August 2

August 2 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2021 Daily Holidays that fall on August 2, include:

  • Assistance Dog Day - August 2, 2021 (Monday of International Assistance Dog Week)
  • Dinosaurs Day 
  • National CAD Day 
  • National Coloring Book Day 
  • National Ice Cream Sandwich Day 
  • Take a Penny / Leave a Penny Day 

2021 Weekly Holidays that include August 2, are:

  • Air Conditioning Appreciation Days - July 3 - August 15
  • Gallop Inter-Tribal Indian Powwow - July 30 - August 10, 2021
  • International Assistance Dog Week - August 1-7, 2021 (Starts on First Sunday in August)
  • International Clown Week - August 1-7
  • International Mathematicians Week - August 1-9
  • Knights of Columbus Family Week - August 1-7, 2021
  • National Bargain Hunting Week - August 2-6, 2021 (First Monday - Sunday Week in August)
  • National Cleanse Your Skin Week - August 1-7
  • National Farmers Market Week - August 1-7, 2021 (First Week of August)
  • National Fraud Awareness Week - August 1-7, 2021 (First Full Week in August)
  • National Health Center Week - August 1-7, 2021 (First Full Week in August)
  • National Minority Donor Awareness Week - August 1-7
  • National Psychic Week - August 2-6, 2021 (First Mon-Fri Week in August)
  • National Stop on Red Week - August 1-7, 2021
  • Perseid Meteor Showers - July 17 - August 24, 2021
  • Simplify Your Life Week - August 1-7
  • Single Working Women's Week - August 1-7, 2021 (The Full Week containing August 4, which is Single Working Women's Day)
  • World Breastfeeding Week - August 1-7 (First Full Week of August)

2021 Monthly Holidays that include August 2, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our August Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of August.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Summer Olympics - July 23 - August 8, 2021 (Held in Tokyo, Japan)
  • World Police and Fire Games - This is a biennially event held every two years.  Next event will be July 30 - August 8, 2021 and held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for August 2 is Leo.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of August are:

  • Gladiolus - Strength, moral integrity, remembrance, infatuation. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange.  It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character.


The Birthstone(s) for August is:

  • Peridot which is known for its shimmering yellow-green color and the peace and good luck it brings to its wearer.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1834 - Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty (d. 1904)
  • 1868 - Constantine I of Greece (d. 1923)
  • 1872 - George E. Stewart, Australian-American Colonel who was a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Philippine-American War
  • 1932 - Lamar Hunt, American businessman who co-founded the American Football League (d. 2006)
  • 1932 - Peter O'Toole, Irish actor, singer, and producer (Lawrence of Arabia) (d. 2013
  • 1943 - Jon R. Cavaiani, English-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient for his actions in the Vietnam War (d. 2014)

Famous Deaths

  • 1876 - Wild Bill Hickok, American lawman who was killed by Jack McCall while playing poker (b. 1837)
  • 1922 - Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-American Physicist who invented the telephone (b. 1847)
  • 1923 - Warren G. Harding, American journalist and politician who was the 29th President of the United States from 1921-23 (b. 1865)
  • 1998 - Shari Lewis, American television host and puppeteer, best known for Lamb Chop (b. 1933)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1882 - Education pioneer Booker T. Washington marries Fanny Smith
  • 1978 - Canadian singer and songwriter Neil Young marries Pegi Morton

Quote of the Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

World Breastfeeding Week is held during August 1-7, and the month of August is National Breastfeeding Month.

Healthy breastfeeding or bottle feeding, which choice is best? Kerry from Healthy Diet Habits lists out some of the health benefits to your baby from nursing on her Healthy Breastfeeding page in her Healthy Infant section of her website. (link goes to her Healthy Diet Habits website)

This Day in History

  • 1610 - Henry Hudson sails into what is now known as the Hudson Bay
  • 1776 - Formal signing of the United States Declaration of Indepence
  • 1790 - The first United States Census is conducted, the population is 3,939,214 and 697,624 are slaves
  • 1870 - The world's first underground tube railway, the Tower Subway opens in London, England
  • 1873 - San Francisco's 1st trial run of the Clay Street Hill Railroad cable car system runs between Kearny & Jones Streets
  • 1922 - China is hit by a typhoon and more than 50,000 are killed
  • 1923 - Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes the 30th President of the United States after the death of Warren G. Harding
  • 1934 - Adolf Hitler becomes Fuhrer of Germany 
  • 1934 - The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 is passed in the United States which makes marijuana and all its by-products illegal
  • 1985 - Delta Air Lines Flight 191, crashes at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport killing 137
  • 1990 - Iraq invades Kuwait which leads to the Gulf War

This Day in Music

  • 1961 - The Beatles 1st gig is as a house band at Liverpool's Cavern Club
  • 1975 - One of These Nights from the Eagles hits #1 on the US singles charts
  • 1986 - The Glory of Love, the theme song from the film, Karate Kid II, by Peter Cetera hits #1 on the US charts
  • 1986 - The Lady in Red by Chris De Burgh hits #1 in the United Kingdom (video below)
  • 1998 - The Hello Nasty album by the Beastie Boys hits #1 on the US album chart and stays on top for three weeks

This Day in Sports

  • 1959 - Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants hits his 1st of his 521 HRs
  • 1980 - US swimmers set 3 world records at the National Championships
  • 1982 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A's steals his 100th base of the season
  • 1987 - Michael Andretti clocks a 171.49 time and runs the fastest Indy car race in history
  • 1987 - Kevin Seitzer playing for the Kansas City Royals, gets 6 hits in one baseball game
  • 1987 - Eric Davis is the 7th player to hit 30 HRs and steal 30 bases in one season
  • 1992 - Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers, Hal Newhouser and Bill McGowan enter baseball's Hall of Fame

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Dolorous (verb)

1. Solemnly or ponderously sad.

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