Today in History
Today is Tuesday, August 2, the 214th day of 2022. There are 151 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On August 2, 1923, the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco; Vice President Calvin Coolidge became President.
To this date :
In 1776, members of the Second Continental Congress began putting their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
In 1873, inventor Andrew S. Hallidie (HAH’-lih-day) successfully tested a cable car he had designed for the city of San Francisco.
In 1876 pioneer “Wild Bill” Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory by Jack McCall, who was later hanged.
In 1921, a Chicago jury acquitted several former members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team and two others of conspiring to defraud the public in the notorious “Black Sox” scandal. Opera singer Enrico Caruso, 48, has died in Naples, Italy.
In 1922, Alexander Graham Bell, widely considered the inventor of the telephone, died in Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 75.
In 1934, German President Paul von Hindenburg died, paving the way for Adolf Hitler to take full power.
In 1939, Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt requesting the creation of an atomic weapons research program.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman, Soviet leader Josef Stalin, and new British Prime Minister Clement Attlee concluded the Potsdam Conference.
In 1974, former White House attorney John W. Dean III was sentenced to one to four years in prison for obstruction of justice in connection with the Watergate cover-up. (Dean ended up serving four months.)
In 1980, 85 people were killed when a bomb exploded at the train station in Bologna, Italy.
In 1985, 137 people were killed when Delta Air Lines Flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed while attempting to land at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, taking control of the oil-rich emirate. (The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation Desert Storm.)
Ten years ago: Kofi Annan resigned as Syria peace envoy, blaming Syrian government intransigence, growing Syrian rebel militancy and a divided UN Security Council which he says , did not forcefully support his efforts. Gabby Douglas became the third consecutive American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize when she won the Olympic all-around title; Michael Phelps added to his medal collection with his first individual gold medal of the London Games in the 200 meter individual medley.
Five years ago: Former Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian died at his home in Granger, Indiana, at the age of 94. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 22,000 for the first time after stocks spent five months rising steadily.
A year ago: The United States finally met President Joe Biden’s goal of injecting at least one COVID-19 into 70% of American adults – a month later and amid a fierce surge in delta variant. Louisiana reinstated a mask mandate in all indoor locations as the state saw the highest growth of COVID-19 per capita in the nation. The Biden administration has stepped up efforts to help at-risk Afghan citizens flee Taliban violence ahead of a U.S. military withdrawal at the end of the month; more Afghans would be eligible for refugee status in the United States. San Francisco’s iconic cable cars were ringing their bells and rolling the city’s hills again after being sidelined for 16 months by the pandemic.
Today’s birthdays: Rock musician Garth Hudson (The Band) turns 85. Singer Kathy Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 79 years old. Actress Joanna Cassidy is 77 years old. Actress Kathryn Harrold is 72 years old. Actor Butch Patrick (TV: “The Munsters”) is 69 years old. Rock music producer/drummer Butch Vig (Garbage) is 67. Sen. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., is 65. Singer Mojo Nixon is 65 years old. Actress Mary-Louise Parker is 58 years old. Rock musician John Stanier is 54 years old. Writer-actor-director Kevin Smith is 52 years old. Actor Jacinda Barrett is 50 years old. Actor Sam Worthington is 46 years old. Actor Edward Furlong is 45 years old. TV meteorologist Dylan Dreyer (TV: “Today”) is 41 years old. Actress Marci Miller is 37 years old. Singer Charli XCX is 30 years old. Actress Hallie Eisenberg is 30 years old.