress: Network [1976]; Poltergeist, Bloodline, Endless Love; Tony Award: The Crucible [1953]; is born.Ref: 5
1922*Paul Laxalt (Sen-R-Nev), is born.Ref: 5
1924*Carroll O’Connor Emmy Award-winning actor: All in the Family, is born.Ref: 17
1924*Joe Harnell conductor/arranger: Fly Me To the MoonRef: 4
1924*James Baldwin, the American essayist, novelist and playwright whose work explored racial issues, is born.Ref: 70
1925*John Dexter opera director: Mid-America Chorale, M Butterfly, Le Rossignol, The Abduction from the Seraglio, is born.Ref: 4
1926*Betsy Bloomingdale dept store mogul, is born.Ref: 5
1932*Peter O'Toole Ireland, actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), is born.Ref: 5
1932*Lamar Hunt owner of the NFL KC Chiefs, is born.Ref: 5
1934*Albert W Hall actor (Apocalypse Now), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Valery Bykovsky cosmonaut (Vostok 5, Soyuz 22, 31), is born.Ref: 5
1935*Hank Cochran songwriter: A Little Bitty Tear, Funny Way of Laughing, Make the World Go Away, I Fall to Pieces, is born.Ref: 4
1937*Garth Hudson musician: keyboard: group: The Band: Up on Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, is born.Ref: 4
1937*Dave (David) Balon hockey: NHL: NY Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Vancouver Canucks, is born.Ref: 4
1938*Yvonne Roegg Switzerland, giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1960), is born.Ref: 5
1938*Brunhilde Hendrix German FR, relay runner (Olympic-silver-1960), is born.Ref: 5
1939*Wes Craven author: A Nightmare on Elm Street; director: Vampire in Brooklyn, The People Under the Stairs, Shocker, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Swamp Thing, Summer of Fear, The Hills Have Eyes series, Last House on the Left, is born.Ref: 4
1939*Edward Patten singer: group: Gladys Knight & The Pips: is born.Ref: 4
1940*Doris Kenner Passaic NJ, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Doris Kenner-Jackson singer: group: The Shirelles: is born.Ref: 4
1942*Garth Hudson keyboardist (The Band), is born.Ref: 5
1942*Isabel Allende, author of The House of the Spirits, is born.Ref: 2
1943*Max Wright actor: ALF, Buffalo Bill, Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, White Mile, Touch and Go, Fraternity Vacation, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Tom (Thomas Henry) Burgmeier baseball: pitcher: CA Angels, KC Royals, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox [all-star: 1980], Oakland Athletics, is born.Ref: 4
1943*Kathy Lennon singer: group: The Lennon Sisters: The Lawrence Welk Show, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Joanna Cassidy [Caskey], Haddonfield NJ, actress (240 Robert), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Bob Beamon long jumper (Olympic-gold-1968 29' 2«" (8.9m)), is born.Ref: 5
1949*Bertalan Farkas first Hungarian space traveler (Soyuz 36), is born.Ref: 5
1949*James Fallows, writer and editor of U.S. News and World Report, is born.Ref: 2
1950*Kathryn Harrold Tarzewell Va, actress (MacGruder & Loud), is born.Ref: 5
1951*Andrew Gold Burbank, rocker (Lonely Boy), is born.Ref: 5
1952*Paul David Crews SC, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Roberta Wallach NYC, actress (Civil Wars), is born.Ref: 5
1956*Isabel Pantoja Spain, spanish singer (Genio y Figura), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Britt Helfer Utah, actress (Lily-Loving, Alley Cat), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Victoria Jackson actress: Saturday Night Live, is born.Ref: 4
1960*Apollonia [Patricia Kotero], Santa Monica Ca, actress (Purple Rain), is born.Ref: 5
1960*Linda Fratianne, US, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980), is born.Ref: 17
1964*Mary-Louise Parker actress: Sugartime, A Place for Annie, The Client, Bullets over Broadway, Naked in NY, Fried Green Tomatoes, Signs of Life, is born.Ref: 4
1966*Tim Wakefield baseball: pitcher: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, is born.Ref: 4
1967*Derek Wells LA CA, actor (Fitzpatricks), is born.Ref: 5
1967*Aaron Krickstein Ann Arbor, Mich, tennis player (Tel Aviv 1983), is born.Ref: 5
1973*Kia Goodwin Livingston NJ, actress (Tiffany Holloway-227), is born.Ref: 5
1977*Edward Furlong Pasedina CA, actor (John Connor-Terminator 2), is born.Ref: 5
1991 Gabriel Anthony Cohen son of Meredith Viera & Richard CohenRef: 5
257*St Stephen I ends his reign as Catholic PopeRef: 5
1075*John VIII Xiphilinus theologian/patriarch of Constantinople, dies.Ref: 5
1100*William II (Rufus) is (accidentally ?) killed while hunting in the New Forest.Ref: 68
1589*During France's religious war, a fanatical monk stabs King Henry II to death.Ref: 2
1667*Francesco Borromini, Italian Baroque architect, dies at age 67.Ref: 70
