On This Day — August 2nd


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.

Celebrity Birthdays

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)