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Thursday 2 August 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Airmobile Forces Day (Ukraine)

Events

  • In 2017 CRISPR used to remove faulty DNA from human embryos for the first time.
  • 1989 – Pakistan is re-admitted to the Commonwealth of Nations after having restored democracy for the first time since 1972.
  • 1947 – A British South American Airways Avro Lancastrian airliner crashes into a mountain during a flight from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile. The wreckage would not be found until 1998.
  • 1932 – The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson.
  • 1918 – The first general strike in Canadian history takes place in Vancouver.
  • 1873 – The Clay Street Hill Railroad begins operating the first cable car in San Francisco's famous cable car system.
  • 1870 – Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London, England, United Kingdom.
  • 1790 – The first United States Census is conducted.
  • 1776 – The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place.

Births

  • 1994 – Laremy Tunsil, American football player
  • 1992 – Hallie Eisenberg, American actress
  • 1985 – Britt Nicole (Brittany Nicole Waddell), American Christian pop artist
  • 1982 – Grady Sizemore, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Kerry Rhodes, American football player
  • 1978 – Matt Guerrier, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Edward Furlong, American actor
  • 1977 – Mark Velasquez, American photographer
  • 1976 – Jay Heaps, American soccer player and coach
  • 1976 – Michael Weiss, American figure skater
  • 1970 – Kevin Smith, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1970 – Tony Amonte, American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1969 – Cedric Ceballos, American basketball player
  • 1968 – John Stanier, American drummer
  • 1967 – Aaron Krickstein, American tennis player
  • 1967 – Aline Brosh McKenna, American screenwriter and producer
  • 1966 – Tim Wakefield, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Mary-Louise Parker, American actress
  • 1963 – Laura Bennett, American architect and fashion designer
  • 1960 – David Yow, American singer-songwriter
  • 1960 – Linda Fratianne, American figure skater
  • 1960 – Neal Morse, American singer and keyboard player
  • 1959 – Apollonia Kotero, American singer and actress
  • 1959 – Victoria Jackson, American actress and singer
  • 1956 – Fulvio Melia, Italian-American physicist, astrophysicist, and author
  • 1955 – Butch Vig, American drummer, songwriter, and record producer
  • 1955 – Caleb Carr, American historian and author
  • 1951 – Andrew Gold, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1951 – Joe Lynn Turner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1949 – James Fallows, American journalist and author
  • 1948 – Dennis Prager, American radio host and author
  • 1948 – James Street, American football and baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1947 – Lawrence Wright, American journalist, author, and screenwriter
  • 1946 – James Howe, American journalist and author
  • 1945 – Joanna Cassidy, American actress
  • 1943 – Herbert M. Allison, American lieutenant and businessman (d. 2013)
  • 1943 – Jon R. Cavaiani, English-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2014)
  • 1943 – Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player and coach
  • 1942 – Isabel Allende, Chilean-American novelist, essayist, essayist
  • 1942 – Nell Irvin Painter, American author and historian
  • 1941 – Doris Coley, American singer (d. 2000)
  • 1939 – Benjamin Barber, American theorist, author, and academic
  • 1939 – John W. Snow, American businessman and politician, 73rd United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1939 – Wes Craven, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2015)
  • 1937 – Billy Cannon, American football player and dentist
  • 1935 – Hank Cochran, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)
  • 1932 – Lamar Hunt, American businessman, co-founded the American Football League and World Championship Tennis (d. 2006)
  • 1931 – Pierre DuMaine, American bishop and academic
  • 1925 – K. Arulanandan, Ceylon-American engineer and academic (d. 2004)
  • 1924 – Carroll O'Connor, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2001)
  • 1924 – James Baldwin, American novelist, poet, and critic (d. 1987)
  • 1924 – Joe Harnell, American pianist and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1923 – Ike Williams, American boxer (d. 1994)
