ON THIS DAY: August 2, 2017

August 2 is

Albariño (wine) Day

Coloring Book Day

Earth Overshoot Day *

Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Take a Penny/Leave a Penny Day


MORE! Horatio Nelson, Isabelle Allende and Sidney Poitier, click



Barbados – Bridgetown: Crop Over Week
(cane harvest festival)

Costa Rica – Virgen de los Angeles
(Patron Saint- Our Lady of the Angeles)

Macedonia – Ilinden and Republic Day **

Spain – Ibiza: Amnesia Ibiza Fest (Wk 6)

Sri Lanka – Kandy: Dalada Maligawa
(Buddha’s Tooth Festival)


On This Day in HISTORY

338 BC – Phillip II’s Macedonian army defeats combined forces of Athens and Thebes

216 BC – Hannibal’s Carthaginian army wins Battle of Cannae against Romans

1343 – Breton War of Succession: After her husband is beheaded for treason after a trial where no evidence against him is publicly demonstrated, Jean de Clisson outfits three ships, all black-hulled with red sails, naming her flagship My Revenge. She forms an alliance with the English as a privateer, becomes ‘the Lioness of Brittany’ and gains a reputation for decapitating captured French nobles, in her quest to be avenged against French King Phillip VI and her husband’s accuser, Charles de Blois

1610 – Henry Hudson sails into the bay which will be named after him

1754 – Pierre-Charles L’Enfant born in France, American engineer, architect and city planner; initial designer of Washington DC

1775 – Josè Angel Lamas born, Venezuelan composer

1776 – Continental Congress delegates begin signing the Declaration of Independence

1790 – The first U.S. census begins

1798 – British Royal Navy under Horatio Nelson defeats Napoleon in Battle of the Nile

1824 – Fifth Avenue is opened in New York City

1834 – Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi born, French sculptor; Statue of Liberty designer

1835 – Elisha Gray born, co-founder of Western Electric Manufacturing Company; develops a telephone prototype

1858 – Sir Arthur Bliss, English composer-conductor – for classical orchestral, ballet and films; BBC Director of Music during WWII; 1950s Master of the Queen’s Music

1858 – The first mailboxes are installed along streets in Boston and New York City

1858 – Catharina van Rennes born, Dutch composer and music educator; composed music for the International Alliance meeting of the Woman’s Suffrage movement

1866 – Charles Francis Adams III (“Deacon”) born, Massachusetts Historical Society president, heads campaign to restore the USS Constitution and open her to the public; skipper of 1920 America’s Cup defender Resolute; U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1929-1933); great-grandson of John Quincy Adams

1869 – Japan’s Shinōkōshō class system is abolished during Mejii Restoration

1870 – Tower Subway, world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London

1871 – John French Sloan born, American painter, etcher and lithographer

Sunday, Women Drying Their Hair, by John French Sloan – 1912 

1873 – Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating first cable car line in San Francisco

1876 – “Wild Bill” Hickok is shot dead while playing poker in a Deadwood, SD saloon

1878 – Aino Kallas born, notable Finnish-Estonian author, who wrote in both Finnish and English

1884 – Romulo Gallegos born, Venezuelan novelist and politician; first cleanly-elected president of Venezuela in its history (1947), but only served from February to November 1948, then overthrown by a military coup d’état and went into exile until 1958, when he was awarded Venezuela’s National Literature Prize for La doncella

1887 – Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

1892 – Charles Wheeler patents the first escalator

1896 – Sarah Tilghman Hughes born, American federal judge, first woman to swear in a U.S. President, Lyndon Johnson, after John F. Kennedy was assassinated

Sarah T. Hughes with LBJ

1903 – The Ilinden *–Preobrazhenie Uprising against the Ottoman Empire begins

1907 – Mary Hamman born, American writer and editor, worked for LIFE magazine

1918 – Canada’s first general strike begins in Vancouver BC

1923 – V.P. Calvin Coolidge becomes U.S president when Warren G. Harding dies

President Calvin Coolidge, wearing a black mourning armband, two days
after the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding on August 2, 1923

1924 – James Baldwin is born, author and playwright; The Fire Next Time

1925 – John Dexter born, distinguished British stage and opera director at the National Theatre, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York

1929 – Fats Waller records “Ain’t Misbehavin”

1932 – American Carl D. Anderson discovers the positron (the electron antiparticle)

1934 – Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany

1937 – The Marihuana Tax Act effectively renders marijuana illegal

1939 – Albert Einstein signs letter to FDR urging U.S. atomic weapons research

1942 – Isabelle Allende born, Chilean ‘magic realist’ author; widely read Spanish language author of The House of the Spirits

1943 – Jewish uprising fails at Nazi Treblinka extermination camp

1944 – The Republic * of Macedonia is declared

1955 – The USSR tests a nuclear device in Kazakhstan

1962 – Robert Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan

1964 – North Vietnamese may have fired on USS Maddox in Gulf of Tonkin

1967 – In the Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger premieres

1972 – The price of gold reaches a new record of $70 an ounce in London

1989 – Pakistan is re-admitted to Commonwealth of Nations after democracy restored

1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait, and President George H.W. Bush orders U.S. troops to Saudi Arabia

1999 – The Sixth Sense premieres, starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment

2006 – The first Earth Overshoot Day * is launched in October by the New Economics Foundation, now co-sponsored by the Global Footprint Network; the day when humanity’s demand on the planet’s ecological resources exceeds what the Earth will generate in that year, creating an ever-growing deficit in resources, and an escalating excess of waste byproducts, such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In 2017, today is the day we exceed this year’s resources

2007 – Mattel recalls almost a million Chinese-made toys because of lead contaminants

2011 – President Obama signs legislation to avert an unprecedented national default

2016 – The U.S. Military announces an ongoing airstrike campaign against ISIS, focusing on Sirte in Libya, with the approval of the Libyan ‘unity government’, one of the three competing governments claiming to be Libya’s legitimate government


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6 Responses to ON THIS DAY: August 2, 2017

  1. Malisha says:

    My FAVORTE Fats Waller song is “Your Feet’s Too Big” and I used to sing it to my son when he was an infant. “You got me walkin’ talkin’ and-a-squawkin’ ’cause your feets…too…BIG!”

    • wordcloud9 says:

      LOL –

      As a child, I did take a small bite of red crayon, and gave it a couple of chews – then I spit and spit and spit trying to get all the nasty little pieces out – my mom had 5 seconds of panic when she thought I was bleeding, and then she cleaned me up, and banished me to my room until suppertime.

      Only someone with no taste buds, or who was starving to death would eat more than one crayon.

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