August 2 in History
1776August 2, 1776:
A total of 56 people primarily sign what is termed as the ‘US Declaration of Independence’. The declaration was written by Thomas Jefferson alongside a group of five members of the Second Continental Congress.
1967August 2, 1967:
Norman Jewison’s directed movie titled "In the Heat of the Night" premiers in New York. It would later win the “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards that year.
1973August 2, 1973:
The Locarno International Film Festival, which was held in Switzerland, hosts the premiering of the film titled "American Graffiti". The movie stars Charlie Martin Smith and Richard Dreyfuss.
1978August 2, 1978:
Renowned American band, Boston, issues an album titled “Don't Look Back”. It contains hit songs like "A Man I'll Never Be" and "Feelin' Satisfied".
1991August 2, 1991:
American singer, Rick James is busted for kidnapping a lady known as Frances Alley. He was arrested alongside his then sweetheart, Tanya Hijazi.
1996August 2, 1996:
The United States wins gold in the men’s basketball event at the Olympic Games. They beat their FR Yugoslavia counterparts to win the tournament.
1997August 2, 1997: Nigerian singer and instrumentalist, Fela Kuti dies. He was known for his numerous successful albums including “Roforofo Fight” and “Shakara”. He was 58.
2010August 2, 2010:
Arcade Fire, a group formed in Canada, releases its 3rd studio album titled “The Suburbs”. The project peaked at the summit of UK Albums’ weekly chart.
2019August 2, 2019:
Ed Sheeran sets a new record for the highest-earning tour during one of his shows in Germany. His tour dubbed “Divide” earned him a total of $775.6 million which surpasses U2’s $735.3 million in 2011.
- August 2, 2019:
Christian music band, Skillet, drops their 10th studio album entitled “Victorious”. The work, which was released under the Atlantic record label, has tracks like "You Ain't Ready" and "Legendary".