Once Upon A Time – August 2 – 1858 – Government Of India Transferred From East India Company To British Crown

338 BC Macedonian army led by Philip II defeats combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean

216 BC Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae – Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats numerically superior Roman army under command consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro

1776 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)

1790 1st US census conducted, the population was 3,939,214 including 697,624 slaves

1832 Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin: 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sauk & Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War in the US

1858 Government of India transferred from East India Company to the British Crown

2018 Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value

HISTORICAL EVENTS TODAY

TODAY IN FILM & TV

1973 “American Graffiti”, directed by George Lucas and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard premieres at the Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland

TODAY IN MUSIC

1961 The Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club

TODAY IN SPORT

1864 Saratoga Racecourse, America’s oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, opens its inaugural meet with four days of racing

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1937 Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in America, essentially rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal

2017 First footage of white giraffes posted by Hirola Conservation Program in north eastern Kenya

FAMOUS WEDDINGS

1882 US educational pioneer Booker T. Washington (26) weds Fanny Smith

1904 Novelist Hermann Hesse (27) weds Maria Bernoulli

1930 Laurence McKinley Gould (33), American Geologist and Polar Explorer weds Margaret (“Peg”) Rice in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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