  • 1922 – Betsy Bloomingdale, American philanthropist and socialite (d. 2016)
  • 1919 – Nehemiah Persoff, Israeli-American actor
  • 1916 – Alfonso A. Ossorio, Filipino-American painter and sculptor (d. 1990)
  • 1915 – Gary Merrill, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1914 – Beatrice Straight, American actress (d. 2001)
  • 1914 – Big Walter Price, American singer-songwriter and pianist (d. 2012)
  • 1911 – Ann Dvorak, American actress (d. 1979)
  • 1907 – Mary Hamman, American journalist and author (d. 1984)
  • 1905 – Myrna Loy, American actress (d. 1993)
  • 1900 – Helen Morgan, American actress and singer (d. 1941)
  • 1900 – Holling C. Holling, American author and illustrator (d. 1973)
  • 1892 – Jack L. Warner, Canadian-born American production manager and producer, co-founded Warner Bros. (d. 1978)
  • 1882 – Albert Bloch, American painter and academic (d. 1961)
  • 1882 – Red Ames, American baseball player and manager (d. 1936)
  • 1880 – Arthur Dove, American painter and educator (d. 1946)
  • 1876 – Pingali Venkayya, Indian geologist, designed the Flag of India (d. 1963)
  • 1872 – George E. Stewart, Australian-American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)
  • 1871 – John French Sloan, American painter and illustrator (d. 1951)
  • 1865 – Irving Babbitt, American academic and critic (d. 1933)
  • 1835 – Elisha Gray, American businessman, co-founded Western Electric (d. 1901)
  • 1834 – Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor, designed the Statue of Liberty (d. 1904)
  • 1754 – Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-American architect and engineer, designed Washington, D.C. (d. 1825)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1946)
  • 2016 – David Huddleston, American actor (b. 1930)
  • 2015 – Forrest Bird, American pilot and engineer (b. 1921)
  • 2015 – Jack Spring, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2014 – Billie Letts, American author and educator (b. 1938)
  • 2014 – Ed Joyce, American journalist (b. 1932)
  • 2014 – James Thompson, American-Finnish author (b. 1964)
  • 2013 – Julius L. Chambers, American lawyer and activist (b. 1936)
  • 2013 – Richard E. Dauch, American businessman, co-founded American Axle (b. 1942)
  • 2012 – Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
  • 2012 – Marguerite Piazza, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • 2007 – Chauncey Bailey, American journalist (b. 1950)
  • 2005 – Steven Vincent, American journalist and author (b. 1955)
  • 2003 – Peter Safar, Austrian-American physician and academic (b. 1924)
  • 1999 – Willie Morris, American writer (b. 1934)
  • 1998 – Shari Lewis, American television host and puppeteer (b. 1933)
  • 1997 – William S. Burroughs, American novelist, short story writer, and essayist (b. 1914)
  • 1990 – Norman Maclean, American short story writer and essayist (b. 1902)
  • 1988 – Joe Carcione, American activist and author (b. 1914)
  • 1988 – Raymond Carver, American short story writer and poet (b. 1938)
  • 1986 – Roy Cohn, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
  • 1979 – Thurman Munson, American baseball player (b. 1947)
  • 1978 – Antony Noghès, French businessman, founded the Monaco Grand Prix (b. 1890)
  • 1976 – Fritz Lang, Austrian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1890)
  • 1972 – Brian Cole, American bass player (b. 1942)
  • 1972 – Helen Hoyt, American poet and author (b. 1887)
  • 1972 – Paul Goodman, American psychotherapist and author (b. 1911)
  • 1967 – Walter Terence Stace, English-American epistemologist, philosopher, and academic (b. 1886)
  • 1963 – Oliver La Farge, American anthropologist and author (b. 1901)
  • 1955 – Wallace Stevens, American poet and educator (b. 1879)
  • 1939 – Harvey Spencer Lewis, American mystic and author (b. 1883)
  • 1923 – Warren G. Harding, American journalist and politician, 29th President of the United States (b. 1865)
  • 1922 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-Canadian engineer, invented the telephone (b. 1847)
  • 1913 – Ferenc Pfaff, Hungarian architect and academic, designed Zagreb Central Station (b. 1851)
  • 1876 – "Wild Bill" Hickok, American sheriff (b. 1837)
  • 1859 – Horace Mann, American educator and politician (b. 1796)
  • 1667 – Francesco Borromini, Swiss architect, designed San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant'Agnese in Agone (b. 1599)
  • 1546 – Peter Faber, French priest and theologian, co-founded the Society of Jesus (b. 1506)
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