Today in History - August 2


1492 - Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella
1578 - Battle of Rijmenam
1610 - Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay
1718 - Austrian joins Triple Alliance
1776 - Formal signing of Declaration of Independence
1791 - Samuel Briggs and his son, patent nail-making machine
1798 - Battle of Nile - Admiral Horatio leads British to beat French
1802 - Napoleon declared "Counsel for Life"
1819 - 1st Parachute jump in U.S
1832 - Battle of Bad Axe River - Whites decimate Indians
1858 - Government of India transferred from East India Company to Crown
1865 - Lewis Carroll publishes "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1873 - 1st Cable car in San Francisco
1875 - World 1st roller skating rink opens in London
1877 - San Francisco Public Library opens with 5,000 volumes
1887 - Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire
1892 - Charles A. Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator
1909 - 1st Lincoln head pennies minted
1922 - China, hit by a typhoon, around 60,000 people die
1934 - Adolph Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of Germany
1938 - Bright yellow baseballs were used in a major league baseball game first time
1939 - Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the U.S. to have an atomic weapons research program
1944 - Turkey breaks diplomatic relationship with nazi-germany
1955 - U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
1962 - NASA civilian test pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 32,600 m
1966 - Radio Vila (New Hebrides) begins transmitting
1970 - France performs nuclear test at Fangataufa Island
1972 - Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
1984 - U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 - NASA launches space vehicle S-209
1987 - U.S.SR. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan.
1990 - Iraq invades and occupies Kuwait, Emir flees to Saudi Arabia
1991 - Space shuttle STS-43 (Atlantis 9) launched
2004 - Former President Gerald Ford suffers a stroke during the Republican National Convention
2010 - The Census of Marline Life 10-year study reports that 230,000 species of animal live in the world's oceans



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