By the time this is posted, it will be July 2. In non leap years, July 2 is the middle of the year, with 182 days before and after. In Leap years, it is day 184, which is the second day of the second half.Many things have happened on this day.
In 1776, the Continental Congress voted to declare Independence from Great Britain. Many feel that this is the true birthday of the United States. Of course, the tradition is to celebrate on the fourth, and tradition usually wins out over facts. In a reversal from the Independence theme, in 1962, the first Wal Mart opened in Rogers, Arkansas. An actor bought a sweater.
Taking the freedom theme a step further, in 1839, fifty three rebelling African slaves, led by Joseph Cinque, took over the slave ship Amistad. In 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Actinto law.
Most days have famous people born on them. In 18th century Germany, Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714) and Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724) caught a ride with the stork. On July 2, 1877, Hermann Hesse entered the earth. 1929 saw a barefoot Imelda Marcos. In 1932, Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas was born. Richard Petty followed in 1937, Jose Canseco in 1964, and Lindsay Lohan in 1986.
How many dates feature the death of an actor who played a Funeral home employee? Fred Gwynne , who played Herman Munster, left the planet on July 2, 1993. Other performers to exit stage right include Betty Grable (1973), Lee Remick (1991), Jimmy Stewart(1997), and Beverly Sills (2007). Other famous people who didn’t see July third include Nostradamus (1566), Ernest Hemingway (1961) and Vladimir Nabokov (1977).
Death was involved in some historic events on July 2. In 1863, this was the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. This battle is considered the turning point of the War Between the States. In 1881, President James Garfield was fatally wounded by Charles Guiteau. The cartoon cat did not have a comment. 1934 saw the Night of the Long Knives. Ernst Rohm met his maker.
Many thanks to Wikipedia for the information in this repost.