Today in history, August 2

Today in history, August 2

All of the historical events below happened on the same day of the month, August 2.

1790: The first U.S. Census is conducted, showing a population of 3.9 million.

1876: Lawman Wild Bill Hickok, 39, is murdered while playing cards in Deadwood, South Dakota.

1922: Inventor Alexander Graham Bell dies in Nova Scotia, Canada at age 75.

1923: President Warren G. Harding, 57, dies while on a speaking tour in San Francisco. Calvin Coolidge is sworn in at 2:47 am.

1924: Actor Carroll O'Connor is born in Manhattan, New York.

1964: North Vietnamese gunboats reportedly fire on the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. It results in President Lyndon Johnson declaring open war on North Vietnam.

1990: Iraq invades Kuwait, which eventually leads to the Gulf War of 1991.

2014: Braves announcer Pete Van Wieren dies in Atlanta at age 69.

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