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Calendar for August 2nd, 2014

Died 1100: King William II of England

Born 1754: Pierre-Charles L'Enfant (architect)

Born 1788: Leopold Gmelin (chemist)

1858: Street letter boxes installed in Boston and N.Y.C., first in U.S.

1873: In San Francisco, California, at four o'clock in the morning, Andrew Smith Hallidie successfully tested the world's first cable car

Died 1876: Wild Bill Hickok (frontiersman)

1886: The Oleomargarine Act established the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) laboratory system

Born 1892: Jack Warner (the man behind the development of Warner Brothers Studios)

1909: The Lincoln Cent was issued to replace the Indian Head Cent

Died 1922: Alexander Graham Bell (inventor)

Died 1923: Warren G. Harding (29th U.S. president)

Born 1924: James Baldwin (author)

Born 1924: Caroll O'Connor (actor)

Born 1932: Peter O'Toole (actor)

1934: Adolf Hitler appointed himself dictator of Germany

1939: Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President FDR explaining the possibility of an atomic bomb, thus marking the beginning of atomic weaponry

Born 1964: Mary Louise Parker (actress)

Born 1966: Tim Wakefield (baseball player)

Born 1972: Jacinda Barrett (model & actress)

1980: Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" topped charts

1990: Iraq invaded Kuwait

Born 1992: Hallie Kate Eisenberg (actress)

Died 1998: Shari Lewis (actress and puppeteer, best known for Lamb Chop)

2007: Library of Congress announced Charles Simic to be the 15th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry

2010: Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow began 32-hour yoga marathon in Quebec