What Happened on July 2

Significant Events

  • 626 Incident at Xuanwu Gate: in fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng
  • 1776 Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free and Independent States"
  • 1823 Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia
  • 1964 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law
  • 1990 Panic in tunnel of Mecca: 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death
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Did You Know?

Slaves aboard a Spanish schooner La Amistad revolt to secure their freedom while being transported from one Cuban port to another

On July 2, 1839

Would You Believe?

French frigate "La M├ęduse" runs aground under incompetent leadership of aristocrat Viscount of Chaumareys, forcing evacuation of 400 passengers. 150 men, 1 woman are left on "la Machine," a poorly provisioned raft. 13 days later only 15 survivors remain due to starvation, riots, madness, suicide, and cannibalism

On July 2, 1816

Famous Weddings

  • 1918 Jazz orchestra band leader Duke Ellington (19) weds high school sweetheart Edna Thompson
  • 1932 Platinum blonde screen goddess Jean Harlow (21) weds MGM producer Paul Bern (42)
  • 1939 Syndicated columnist Ann Landers (21) weds business executive Julius Lederer
  • 1952 Zulu-leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi marries Irene Mzila
  • 1953 Children's author Roald Dahl (36) weds stage actress Patricia Neal (27) at Trinity Church in New York

Famous Divorces

  • 1959 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage
  • 2007 Dancer Mandie Taketa divorces talk show host Wayne Brady (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage
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