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This website utilizes pages from Wikipedia to extract historical events from 3761 BC up to the present. There are 105,062 records in the database that include events, births and deaths of popular individuals. The present day Gregorian calendar was adopted to show dates of interest.

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What are the important events that happened on July 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

July 2: Facts & Myths About This Day

July 2 is the 184th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 19, 2016 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 407,616 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaoctacontatetragon’ day.

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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 210 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,289 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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July 2: This Day In History

This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after (median of the year) in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time in the middle of the year is at noon, or 12:00 p.m. In the UK and other countries that use “Summer Time” the actual exact time of the mid point in a common year is at 1:00 p.m. this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to Summer Time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.

July 2 Historical Events

  • 1555
    The Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola.
  • 1582
    Battle of Yamazaki: Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeats Akechi Mitsuhide.
  • 1881
    Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from an infection on September 19.
  • 1897
    Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.
  • 1950
    The Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan burns down.

Who were born on July 2?

  • 1698
    Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena (d. 1780)
  • 1927
    Brock Peters, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1959
    Mike Hallett, English snooker player
  • 1979
    Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player
  • 1981
    Alex Koroknay-Palicz, American youth rights activist

Who died on July 2?

  • 862
    Swithun, Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Winchester (b. 789)
  • 1778
    Bathsheba Spooner, American murderer (b. 1746)
  • 1778
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher (b. 1712)
  • 2000
    Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
  • 2004
    John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist (b. 1919)

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