On This Day 2 August

Important Days

Important Events

1989 – A massacre is carried out by an Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 64 ethnic Tamil civilians.


1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait, eventually leading to the Gulf War.


1999 – The Gaisal train disaster claims 285 lives in Assam, India.


2005 – Air France Flight 358 lands at Toronto Pearson International Airport and runs off the runway, causing the plane to burst into flames leaving 12 injuries and no fatalities.


2014 – At least 146 people were killed and more than 114 injured in a factory explosion in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China.

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1861 – Prafulla Chandra Ray, Indian chemist and academic (d. 1944)

1876 – Pingali Venkayya, Indian geologist, designed the Flag of India (d. 1963)


1877 – Ravishankar Shukla, Indian lawyer and politician, 1st Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh (d. 1956)

1929 – Vidya Charan Shukla, Indian politician, Indian Minister of External Affairs (d. 2013)

1878 – Berta Ruck, Indian-born Welsh romance novelist (d. 1978)

1945 – Bunker Roy, Indian educator and activist

Death/ Death Anniversary

2016 – Terence Bayler, New Zealand actor (b. 1930)
2016 – David Huddleston, American actor (b. 1930)
2016 – Franciszek Macharski, Polish cardinal (b. 1927)
2016 – Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1946)