Today in History: 2nd August

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 Historical Events:

• 1819: First parachute jump in US.
• 1870: Tower Subway, the world’s first underground tube railway, opens in London.
• 1934: Adolf Hitler becomes commander-in-chief of German armed forces.
• 1985: NASA launches space vehicle S-209

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1961: Beatles 1st gig as house band of Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
• 1991: Funk singer Rick James, arrested on sexual torture charges.
• 1982: Roger Ebert’s Movie News premieres on ABC FM network.
• 1979: "Broadway Opry ’79" closes at St James Theater New York City after 6 perfs.

Sports:

• 1969: The SA rugby team beats Australia 30-11 in Johannesburg.
• 1997: The SA rugby team loses 20-32 against Australia in the Tri-nation series in Brisbane.
• 1980: US swimmers set 3 world records at National championships.
• 1987: Chris Johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am.

Source: historyorb.com & sahistory.org.com
Compiled by: Thandi Xaba