1780*(date uncertain) Etienne Bonnot Condillac, French philosopher, psychologist, logician and economist, dies at age 64.Ref: 70
1788*Thomas Gainsborough, painter ("Blue Boy"), dies.Ref: 68
1799*Jacques Etienne Montgolfier, inventor [w/brother Joseph]: hot air balloon, and paper manufacturer, dies.Ref: 4
1811*(Declaration of Independence) William Williams, merchant, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies. (TWA, 1997)Ref: 95
1849 Mehemet Ali dies.Ref: 10
1859*Horace Mann educator: the father of public education in the U.S.; founder of Westfield, MA State College; author, editor: Common School Journal, dies at age 63.Ref: 4
1876*Wild Bill (James Butler) Hickok, 39, U.S. Marshall, frontiersman, army scout, gambler, legendary marksman, is shot dead (from behind) by Jack McCall while playing poker. He held two pair, aces and eights, forever known as "the dead man's hand".Ref: 52
1887*Joseph Hayne Rainey, American politician; first African-American in the U.S. House of Representatives (1870-9), dies at age 55.Ref: 5
1911*Arabella Mansfield (Belle Aurelia Babb) (first woman admitted to legal profession in U.S.; dean of schools of art and music at DePauw University; helped found Iowa Woman Suffrage Society) dies.Ref: 4
1921*Tenor Enrico Caruso dies in Naples, Italy of pleurisy at age 48.Ref: 68
1922*Alexander Graham Bell, teacher of the deaf, inventor: telephone; founder of Bell Telephone Company, dies.Ref: 68
1923*The 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco. Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office as President of the United States.Ref: 70
1931*(date given as August, 1931) World's worst flood kills 3.7 million along China's Yellow River. (TWA, 1986)Ref: 95
1934*President Hindenburg dies at age 86. Hitler had already agreed with the Cabinet that upon Hindenburg's death the offices of President and Chancellor would be combined.Ref: 35
1936*Louis Bleriot, first man to fly an airplane across English Channel, dies.Ref: 4
1945*Pietro Mascagni, composer, dies in Rome, Italy at age 81. (Cross, Milton, "Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music", Doubleday & Co, 1953) 
1945*Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek, composer (Donna Diana), dies.Ref: 68
1955*Wallace Stevens, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: Collected Poems [1955]; dies at age 75.Ref: 4
1964*Jack Kirkwood actor (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 69.Ref: 5
1967*Claude A Barnett founded Associated Negro Press, dies at 78.Ref: 5
1972*Brian Cole rocker with the Association, dies of heroin OD at 28.Ref: 5
1976*Fritz Lang, Austrian-American motion picture director, dies.Ref: 70
1978*Totie Fields (Sophie Feldman) entertainer, comedienne: “I’ve been on a diet for two weeks and all I’ve lost is two weeks.”; dies.Ref: 5
1979*New York Yankee Captain Thurman Munson dies in a plane crash in Canton, Ohio, at age 32. His number "15" is immediatly retired.Ref: 86
1980*85 people are killed when a bomb explodes at the train station at Bologna, Italy. (XDG, p 4A, 8/2/2000)Ref: 83
1980 Donald Ogden Stewart dies.Ref: 10
1980*Donald Ogden Stewart, American playwright and actor, dies at age 85.Ref: 70
1982*Cathleen Nesbitt English actress (Seperate Tables), dies at 93.Ref: 5
1985*Frank Faylen vaudevillian, dies at 79 of pneumonia.Ref: 5
1985*137 people are killed when a Delta Air Lines jetliner crashes while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (XDG p 4A, 8/2/2000)Ref: 83
1985*5 die in a train crash in Westminster Colo.Ref: 5
1986 Roy Cohn dies.Ref: 10
1988*Raymond Carver poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50.Ref: 5
1991*Jeri Southern (Genevieve Hering) singer: You Better Go Now, When I Fall in Love, Fire Down Below; dies.Ref: 5
1995*Hurricane Erin comes ashore near Vero Beach FL killing 11 people. (XDG, p 4A, 8/2/2000)Ref: 83
1997*"Naked Lunch" author William S. Burroughs, the godfather of the Beat generation, dies in Kansas City MO, at age 83.Ref: 68
1998*Shari Lewis (Hurwitz) puppeteer: The Shari Lewis Show [featuring Lamb Chop, the puppet]; dies in Los Angeles at age 65.Ref: 4
1999*A train collision in Gaisal, India claims 286 lives. (XDG, p 4A, 8/2/2000)Ref: 83
2000*Ron Townson singer: group: The 5th Dimension: Up Up and Away, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, One Less Bell to Answer, [Last Night] I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All; dies.Ref: 4
2001*Muslim extremists seized 36 Filipinos on the southern island of Basilan and beheaded at least four.Ref: 70
2004*Character actor Eugene Roche, 75, dies of a heart attack at his Sherman Oaks home in Los Angeles CA. (XDG, p 4A, 8/03/2004)Ref: 83

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