This Day in History- August 2

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Have you wondered how many times August 2 occurred in history? Uncountable times! Now imagine the number of events that happened on this day in the past and the number of events that will happen on this day in the future. History is a never-ending subject that only gets vast as time passes. Let’s unravel all the events that happened on this day in history – August 2.

What Happened Around the World on August 2?

1952- Floyd Patterson wins gold medal
Floyd Patterson was a 17-year-old teenager who won the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games.

1959- Willie McCovey hits 521 home runs
1st baseman Willie McCovey became the first to hit 521 home runes against Pittsburgh Pirates

Credits: MLB

1961- The Beatles performs as the house band
The Beatles were one of the most popular bands. On August 2, they performed for the first time as the house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club

1967- “In the Heat of the Night” hits theaters
The novel turned movie, In the heat of the night directed by Norman Jewison was a superhit movie of 1968. It was released on August 2 and is based on John Ball’s novel. 

1973- “American Graffiti” premiered in Switzerland
Comedy-drama America Graffiti featuring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard and directed by George Lucas was premiered at Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

1980- Teofilo Stevenson wins gold medal
Teofilo Stevenson was a super heavy weightlifter who won 3 Olympic gold medals in the same category.

1989- 3 moons discovered by NASA
On August 2, NASA confirmed 3 more moons of Neptune with the help of Voyager 2.

1999- “The Sixth Sense” released on August 2
The sixth sense based on a supernatural psychological thriller was a blockbuster and released on this day. It starred Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment.

Credits: N.B.

2008- “Breaking Dawn” published
The twilight saga is one of the most loved novels of all time. It was 4th book of the series that was published on this day. It was written by Stephenie Meyer and published by Little Brown.

2017- Prince Philip retires
UK Prince Philip takes retirement from all public appearances and makes his solo public appearance on this day. 

2018- Tik Tok merges with Musical.ly
Tik Tok was banned in various countries and then later merged with Muscial.ly and becomes available worldwide. 

2019- Ed Sheeran Tour becomes highest-grossing tour
The shape of you, singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour becomes the most attended and highest-grossing tour of all time.

Credits: Good Morning America

Famous Birthdays

1924 – James Baldwin
James Baldwin is an American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist popular for his short movies was born on this day in history.

1942- Isabel Allende
The author of The House of the Spirits, City of the Beasts was born in Peru on August 2.

1969- Richard Hallebeek
The Dutch guitarist started playing from the age of 10 and is popular worldwide was born in Amsterdam.

Credits: Richard Hallebeek

1983 – Nick Diaz
The famous MMA player who has won and competed in the various competition was born in California

Relatable Reads

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