USS Indianapolis

🗓️ On This Day - August 2nd

By August 2nd, we all tend to start focusing on everything we need to do before summer ends! After all, we are officially in its last month – so kick back, have a nice cold drink, and learn more about what makes August 2nd so special. There are plenty of historical titbits, celebrity birthdays, and star sign facts to mull over, and we have them all here.

On this day

Alice in Wonderland

We all fell down the rabbit hole!

On this day in 1865, Lewis Carroll published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the first time! The story went on to become an instant classic and has been adapted in theaters and on-screen multiple times.

Adolf Hitler

Hitler got a promotion.

In 1934, today was the date that Adolf Hitler became the commander-in-chief of the German armed forces. As we know all too well, he did not use that power for good! He finally lost his power over the military in 1945 upon his suicide.

Charles de Gaulle

General de Gaulle received a death sentence that never came to fruition.

In 1940, French General Charles de Gaulle was sentenced to death by Clermont-Ferrand! However, he was never killed and in fact, served his country until his death in 1970.

USS Indianapolis

316 people were saved from a disaster in the Philippines.

In 1945, having spent three and a half days at sea, suffering from heat exhaustion, dehydration, hunger, and even shark attacks in the Philippine Sea, the survivors of the USS Indianapolis were spotted by a pilot on a routine sector search. Thanks to the pilot, Wilbur “Chuck” Gwynn, 316 people were saved.

Giraffe Facts

We saw white giraffes for the first time!

As bizarre as it sounds, we’re still discovering new animals all over the world – and on this date back in 2017, the world got a glimpse of the rare white giraffe, thanks to footage captured by Kenya’s Hirola Conservation Program.

Special Days Falling on August 2nd

We promised you a special day, and we believe that these incredible international holidays just might help with that! Here are some of the most important things for you to honor today, if you’re celebrating.
Facts of Macedonia

Republic Day in North Macedonia

Every year in North Macedonia, August 2nd is a very important date as it celebrates This national holiday honors the Ilinden Uprising and the very first assembly of the ASNOM during World War II. And it also celebrates the festival of Ilinden!

facts about Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Day

Dinosaurs are some of the most fascinating creatures to have ever walked the Earth – and we’ve never even met them! Today’s a celebration of all the research that goes into unearthing the ancient secrets of the dinosaurs – as we get closer to understanding how such huge beasts went extinct. The sad part is, without the dinosaurs’ extinction, we would probably never have existed as a species!

National Coloring Book Day

National Coloring Book Day

Coloring books might seem like kids' stuff to many people, but this US holiday encourages people all over the country to unwind a little with some crayons and a picture book or two. Concentrating on coloring in pictures in your downtime can be a great way to relax from the stresses of the day – if you’ve never tried an adult coloring book of your own, give one a try today!

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