On This Day
Discover events that happened On This Day including famous birthdays and notable deaths. Each day we highlight famous people, past and present, who have impacted our world. Browse sections by selecting the links below or click the calendar to view events on another day.
Events on This Day
Mary Ann Evans, known by her pen name George Eliot, begins writing her masterpiece Middlemarch.
Eventually honored as the “father of radio,” Lee De Forest submits a patent application for a "sound-producing mechanism."
Marcus Garvey presents to New Yorkers his Back to Africa movement, which encourages descendants of Africa to return to their ancestral homelands.
Engineer Igor Sikorsky submits a patent application for a motorized amphibious airplane.
Navy boat PT-109, commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, sinks after being sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer.
Saddam Hussein orders the Iraqi Army to invade Kuwait.
Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer's fourth installment in her vampire romance series, is released to midnight book parties and much teenage squealing.
Born on This Day
Born: August 2, 1924
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
1964 | 49 years old
Film Actress, Theater Actress, ...
1942 | 71 years old
Born: August 2, 1932
Age: 81 years old
Birthplace: Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Occupation: Anti-War Activist, Film Actor, ...
1939 | 74 years old
Film Actor, Director, Producer, ...
Film Actor, Television Actor / 1924 - 2001
Carroll O’Connor played Archie Bunker on the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom All in the Family. His comedic portrayal of a working-class bigot brought political and social issues into the popular dialogue of the time.
1924 | 76 years old
Film Actor, Television Actor
Died on This Day
Died: August 2, 1997
Age: 83 years old
Place: Lawrence, Kansas , United States
1921 | 48 years old
1876 | 39 years old
Police Officer, Folk Hero
Educator, Linguist, Inventor, Scientist / 1847 - 1922
Alexander Graham Bell was one of the primary inventors of the telephone, did important work in communication for the deaf and held more than 18 patents.
Died: August 2, 1922
Age: 75 years old
Place: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia , Canada
Occupation: Educator, Linguist, Inventor, Scientist
U.S. President, U.S. Representative, Government Official / 1865 - 1923
Warren G. Harding was elected the 29th U.S. president on his birthday, and served from 1921 to 1923. His term followed World War I and a campaign promising a "return to normalcy."
1923 | 57 years old
U.S. President, U.S. Representative, ...
1934 | 86 years old
General, World Leader
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