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, 442,680 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 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
The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall takes place.
Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth.
Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.
Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.
Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinqué take over the slave ship Amistad.
Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.
Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta.
The Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan burns down.
The French military explodes a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.
The AbioCor self contained artificial heart is first implanted.
Who were born on July 2?
Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet (d. 1803)
Jean Craighead George, American writer
Patrice Lumumba, 1st democratically elected Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (d. 1961)
Imelda Marcos, Filipino First Lady, wife of Ferdinand Marcos
Kenneth Clarke, British politician
Richard Axel, American neuroscientist, Nobel laureate
Elisabeth Brooks, Canadian actress (d. 1997)
Tony Armas, Venezuelan baseball player
Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player
Éric Dazé, Canadian ice hockey player
Who died on July 2?
Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520)
Thomas Harriot, English astronomer
Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg (b. 1614)
Samuel Hahnemann, German physician (b. 1755)
Joseph Chamberlain, British politician and businessman, father of Neville Chamberlain (b. 1836)
Joseph Fielding Smith, American religious figure, 10th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1876)
Chick Hafey, American baseball player (b. 1903)
Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
Fred Gwynne, American actor (b. 1926)
Mario Puzo, American writer (b. 1920)
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