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2 August -338
Philip II Leads Macedonians Against Athens and Thebes at Battle of Chaeronea

Philip II Leads Macedonians Against Athens and Thebes at Battle of Chaeronea

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2 August 257
Pope Stephen I Martyred by Emperor Valerian's Men

Pope Stephen I Martyred by Emperor Valerian's Men

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2 August 640
Death of Pope Severinus After Reign of Just a Two Months

Death of Pope Severinus After Reign of Just a Two Months

2 August 686
Death of Pope John V

Death of Pope John V

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2 August 1057
Election of Stephen IX, Pope Who Advocates Church Reform

Election of Stephen IX, Pope Who Advocates Church Reform

2 August 1262
Pope Urban IV Renews Policy of Inquisitors Absolving Each Other of Irregularities

Pope Urban IV Renews Policy of Inquisitors Absolving Each Other of Irregularities

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2 August 1776
Official Signing of U.S. Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Official Signing of U.S. Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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2 August 1876
Death of James Butler Hickok, Better Known as Wild Bill Hickok

Death of James Butler Hickok, Better Known as Wild Bill Hickok

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2 August 1897
Birth of Karl-Otto Koch, First Commandant of Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen

Birth of Karl-Otto Koch, First Commandant of Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen

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2 August 1907

Vatican: Catholic Marriages Only Valid When Performed by Catholic Priests

2 August 1923
Birth of Shimon Peres, Future Israeli Politician

Birth of Shimon Peres, Future Israeli Politician

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2 August 1933
WW I Hero Hutchinson Begins Publishing Fascist Paper in Britain

WW I Hero Hutchinson Begins Publishing Fascist Paper in Britain

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2 August 1934
Death of Paul von Hindenburg, President of Weimar Republic in Germany

Death of Paul von Hindenburg, President of Weimar Republic in Germany

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2 August 1939
Einstein and Szilárd Urge Roosevelt to Develop Nuclear Weapons Before Nazis Do

Einstein and Szilárd Urge Roosevelt to Develop Nuclear Weapons Before Nazis Do

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2 August 1943
Treblinka Death Camp Prisoners Launch Rebellion Against Nazi Guards

Treblinka Death Camp Prisoners Launch Rebellion Against Nazi Guards

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2 August 1948
Birth of Conservative Columnist Dennis Prager

Birth of Conservative Columnist Dennis Prager

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2 August 1968
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Denies Being Leader of Scientology

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard Denies Being Leader of Scientology

2 August 1988
Franco Zeffirelli Pulls Movie From Film Festival to Protest Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

Franco Zeffirelli Pulls Movie From Film Festival to Protest Scorsese's Last Temptation of Christ

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2 August 1989
Hashemi Rafsanjani Sworn in for First Term as Iran's President

Hashemi Rafsanjani Sworn in for First Term as Iran's President

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2 August 1989
Margery Wakefield Defies Gag Order from Lawsuit Against Scientology Church

Margery Wakefield Defies Gag Order from Lawsuit Against Scientology Church

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2 August 1990
Iraq-Kuwait War Starts With Iraq Invading Kuwait

Iraq-Kuwait War Starts With Iraq Invading Kuwait

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Death of C.S. Lewis, Author and Christian Apologist
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