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1934 : Adolf Hitler, the chancellor of Germany, became the country's Fuhrer (president and chancellor) today after German President Paul Von Hindenburg died.
1914 : As a result of the economic instability caused by World War I, American bankers were seriously considering an issue of emergency currency within a week’s time. In Washington a conference between President Woodrow Wilson and New York Foreign exchange officials were going to discuss the possibility of allowing England an unprecedented amount of $100,000,000 credit.
1929 : A heat wave and near drought conditions occurring in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Western Missouri. The temperature was over 100 degrees and in Kansas it reached 107 degrees which was the hottest temperature the weather station had ever recorded.
1939 : The German People, under the iron-clad command of Adolf Hitler, were ordered to celebrate the outbreak of World War I, which had happened 25 years before. The anniversary became a military holiday. Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, wrote in German newspapers of the time that Germany’s army had vastly improved since the 1914-1918 World War, which he trumpeted as a “heroic battle”. A German newspaper, Deutsche Allgemaine Zeitung proclaimed “… as long as Germans live they will remember their heroic sons of the World War days and will hold the memory of their deeds in the highest esteem.”
1943 : The future president Lt. John F. Kennedy of the United States command, the PT-109 is sunk by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri while on patrol near the Solomon Islands. The future president was credited with saving members of his crew.
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1949 : Comedian, Bob Hope ended up in Hollywood’s Presbyterian Hospital as a result of been bucked off by his fake steed while working on a Hollywood film set. Hope was straddling a barrel rocked by Lucille Ball when it rolled over and sent him flying. He was under doctor’s orders to stay quiet in a hospital bed for several days, since the accident knocked him unconscious.
1955 : After spending 32 months in a Chinese prison, eleven U.A. military airmen, who the Chinese accused of spying, were to be released. In Geneva, the Chinese Ambassador admitted that the freed airmen should be in Hong Kong by Thursday. The prisoners were shot down in their B29 aircraft which crashed on January 12th, 1953. Their capture and imprisonment had put a major strain on Chinese-American relations.
1964 : Three North Vietnamese torpedo boats launch torpedoes against The US Destroyer Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. On the 4th, North Vietnamese patrol boats again attack Maddox which resulted in the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which allowed US Forces to attack North Vietnamese basis in retaliation.
1965 : Forest fires in the French Riviera in the south of France have forced hundreds of holiday makers onto the beaches, with many losing all their possessions when they left campsites and homes in the forest for the safety of the sea where they have been collecting. The French authorities have dispatched mine sweepers and other craft to pick up the survivors from the beaches.
August 2, 1973 : The Summerland complex Holiday Leisure resort in Douglas, Isle Of Man has gone up in flames trapping hundreds inside the seven story building, fire crews were quickly on the scene and many of the occupants were bought to safety but it is estimated over 50 may well have been killed in the fire.
1980 : A bomb planted by right wing terrorists in a waiting room explodes in Bologna railway station, killing over 70 and injuring more than 200.
1985 : A Delta Air Lines jumbo jet crashed and exploded Friday during a sudden and violent thunderstorm on its final approach to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport killing as many as 130 people.
1988 : American Defense Secretary, Frank Carlucci, got a rare view of Russian military bases and armaments after his Soviet counterparts were allowed the same privilege in America. In The Capital, Mr. Carlucci commented, “The American people through me can see what the Soviet military is doing and can learn about their attitudes and doctrine. Russian defense minister, Dmitri Yazov explained that the U.S. and Russia could now be direct with each other and stop the posturing and diplomatic jargon.
Celebrating Birthdays Today
Born: Peter Seamus O’Toole August 2 1932 Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Died: December 14th, 2013, London, England
Known For : Peter O'Toole is an Irish born actor best known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969) and The Ruling Class (1972) he has been nominated a total of eight times for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, making him the most-nominated actor never to win the award. He has won four Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Emmy and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award in 2003 for his body of work.
Born: Myrna Adele Williams August 2 1905 Radersburg, Montana, U.S
Died: December 14th 1993 New York City, New York, U.S.
Known For : Myrna Loy best known as an American Actress who started her career back in the days of the silent movies. Her best roles came in 1934 when she appeared in "The Thin Man" playing opposite William Powell and Manhattan Melodrama playing alongside Clark Gable and William Powell. Over the next 10 years she played opposite William Powell in multiple films and in 1937 / 1938 she was one of the Top Ten Money Making Stars in the movie industry. When World War II started she turned her back on the movie industry to devote her time to the war effort and following the end of the war she returned back to acting including The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
1990 : 100,000 Iraqi soldiers invade Kuwait over an oil field feud when Iraqi troops crossed into Kuwait and the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein threatens to turn Kuwait city into a "graveyard" if any other country dares to challenge the "take-over by force."
1996 : Following the ever increasing trade deficit between Japan and the U.S.A a trade agreement is reached centered on establishing fair practices for the sale of American computer chips.
1999 : A deadly train crash in Eastern India between an express train bound for Delhi and the stationary Awadh-Assam Express at Gaisal station has left the death toll at over 500, the cause of the crash is believed to be faulty signals which allowed the express train to plough into the stationary train and due to ammunition belonging to an army unit exploding a fire swept through the carriages where thousands of passengers were burned alive.
2003 : In Monrovia, Liberia rogue President Charles Taylor, accused of producing 14 years of armed conflict in his country, fled to south eastern Buchanan. A delegate of Western African leaders entered the Liberian capitol with the intent of persuading Mr. Taylor into exile or retirement. Rebels were still shooting when they arrived. Nigerian peacekeepers were to be installed on Monday and Taylor was commanded to leave his country no later than Thursday. Taylor is accused of war crimes.
August 2, 2007 : Fisher Price part of the Mattel group is to recall more 1 1/2 million Chinese manufactured toys over fears that the paint used could pose a health risk to young children if ingested. The toys effected include the popular Sesame Street's Big Bird and Elmo which are targeted at young children who are more likely to put the toys in their mouths. Check out examples of toys throughout history here!
2009 : The remains of the last US serviceman to be officially listed as missing in action from the 1991 Gulf War were found in Iraq by military officials after being notified of the possible location by local citizens.
2011 : After the US Senate voted to approve a debt deal, narrowly avoiding the default deadline, President Obama signed the deal, that would raise the debt ceiling by up to $2.4 trillion, it into law.
2012 : A Chinese teenager killed eight people and wounded five others in a knife attack in the Liaoning province. The seventeen-year old boy attacked his girlfriend's relatives after a fight with her.
August 2, 2013 : Healthcare company Johnson and Johnson was fined for $85,000 in China after being accused of violating anti-monopoly laws in the country. Part of the accusation included concerns that they were setting a minimum price for surgical instruments being sold.
1950s Prices including inflation prices for homes, wages, etc.
Baby Boomers raise families following 20 years of unrest (Great Depression and World War II) the peak of the Baby Boomer Years
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