August 2: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, August 2, 1776, the finalized copy of the United States Declaration of Independence was signed?

August 2nd is known as Coloring Book Day as well as Ice Cream Sandwich Day.

We’d like to welcome you to the 214th day of the year, with only 151 days left of this year.

Get the most interesting facts you can find right here about this day throughout history. Here we’re going to look at what historical events made August 2 so important in history.

Did you know that on this day in 1776, the finalized copy of the United States Declaration of Independence was signed? This final version had been approved by Congress almost a month prior.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 2nd in history!

What Events Happened On August 2 In History?

2022 Researchers in South Korea developed a tattoo that monitors a person’s health.

The non-invasive "tattoo" applied on the skin is integrated with a wireless chip that will then be connected to an electrocardiogram (ECG) device or other biosensors. The goal was to alert the patient of any potential health issues.

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2018 Musical.ly and TikTok merged, combining the users of both apps to form one community.

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1990 Iraq invaded the Gulf state of Kuwait.

On this day, Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein sent his troops to invade Kuwait. This historical invasion was the catalyst for the eventual war between Iraq and the West. The emirate was taken in one day.


1980 A bomb exploded at the railway station in Bologna, Italy.

The improvised explosive device (IED) was made with 20 kilograms of a TNT mixture, and was detonated inside Bologna's main railway station, killing 85 people and wounding more than 200.

1955 The Space Race began between the two Cold War rivals, the USA and the USSR.

Four days previously, the United States declared that it would send artificial satellites into Earth's orbit. This prompted the USSR to announce that it would do the same, and the race began. The space race ended just shy of twenty years later when the Soviet Union collapsed. The newly-formed Russian Federation agreed to peacefully work on future space ventures with the United States and its allies.

1934 Adolf Hitler became Führer of Germany following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.

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1873 Andrew Hallidie introduced the cable car to San Francisco after witnessing a horse and carriage accident.

1870 The Tower Subway in London became the first underground tube railway to open.

OTD in 1870: The Tower Subway in London became the first underground tube railway to open.

The tracks run under the River Thames, linking Tower Hill and Tooley Street.

1858 Letter collections started being collected from mailboxes in Boston, US.


1858 Britain took power over the Indian government.

1791 Samuel Briggs and his son patented his nail-making machine.

They were the first father-son pair to receive an American patent.


1776 The finalized copy of the United States Declaration of Independence was signed by congress.

OTD in 1776: The finalized copy of the United States Declaration of Independence was signed by congress.

1695 English clockmaker Daniel Quare gained the patents for a portable barometer to measure air pressure.

1610 English sea explorer Henry Hudson reached the Hudson Bay, which was named after him.

On this day, Hudson thought he had found a passage through the continent that would lead them to Asia.

1100 The King of England, William II, was killed by an arrow while hunting in New Forest Hampshire, England.


Famous Quotes Said On August 2

Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quotes ever said on August 2nd.


“People grow through experiences, if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Famous People Born On August 2

If you were born on this day, you actually have the same birthday as Charli XCX. Here are some other famous people born on August 2nd.

1992 Charli XCX

English Singer

Charli XCX
30 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1939 Wes Craven

American Film Director

Wes Craven
Died On:
Aug 30, 2015 (Age 76)
Born In:
Ohio, USA

1976 Sam Worthington

Australian Actor

Sam Worthington
46 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1964 Mary-Louise Parker

American Actress

Mary-Louise Parker
58 years old
Born In:
South Carolina, USA

Special Holidays On August 2

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

August 2: National Coloring Book Day

National Coloring Book Day

While Coloring Book Day may have used to be for kids, that’s definitely no longer the case! Head to your local bookshop and pick up a kid’s or adult’s coloring book, or just print some pages off the internet. Then, all that’s left to do is color away to your heart’s content!

August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

The history is a little cloudy on who invented ice cream sandwiches, which is a real shame as we’d tell you to thank them today if you could! So instead, get on down to the store and pick up a couple of ice cream sandwiches - it is Ice Cream Sandwich Day, after all!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Kraft singles cannot be advertised as cheese because US FDA standards state a food can only be identified as cheese if it contains “at least 51% real cheese.”

August 2 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on August 2 share the Leo star sign.

The constellation Leo is associated with the mythological Nemean lion. Leo is the fifth sign in the zodiac and is ruled by the sun. People born between July 23 & August 22 fall into this astrological sign.

All those born in August have the Peridot birthstone. The peridot is usually a light green color, although the shade can vary depending on how much iron it contains. The peridot stands out from the other birthstones as it’s one of the only gemstones that doesn’t change color depending on light, heat, or other factors.

People born on August 2 were likely conceived the previous year on November 9.

Babies conceived on August 2, 2023, will likely be born around April 25, 2024.

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