On This Day

What Happened on July 2

Important 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 and 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 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death after a panic in a tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Jul 2 in Film & TV

  • 1928 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

Jul 2 in Music

  • 2005 10 Live 8 concerts held around the world organised by Bob Geldof to raise awareness of poverty

Jul 2 in Sport

  • 1989 American jockey Steve Cauthen wins Irish Derby on Old Vic to become the first rider in history to sweep the world's 4 major Derbies (Kentucky, Epsom, French, Irish)

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 Méduse" 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

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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