The Daily News | August 2

Horace Mann, father of public education in the US, died, 1859
PT-109 rammed and sunk, 1943
Louis Bleriot, first to fly across English channel, died, 1936
Black Hawk defeated (Iowa), 1832
Einstein wrote a letter to FDR describing the atomic bomb, 1939
Macedonians rose up against Turkey, 1903
First street letter boxes installed (Boston and New York), 1858
Francis Gary Powers, US aviator, died, 1977
William Williams, signer of US Declaration of Independence, died, 1811
Earthquake in Philippines (307 killed), 1968
First peacetime production of atomic energy delivered (St. Louis), 1946
Enrico Caruso, Italian operatic tenor, died, 1921
Jacques Etienne Montgolfier, co-inventor of hot air balloon, died, 1799
Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion of Kuwait, 1990
Delta Airlines jumbo jet crashed at Dallas-Fort Worth (137 killed), 1985
Thurman Munson, New York Yankee catcher, died, 1979
A US national income tax bill was passed to aid the Union war effort, 1861
US Declaration of Independence actually signed, 1776
Thomas Gainsborough, English portrait artist (“The Blue Boy”), died, 1788
Alexander Graham Bell, telephone inventor, died, 1922
Several former Chicago White Sox and two others acquitted in “Black Sox” scandal, 1921
Warren Gamaliel Harding, 29th US president, died, 1923
Largest health-related settlement ever offered by a US company (Manville Corp., asbestos), 1985
Raymond Carver, US poet and short story writer, died, 1988