Events, August 2nd

August 2nd:

1776 – Members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

1791 – Samuel Briggs and his son Samuel Briggs, Jr. received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first father-son pair to receive a patent.

1824 – In New York City, Fifth Avenue was opened.

1858 – In Boston and New York City the first mailboxes were installed along streets.

1861 – The United States Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South. The tax was never enacted.

1887 – Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.

1892 – Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.

1921 – Eight White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. (Image: movies-cine-film.com)

1938 – Bright yellow baseballs were used in a major league baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. It was hoped that the balls would be easier to see.

1943 – In the Solomon Islands, the U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat PT-109 sank after being hit by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy. Eleven of the thirteen crew survived.

1961 – The Beatles began their engagement as regular headliners at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. They performed about 300 shows over the next two years.

1962 – Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan.

1983 – U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagan on November 2nd.

1987 – “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was re-released. The film was 50 years old at the time of its re-release.

1995 – Peggy Lee gave her final major public performance. George Shearing and Mel Torme also performed at the show at the Hollywood Bowl.

(Source: on-this-day.com)

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