August 2nd is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 151 days remaining until the end of the year.
216 BC – Second Punic War: Outnumbered Carthaginian forces led by Hannibal defeated a Roman army, near the town of Cannae in Apulia in southeast Italy.
1790 – The first United States Census was conducted, with the United States residential population enumerated to be 3,929,214.
1914 – World War I: Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, and Prime Minister Paul Eyschen surrendered to the invading German army and the nation remained occupied for the rest of the war.
1932 – At the California Institute of Technology, Carl David Anderson proved the existence of antimatter when he discovered the positron.
1990 – Iraq invaded Kuwait, overrunning the Kuwaiti military within two days, and eventually sparking the outbreak of the Gulf War seven months later.
Weeds Actress Mary-Louise Parker turns 54
Movie Director Kevin Smith turns 48
Avatar Actor Sam Worthington turns 42
UFC Fighter Nick Diaz turns 35
Rapper Charli XCX is born (age unknown)