August 2 in history

August 2 events chronologically

461 Majorian is arrested near Tortona (Northern Italy) and deposed by the Suebian general Ricimer as puppet emperor
1343 Olivier de Clisson is found guilty of treason and beheaded at Les Halles in Paris. As a result, his wife, Jeanne de Clisson, sold their holding, bought a fleet of ships, and took to the sea as a pirate to seek revenge against the French King and nobility
1377 Russian troops are defeated in the Battle on Pyana River
1610 Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as Hudson Bay thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean
1776 The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place
1790 The first United States Census is conducted
1798 French Revolutionary Wars: the Battle of the Nile concludes in a British victory

Top 7 most famous people born on August 2

1892 Jack Warner Leonard "J. L." Warner , born Jacob Warner in London, Ontario, was a Canadian-born American film executive who was the president and driving force behind the Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Warner's career spanned some forty-five years, its duration surpassing that of any other of the seminal Hollywood studio moguls
1923 Shimon Peres a Polish-born Israeli statesman. He was the ninth President of Israel from 2007 to 2014. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. Peres was elected to the Knesset in November 1959 and, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, served continuously until 2007, when he became President
1924 James Baldwin an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His essays, as collected in Notes of a Native Son , explore palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America, and their inevitable if unnameable tensions. Some Baldwin essays are book-length, for instance The Fire Next Time , No Name in the Street , and The Devil Finds Work
1925 Jorge Rafael Videla a senior commander in the Argentine Army and dictator of Argentina from 1976 to 1981.
1932 Peter O'Toole an Irish stage and film actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company, before making his film debut in 1959
1942 Isabel Allende a Chilean-American writer. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the "magic realist" tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits and City of the Beasts , which have been commercially successful. Allende has been called "the world's most widely read Spanish-language author". In 2004, Allende was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and in 2010, she received Chile's National Literature Prize. President Barack Obama awarded her the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom
1970 Kevin Smith an American screenwriter, actor, film producer, speaker and director, as well as a popular comic book writer, author, comedian/raconteur, and podcaster.

Top 7 most famous people died on August 2

1589 Henry III of France a monarch of the House of Valois who was elected the monarch of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1573 to 1575 and ruled as King of France from 1574 until his death. He was the last French monarch of the Valois dynasty
1921 Enrico Caruso an Italian operatic tenor. He sang to great acclaim at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles from the Italian and French repertoires that ranged from the lyric to the dramatic. Caruso also made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. All of these recordings, which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads
1922 Alexander Graham Bell credited with inventing the first practical telephone.
1923 Warren G. Harding the 29th President of the United States , a Republican from Ohio who served in the Ohio Senate and then in the United States Senate, where he played a minor role.
1934 Paul von Hindenburg a Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician, and served as the second President of Germany from 1925 to 1934.
1976 Fritz Lang a German-Austrian filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor. One of the best known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute. His most famous films include the groundbreaking Metropolis , and M, made before he moved to the United States, which is considered a precursor to the film noir genre. Fritz Lang played in Jean-Luc Godard’s film ‘’Contempt’’
1997 William S. Burroughs an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century". His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences. He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films