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1782George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction

1798British under Admiral Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile

1802Napoleon declared "Consul for Life"

1865Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"

1907Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with Washington & loses 3-2 to Detroit

1928Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

1932Carl David Anderson discovers and photographs a positron (positive electron), the first known antiparticle

1934Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces

1940Clermont-Ferrand sentences Gen Charles de Gaulle to death

1945Potsdam Conference ended, with Stalin, Truman & Churchill

1964Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open

1969Bob Dylan makes surprise appearance at Hibbing HS Minn 10th reunion

1969US President Richard Nixon visits Romania

1973George Brett gets his 1st hit

1981Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

1982Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals his 100th base of the season

1987chris johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am

1990US President George H. W. Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia

1991Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges

1994NY Supreme Court refuses Howard Stern's non financial disclosure

1998San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl

1999"The Sixth Sense", starring Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, and Haley Joel Osment, premieres

On This Day In History
Date Event
Aug 2, 338 BC
A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean. 
Aug 2, 216 BC
Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae - Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats numerically superior Roman army under command consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro. 
Aug 2, 257
St Stephen I ends his reign as Catholic Pope 
Aug 2, 1057
Frederik van Lotharingen elected as 1st Belgium Pope Stephen IX [X] 
Aug 2, 1100
King William II of England (William Rufus) is killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest. 
Aug 2, 1542
French troops leave Flanders 
Aug 2, 1552
Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion 
Aug 2, 1578
Battle of Rijmenam 
Aug 2, 1581
Leiden University names Snellius math professor 
Aug 2, 1610
Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay 
Aug 2, 1665
French expedition against Barbarians in Tunis/Algiers 
Aug 2, 1695
Daniel Quare receives a British patent for his portable barometer 
Aug 2, 1701
Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk 
Aug 2, 1704
Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim 
Aug 2, 1718
Austrian joins Triple Alliance 
Aug 2, 1738
France offers emperor Karel VI mediation in war against Turkey 
Aug 2, 1776
Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people 
Aug 2, 1782
George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction 
Aug 2, 1786
Utrechtse Vroedschap flees 
Aug 2, 1787
Horace the Saussure reaches top of Mont Blanc 
Aug 2, 1790
1st US census (population of 3,939,214; 697,624 are slaves) is conducted. 
Aug 2, 1791
Samuel Briggs & his son, patent nail-making machine 
Aug 2, 1798
British under Admiral Horatio Nelson beat French at Battle of Nile 
Aug 2, 1802
Napoleon declared "Consul for Life" 
Aug 2, 1819
1st parachute jump in US 
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