On this Day August 2
2001 – New Orleans International Airport is re-named Louis Armstrong Airport in honor of the New Orleans-born trumpet player, singer and bandleader during a week marking what would have been his 100th birthday.
1776 – The official signing of the Declaration of Independence takes place on this day, not July 4 as widely believed. John Hancock, president of the Congress, signs the engrossed copy with a bold signature. The other delegates, following custom, sign beginning at the right with the signatures arranged by states from northernmost New Hampshire to southernmost Georgia.
1943 – Before becoming U.S. president, John F. Kennedy is commander of a U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat (PT-109) in the Solomon Islands that is rammed by a Japanese destroyer and sliced in half. Two crewmen are killed, but 11 survive, largely due to JFK’s dramatic rescue efforts.
Own a Piece of This Day
One of These Nights
Featuring a sleek, pop-rock vibe that downplays the folk and country elements of the Eagles’ earlier prouctions, this album’s hit singles, such as “Lyin’ Eyes,” “Take It to the Limit” and the title track, “One of These Nights,” helped define the mid-’70s California sound.
Glory of Love
While best known as the longtime frontman for the band Chicago, singer Peter Cetera has also enjoyed success as a solo performer. This track, the theme from the film “Karate Kid Part II,” was a No. 1 single for two weeks during the summer of 1986.
PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy
The extraordinary World War II story of shipwreck and survival that paved John F. Kennedy’s path to power – hailed as a “breathtaking account” by James Patterson, “masterfully written” by historian Douglas Brinkley and “the finest book” ever written on the subject by Lt. Commander William Liebenow, the man who rescued JFK and the PT 109 crew in August 1943.
To Catch a Thief
Cary Grant stars as a former thief suspected of a new series of crimes and Grace Kelly as the woman who romances him in this 1955 Alfred Hitchock thriller that captured the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
Lawrence of Arabia
An epic adventure that tells the story of an heroic individual, the British intelligence officer T.E. Lawrence, and his struggles against enormous natural and political odds to win the freedom of the Arabs against the Ottoman Turks in World War I. Regarded as David Lean’s masterpiece and one of the most critically acclaimed of Hollywood films, winning seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Starring Peter O’Toole and Alec Guinness.
From Oscar-winning director James Cameron comes the story of an ex-Marine (Sam Worthington) who finds himself thrust into hostilities on an alien planet filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human mind in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds, in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. Co-starring Sigourney Weaver.