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On This Day in History - 2nd August

Birthdays

1820John Tyndall, Irish physicist (of 'Tyndall effect' fame)
1891Sir Arthur Bliss, English composer & 'Master of the Queens Music'
1924James Baldwin, American writer
1925Alan Whicker, Broadcaster; of 'Whickers World'
1932Peter O'Toole, Irish born film actor
1954Sammy McIlroy, Irish footballer

Events

1788Thomas Gainsborough, the English artist, died
1858The British government took over the East India Company
1865'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland' was first published
1875Britain's first roller skating rink was opened in London
1876Wild Bill Hickok was shot dead while playing poker
1894Death Duties were first introduced in Britain
1964A US destroyer was attacked by Vietnamese torpedo boats on N. Vietnam coast
1966Marshal Lin Piao became Mao Tse Tungs successor
1990Iraq invaded Kuwait, which then led to the Gulf War conflict