Buy the 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac!

Calendar for August 2nd, 2014

1100s

  • Died 1100: King William II of England

  • 1750s

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

  • 1780s

  • Born 1788: Leopold Gmelin (chemist)

  • 1850s

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

  • 1870s

  • 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)

  • 1880s

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

  • 1890s

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

  • 1900s

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

  • 1920s

  • 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)

  • 1930s

  • 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

  • 1960s

  • Born 1964: Mary Louise Parker (actress)

  • Born 1966: Tim Wakefield (baseball player)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1972: Jacinda Barrett (model & actress)

  • 1980s

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

  • 1990s

  • 1990: Iraq invaded Kuwait

  • Born 1992: Hallie Kate Eisenberg (actress)

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

  • 2000s

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

  • 2010s

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


Shop Wind Bells in the Almanac General Store