On This Day: What happened on 02 August?

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 02 August, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1963 | The United Nations was informed by the United States that it will stop the sale of arms to South Africa.

2014 |  In Kunshan, Jiangsu, China, 146 people died, and more than 114 were injured in a factory explosion. 

2005 | Air France Flight 358 landed at Toronto Pearson International Airport and ran off the runway, causing the plane to burst into flames and leaving 12 injured.

1999 | The Gaisal train disaster claimed 285 lives in Assam, India.

1976 | UWC students convened a meeting to show solidarity with the students of Soweto and decided to start boycotting classes.

1989 | Pakistan was re-admitted to the Commonwealth after regaining democracy for the first time since 1972.

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1995 | Latvian basketball player, Kristaps Porziſģis.

1978 | Serbian footballer, Dragan Vukmir.

1956 | Italian-American physicist, astrophysicist, and author, Fulvio Melia.

1976 | Spanish runner, Reyes Estévez.

1930 | Australian painter and dancer, Vali Myers, died in 2003.


2014 | American-Finnish author, James Thompson, 50.

2005 | American journalist and author, Steven Vincent, 50.

2004 | Belgian illustrator, François Craenhals, 78.

2016 | Egyptian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, Ahmed Zewail, 70.

1926 | South African statesman and the last prime minister of the Cape Colony, John Xavier Merriman, 85.


2021 | On this day, a Scottish championship match between Kilmarnock v Ayr United ended 2-0.


1991 | “Return to the Blue Lagoon” was released on this day in the United States.


Africa’s tallest waterfall is Tugela Falls which is located in South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains.

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