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 183rd day of the year 2022 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, 2022 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 27,612,000 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 ‘hectaoctacontatrigon’ 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 204 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 3,480 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.
In China, Emperor Zhongzong of Tang inters the bodies of relatives in the Qianling Mausoleum, located on Mount Liang outside Chang'an.
Vermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery.
Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.
The East St. Louis Riots end.
The Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan burns down.
The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.
The French military explodes a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific.
The South Kivu tank truck explosion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kills at least 230 people.
Who were born on July 2?
Elizabeth Tudor, English princess (d. 1495)
George Law Curry, American newspaper publisher and 5th and 7th Governor of the Oregon Territory (d. 1878)
John A. Cade, American politician
Polly Holliday, American actress
Vicente Fox, Mexican politician, 35th President of Mexico
Ron Silver, American actor (d. 2009)
Johnny Colla, American guitarist and saxophonist (Huey Lewis and the News)
Rocky Gray, American drummer and guitarist (Evanescence, Living Sacrifice)
Tim Christensen, Danish singer and multi-instrumentalist (Dizzy Mizz Lizzy)
Aaron Voros, Canadian hockey player
Who died on July 2?
King Adolf of Germany (b. 1220)
Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington, 2nd Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1673)
Denmark Vesey, St. Thomas-born American freed slave who planned a revolt, hanged (b. c. 1767)
Joseph Chamberlain, British politician and businessman, father of Neville Chamberlain (b. 1836)
Porfirio Díaz, Mexican general and politician, 19th, 21st and 23rd President of Mexico (b. 1830)
Ernest Hemingway, American writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)
Betty Grable, American actress (b. 1916)
Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born writer (b. 1899)
Krissy Taylor, American model (b. 1978)
Mario Puzo, American writer (b. 1920)
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