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July 2nd, 2008 (July 02 2008)EventIngrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.
July 2nd, 2004 (July 02 2004)EventASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.?
July 2nd, 2003 (July 02 2003)EventSilvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament.
July 2nd, 2002 (July 02 2002)EventSteve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
July 2nd, 2001 (July 02 2001)EventAbioCor self contained artificial heart created.
July 2nd, 2000 (July 02 2000)EventVicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of Mexico from an opposition party, the Partido Accion Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
July 2nd, 1992 (July 02 1992)EventVaclav Klaus is elected Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia.
July 2nd, 1990 (July 02 1990)EventA stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel leads to the deaths of 1,426 pilgrims in Mecca during hajj.
July 2nd, 1987 (July 02 1987)EventNilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
July 2nd, 1985 (July 02 1985)EventAndrei Gromyko is appointed the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union.Andrei Gromyko Quotes
July 2nd, 1979 (July 02 1979)EventThe first U.S. coin to honor a woman, the Susan B. Anthony dollar, is introduced.Susan B. Anthony Quotes
July 2nd, 1976 (July 02 1976)EventNorth and South Vietnam, divided since 1954, reunite to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
July 2nd, 1971 (July 02 1971)EventAustralian Evonne Goolagong becomes the first Aborigine to win the Wimbledon singles tennis title.
July 2nd, 1966 (July 02 1966)EventThe French military explodes a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldebaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.
July 2nd, 1964 (July 02 1964)EventPresident Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.Lyndon Johnson Quotes
July 2nd, 1962 (July 02 1962)EventThe first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
July 2nd, 1950 (July 02 1950)EventKinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan burns down.
July 2nd, 1950 (July 02 1950)EventHenri Queuille is elected the seventh Prime Minister of the Fourth French Republic.
July 2nd, 1940 (July 02 1940)EventIndian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta.
July 2nd, 1937 (July 02 1937)EventAmelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
July 2nd, 1934 (July 02 1934)EventThe Night of the Long Knives ends with the death of Ernst Rohm.
July 2nd, 1917 (July 02 1917)EventThe East St. Louis Riots end.
July 2nd, 1900 (July 02 1900)EventFirst zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
July 2nd, 1897 (July 02 1897)EventItalian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains patent for radio in London.Guglielmo Marconi Quotes
July 2nd, 1890 (July 02 1890)EventThe U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
July 2nd, 1881 (July 02 1881)EventCharles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from infection on September 19.
July 2nd, 1878 (July 02 1878)EventThe Brighton Beach Line (now the BMT Brighton Line) opens in the then-city of Brooklyn.
July 2nd, 1871 (July 02 1871)EventVictor Emmanuel II of Italy enters Rome after its conquest from the Papal States.
July 2nd, 1870 (July 02 1870)EventJules Joseph d Anethan is elected the tenth Prime Minister of Belgium.
July 2nd, 1863 (July 02 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.
July 2nd, 1853 (July 02 1853)EventThe Russian Army invades Turkey, beginning the Crimean War.
July 2nd, 1850 (July 02 1850)EventThe self-contained gas mask is patented by Benjamin J. Lane.
July 2nd, 1839 (July 02 1839)EventTwenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinque take over the slave ship Amistad.
July 2nd, 1823 (July 02 1823)EventBahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.
July 2nd, 1808 (July 02 1808)EventSimon Fraser reaches the Pacific Ocean near New Westminster.
July 2nd, 1777 (July 02 1777)EventVermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery.
July 2nd, 1776 (July 02 1776)EventThe Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not approved until July 4.
July 2nd, 1698 (July 02 1698)EventThomas Savery patents the first steam engine
July 2nd, 1679 (July 02 1679)EventEuropeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth. Solon Quotes
July 2nd, 1644 (July 02 1644)EventEnglish Civil War: the Battle of Marston Moor.
July 2nd, 1613 (July 02 1613)EventThe first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall.
July 2nd, 1582 (July 02 1582)EventBattle of Yamazaki: Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeats Akechi Mitsuhide.
July 2nd, 1578 (July 02 1578)EventMartin Frobisher sights Baffin Island.
July 2nd, 1561 (July 02 1561)EventMenas, Emperor of Ethiopia, defeats a revolt in Emfraz.
July 2nd, 1555 (July 02 1555)EventTurgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola.
July 2nd, 1494 (July 02 1494)EventThe Treaty of Tordesillas is signed by Spain.
July 2nd, 1298 (July 02 1298)EventThe Battle of Gollheim is fought between Albert I of Habsburg and Adolf of Nassau-Weilburg.
July 2nd, 0963 (July 02 0963)EventThe imperial army proclaims Nicephorus Phocas to be Emperor of the Romans on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea.
July 2nd, 0706 (July 02 0706)EventIn China, Emperor Zhongzong of Tang has the remains of Emperor Gaozong of Tang, his wife and recently-deceased ruling empress Wu Zetian, her son Li Xian, her grandson Li Chongrun, and granddaughter Li Xianhui all interred in a new tomb complex outside Chang an known as the Qianling Mausoleum, located on Mount Liang.Tom Ze Quotes
July 2nd, 0626 (July 02 0626)EventIn fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the Incident at Xuanwu Gate. On September 4, Shimin s father abdicates in his favour and Shimin becomes Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China.
July 2nd, 0310 (July 02 0310)EventPope Miltiades is elected.

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