A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on July 2nd. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On July 2, 1776, The Thirteen British Colonies voted to declare themselves independent from the crown.
On July 2, 1777, Vermont became the first territory in what had just (kind of) become the United States to abolish slavery.
On July 2, 1937, the last radio transmission from Amelia Earhart and her radio operator Fred Noonan was heard.
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 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.
On July 2, 1990, 1,426 faithful Muslims attending the annual pilgrimage to Mecca called the “Hajj,” were trampled and suffocated to death in a tunnel.
On July 2, 2019, the latest Marvel superhero movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, makes its debut across the United States.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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