On This Day

On This Day in History for July 2 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1976 US Supreme Court rules death penalty not inherently cruel or unusual
  • 1976 Ramble Inn attack: the Ulster Volunteer Force killed 6 civilians (5 Protestants, 1 Catholic) in a gun attack at a pub near Antrim; the pub was targeted because it was owned by Catholics

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1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1980 Julie Marie Bryan, 18, of Georgia, crowned America's Young Woman of Yr
  • 1982 Larry Walters using lawn chair & 42 helium balloons, rose to 16,000'
  • 1982 Soyuz T-6 returns to Earth
  • 1982 In South Africa, the Internal Security Act is passed, giving massive powers to the authorities to investigate any organization or publication
  • 1985 Andrei Gromyko appointed president of USSR
  • 1985 European Space Agency launches Giotto (Halley's Comet Flyby)

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1986 General strike against Pinochet regime in Chile

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 1986 US Supreme Court upholds affirmative action in 2 rulings
  • 1987 Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
  • 1988 Lester Dumakude, commander of an Umkhonto we Sizwe special operations unit, detonate a car bomb by remote control outside Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa

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1989 Tiananmen Square student leader Wang Dan arrested and imprisoned for spreading counterrevolutionary propaganda and incitement (trial not till 1991)

Chinese Dissident Wang Dan
Chinese Dissident
Wang Dan

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1990 Imelda Marcos and Adnan Khashoggi found not guilty of racketeering

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos
  • 1990 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death after a panic in a tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

  • 1992 Braniff Airlines goes out of business
  • 1993 Boat sinks at Bocaue Philippines, 325 die
  • 1993 F-28 crashes at Sorong Irian Barat, 41 die
  • 1993 Muslim fundamentalists in Sivas, Turkey, set hotel on fire, kill 36

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1993 Pope John Paul II hospitalized for Cat Scan test

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1994 John Wayne Bobbitt & Kristina Elliot arrested for domestic battery
  • 1994 US Air DC-9 crash in North Carolina, 37 killed
  • 1995 Thailand: Banharn Silpa-Archa's party wins election
  • 1998 "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" the second book in the series is published by Bloomsbury in the UK
  • 2000 Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
  • 2001 AbioCor self contained artificial heart created.
  • 2001 Bush Administration announce that it will seek to let oil companies drill on about 1,500,000 acres of the Gulf of Mexico
  • 2001 UN Security Council, facing an almost certain Russian veto, agrees to postpone indefinitely a vote on the US-led "smart sanctions" package for Iraq
  • 2002 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
  • 2003 Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament.
  • 2004 ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.
  • 2005 Live 8 concert in Red Square, Moscow, Russia; performers include Pet Shop Boys, Agata Kristi, Splean, and Red Elvises
  • 2005 Live 8 concert at the Eden Project, Cornwall, England; performers included Daara J, Thomas Mapfumo, Youssou N'Dour, Angelique Kidjo, and Coco Mbassi
  • 2008 Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
  • 2010 Oil tanker truck explosion in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, kills at least 230 people

  • 2012 GlaxoSmithKline settles the largest healthcare fraud case in history for US$3 Billion
  • 2012 Monsoon rain in East India kills at least 79 people and leaves 2.2 million homeless
  • 2013 16 people are killed and 200 are injured in protest clashes at Cairo University against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

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2014 Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is criminally charged with corruption by French prosecutors

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • 2015 BP agrees to compensate US government & gulf states $18.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
  • 2015 62 people are killed after the Kim Nirvana ferry capsizes off the coast of the Philippines
  • 2016 Large lorry bomb in Baghdad kills at least 125 people and wounds 150, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup: Germany defeats Chile 1-0 to win for the 1st time at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 2017 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie causes uproar by day at beach during his government's shutdown of beaches
  • 2017 World Health Organization declares Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo over (4 deaths)
  • 2018 270,000 people now displaced by fighting in south-western Syria says UN since assault on rebel-held area two weeks ago
  • 2018 British divers discover 12 boys and their coach alive in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand after being trapped for 9 days by monsoon flooding

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2019 Germany's Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman nominated to lead the European Commission with France's Christine Lagarde 1st woman nominated to lead the European Central Bank

Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat Christine Lagarde
Lawyer, Politician and International Bureaucrat
Christine Lagarde
  • 2019 Air strike kills at least 40 people at Libyan migrant center in Tripoli, with Libyan National Army blamed
  • 2019 Total solar eclipse over Chile and Argentina
  • 2019 Virginie Viard presents her first haute couture collection as designer at Chanel after the death of Karl Lagerfeld at the Grand Palais
  • 2020 Texas Governor Greg Abbott makes wearing face masks mandatory as cases of coronavirus soar in the state
  • 2020 More than 160 people die after a landslide at a jade mine in northern Hpakant area of Myanmar
  • 2021 India's known COVID-19 deathtoll passes 400,000 with 30.45 million cases, amid expert speculation that over one million have died [1]

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