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This Day in History for August 2

1819 – 1st parachute jump in US.

1892 – Charles A Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator.

1907 – Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit.

1909 – Army Air Corps formed as Army takes 1st delivery from Wright Brothers.

1921 – After 3 hours of deliberation a Chicago jury acquits 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal, next day banned from organized baseball for life.

1934 – 1st airplane train, plane tows 3 mail gliders behind it.

1939 – Hatch Act prohibits political activity by federal workers.

1943 – Lt John F. Kennedy’s PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon Island.

1952 – 17-year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita.

1964 – North Vietnam fires on a US destroyer in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which would eventually escalate US involvement in the Vietnam War.

1965 – Morley Safer sends 1st Vietnam report indicating the US is losing.

1972 – Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London.

1979 – Washington, D.C. trial attorney Edward Bennett Williams buys MLB’s Baltimore Orioles from Jerold Hoffberger for reported $12.3 million.

1985 – Delta Lockheed L-1011 crashes at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, 137 dies.

1990 – US President George H.W. Bush orders troops to Saudi Arabia.

1991 – Space shuttle STS 43 (Atlantis 9) launched.

2009 – Michael Phelps ends the World Swimming Championship in Rome with his 5th gold medal as part of the US 4X100m medley relay team that recorded the 43rd world record of the controversial meet.

2013 – Carl Icahn sues computer giant Dell in an attempt to derail a buyout bid by the CEO, Michael Dell.

2017 – US President Donald Trump signs legislation imposing sanctions on Russia, limiting his ability to ever lift them.

2018- Apple becomes the first American public listed company to reach $1 trillion in value.

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