2 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Thomas Cranmer first Protestant Archbishop Canterbury, 1489
  • Christoph Gluck, 1714
  • Hermann Hesse, 1877
  • Zelda Fitzgerald, 1900
  • Tyrone Guthrie, 1900
  • Olav V Norway, 1903
  • Sir Alec Douglas-Home, 1903
  • René Lacoste, 1904
  • Thurgood Marshall, 1908
  • Robert W. Sarnoff, 1918
  • Patrice Lumumba, 1925
  • Medgar Evers, 1925
  • John Sununu, 1939
  • Ron Silver, 1946
  • Larry David, 1947
  • Cheryl Ladd, 1951
  • Jerry Hall, 1956
  • Jose Canseco, 1964
  • Lindsay Lohan, 1986

Died On This Day:

  • Saint Swithun, AD 862
  • Nostradamus, 1566
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1778
  • Sir Robert Peel, 1850
  • Joseph Chamberlain, 1914
  • Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, 1917
  • King Manual II of Portugal, 1932
  • Amelia Earhart disappears, 1937
  • Ernest Hemingway suicide, 1961
  • Betty Grable, 1973
  • Vladimir Nabokov, 1977
  • Michael Bennett AIDS, 1987
  • Andrei Gromyko, 1989
  • Lee Remick, 1991
  • Fred Gwynne, 1993
  • Jimmy Stewart, 1997
  • Mario Puzo, 1999
  • Beverly Sills, 2007
  • Elie Wiesel, 2016

Today's Events:

  • 1644 - Parliamentarians under Cromwell victorious over Royalists at Battle of Marston Moor; 4,000 dead.
  • 1777 - Vermont becomes first territory (not yet a State) to abolish slavery.
  • 1819 - Factory act in Britain - don't hire kids under 9 in textiles; under 16s can't work more than 12 hrs.
  • 1860 - Queen Victoria fires first shot at inaugural meeting of British National Rifle Association.
  • 1881 - President Garfield shot in Washington D.C. by Charles Guiteau.
  • 1890 - Sherman Anti-Trust Law enacted in U.S.
  • 1900 - First Zeppelin Trial flights.
  • 1919 - First dirigible (R 34) to cross Atlantic takes off from Scotland with crew of 31
  • 1921 - First prizefight with million-dollar gate held at Jersey City. Dempsey KO's Carpentier in 4th.
  • 1926 - U.S. Army Air Corps established.
  • 1932 - Democratic candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt pledges 'New Deal' for Americans.
  • 1937 - Amelia Earhart's plane disappears near Howland Island in South Pacific.
  • 1940 - German sub torpedoes Blue Star liner Arandora Star transporting 714 German and Italian prisoners.
  • 1957 - 7.4 earthquake in northeast of Tehran, Iran kills 2,500.
  • 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act prohibiting racial discrimination into law.
  • 1990 - 1,400 Muslim pilgrims suffocated, crushed to death in stampede in tunnel leading to city of Mecca.
  • 2002 - Steve Fosset becomes first person to fly balloon alone around the world after 5 failures.

Holiday:

  • Festival of the Palio in Sienna, Italy
  • Festival of the Visitation of Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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