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 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 19, 2020 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,560,800 minutes 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 225 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 2,750 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
Li Shimin, the future Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China, ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the Incident at Xuanwu Gate.
Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth.
Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.
The U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.
The first Zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta.
The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
The French military explodes a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.
37 participants in an Alevi cultural and literary festival are killed when a mob of demonstrators set fire to their hotel in Sivas during a violent protest.
Who were born on July 2?
Tyrone Guthrie, English actor (d. 1971)
Christos Tsaganeas, Greek actor (d. 1976)
Frederick Fennell, American conductor (d. 2004)
Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (d. 2007)
Imelda Marcos, Filipino First Lady, wife of Ferdinand Marcos
Robert Paquette, French-Canadian singer and songwriter
Michele Santoro, Italian TV journalist
Alan Tait, Scotland rugby player
Tim Christensen, Danish singer and multi-instrumentalist (Dizzy Mizz Lizzy)
Lee Chung-Yong, South Korean footballer
Who died on July 2?
Swithun, Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Winchester (b. 789)
Akechi Mitsuhide, Japanese samurai (b. 1528)
Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington, 2nd Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1673)
Tom Richardson, English cricketer (b. 1870)
William Louis Marshall, American general and engineer (b. 1846)
Joseph Fielding Smith, American religious figure, 10th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1876)
James Robertson Justice, British actor (b. 1907)
Andrés Escobar, Colombian footballer (b. 1967)
Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952)
Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929)
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