Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/July 2
This is a list of selected July 2 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.
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|963 – The Eastern forces of the Byzantine army proclaimed Nicephorus Phocas to be Byzantine Emperor on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea.||needs more footnotes|
|1839 – Over fifty African slaves mutinied on the slave ship La Amistad off the coast of Cuba.||refimprove|
|1900 – The first Zeppelin flight occurred over Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.||refimprove sections|
- 626 – During the Xuanwu Gate Incident, Prince Li Shimin led his forces to assassinate his rival brothers, Crown Prince Li Jiancheng and Prince Li Yuanji, in a bloody palace coup for the Tang Dynasty throne.
- 1644 – The combined forces of the Scottish Covenanters and the English Parliamentarians defeated the Royalists at the Battle of Marston Moor, one of the decisive encounters of the English Civil War, near York.
- 1881 – U.S. President James A. Garfield was fatally shot at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station in Washington, D.C.
- 1937 – Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart (pictured) and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight.
- 1962 – The first Walmart store, now the largest retailer in the world, opened in Rogers, Arkansas, US.
- 1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, outlawing segregation in schools, at the workplace, and other facilities that served the general public.
- 1997 – The Thai baht rapidly lost half of its value, marking the beginning of the Asian financial crisis.
- 2000 – In the Mexican general election, Vicente Fox was elected to be the first President of Mexico from an opposition party in 71 years.
- 2002 – American aviator Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon, completing an almost 14-day trip after landing in Queensland, Australia.
- 706 – In China, Emperor Zhongzong of Tang interred the final bodies in the Qianling Mausoleum, which remained unopened until the 1960s.
- 1890 – The U.S. Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act, the first United States government action to limit monopolies.
- 1917 – White residents of East St. Louis, Illinois, burned entire sections of the city and shot black inhabitants as they escaped the flames.
- 1950 – A mentally ill Buddhist monk set fire to the Golden Pavilion at Kinkaku-ji (restoration pictured), destroying what is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan.
- 1976 – More than a year after the end of the Vietnam War, North and South Vietnam officially united under communist rule to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.