Wednesday, August 02, 2017
History for August 2 - On-This-Day.com
James Baldwin 1924, Carroll O'Connor 1924, Peter O'Toole 1932
Wes Craven 1939, Lance Ito 1950, Victoria Jackson 1959 - Actress, comdian
1861 - The United States Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South. The tax was never enacted.
1887 - Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.
1892 - Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.
1921 - Eight White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.
1939 - Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the U.S. to have an atomic weapons research program.
1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act. The act prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.
1945 - The Allied conference at Potsdam was concluded.
1990 - Iraq invaded the oil-rich country of Kuwait. Iraq claimed that Kuwait had driven down oil prices by exceeding production quotas set by OPEC.