Browsing: July 2

A Brief History On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest American writers and Most Interesting Man in the World, committed suicide by shooting himself with his favorite shotgun.  On August 12 on this website you will find a list of 10 Famous Suicides and today we list another 10 suicides of a noteworthy nature, either because of whom the victim was or the circumstances.  Who would you include on this list? Digging Deeper 1. Ernest Hemingway, 1961. Born in 1900, Hemingway served during World War I as an ambulance driver in Italy where he saw the horrors of…

A Brief History On July 2, 1962, the American way of life started to change with the first drop of rain in what was to become a downpour, as the first Walmart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas. Whether that change was for the better or for the worse is a controversy debated fiercely by both sides.  (Note: In 2008 the name was changed fro Wal-Mart to Walmart.) Digging Deeper Former JC Penney employee Sam Walton decided to go into business for himself in 1945 when he bought a Ben Franklin Five and Dime store.  Sam operated on the premise of high volume through lower prices and it worked.  Walton…

A Brief History On July 2, 1777, Vermont became the first territory in what had just (kind of) become the United States to abolish slavery.  Several other significant Civil Rights related events happened on July 2nd, and we list some of them here. Digging Deeper 1776:  Continental Congress votes to declare Independence from Britain.  (Actual document we know as the Declaration of Independence voted on July 4, 1776.)  Independence from Britain actually hurt the cause of Civil Rights as Britain abolished slavery in 1833, over 20 years before it was abolished in the United States. 1777:  Vermont Abolishes Slavery, well,…

A Brief History On July 2, 1937, the last radio transmission from Amelia Earhart and her radio operator Fred Noonan was heard.  After that, they were never seen or heard again, lost over the vast Pacific.  Earhart was an aviation pioneer and perhaps the world’s best known aviatrix.  Other famous or important people have also died in aircraft mishaps, and here we list 10 of them, hopefully among the most interesting if not the most famous.  (Quite a few entertainers have died in airplane crashes so we cannot list all of them, and famous air to air combat aces that…