What Happened On This Day – August 2
1998 Second Congo War Begins
The deadliest war in Africa, the war and its aftermath has killed an estimated 5.4 million people. The war started with a mutiny in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and soon involved 9 African nations. It lasted for 5 years.
1990 Invasion of Kuwait begins
In 2 days Iraqi forces had overrun Kuwaiti forces and Saddam Hussein declared Kuwait as the 19th province of Iraq. The invasion lasted for 7 months and ended after a UN-authorized coalition force led by the United States intervened.
1958 The Arab Federation is dissolved
The short-lived federation of Jordan and Iraq was dissolved after King Faisal of Iraq was deposed and assassinated during the 14 July Revolution.
1945 The Potsdam Conference which is convened to negotiate the terms of the end of WW II comes to an end
Representatives from the US, U.K., and Soviet Union participated in the conference.
1870 World's first underground railway opened
The Tower Subway beneath river Thames in London opened its doors for passengers. The subway was closed within a few months because of bankruptcy. The tunnel is now used for utilities.
Births On This Day – August 2
1981 Alexander Emelianenko
Russian mixed martial artist
1964 Mary-Louise Parker
1932 Peter O'Toole
1892 Jack Warner
Canadian/American film producer
1820 John Tyndall
Deaths On This Day – August 2
1997 Fela Kuti
Nigerian singer-songwriter, musician, activist
1934 Paul von Hindenburg
Prussian/German field marshal, politician, 2nd President of Germany
1923 Warren G. Harding
American politician, 29th President of the United States
1922 Alexander Graham Bell
Scottish/American engineer, invented the Telephone
1921 Enrico Caruso