This Day in History on 2 August

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 2 August. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

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)

Futher Reading

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