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1776At the Continental Congress, John Dickinson abstains from the votes that declare independence

1787Marquis de Sade shouts from Bastille that prisoners are being slaughtered

1881US President James Garfield shot by Charles J Guiteau a disappointed office-seeker; Garfield died 79 days later

1900First flight LZ-1, of a dirigible airship designed by Graf Ferdinand von Zeppelin, at Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1901Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid rob train of $40,000 at Wagner, Montana

1916Lenin says Imperialism is caused by capitalism

1921Jack Dempsey KOs George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match (Dempsey KOs Carpentier)

1921Warren G. Harding signs a joint congressional resolution declaring the official end of war with Germany

1932FDR makes 1st presidential nominating conventional acceptance speech

1937Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean

1940Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)

1956Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"

1962Fidel Castro visits Moscow

1963Giant Willie Mays' HR in 16th inning gives them a 1-0 win over Braves

1964Cilla Black records Beatle's "Its For You", Paul McCartney plays piano

196579th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Roy Emerson beats Fred Stolle (62 64 64)

197683rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Chris Evert beats E Goolagong (63 46 86)

197791st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Bjorn Borg beats Connors (36 62 61 57 64)

1986After 14 wins, Roger Clemens suffer his 1st loss of year

198895th Wimbledon Womens Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Navratilova (5-7 6-2 6-1)

1991Donald Trump proposes to Marla Maples and gives her a 7.5 carat diamond ring

1993Pope John Paul II hospitalized for Cat Scan test

On This Day In History
Date Event
Jul 2, 311
St Militiades begins his reign as Catholic Pope 
Jul 2, 626
In fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the Incident at Xuanwu Gate. On September 4, Shimin's father abdicates in his favour and Shimin becomes Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China. 
Jul 2, 706
In China, Emperor Zhongzong of Tang has the remains of Emperor Gaozong of Tang, his wife and recently-deceased ruling empress Wu Zetian, her son Li Xian, her grandson Li Chongrun, and granddaughter Li Xianhui all interred in a new tomb complex outside Chang'an known as the Qianling Mausoleum, located on Mount Liang. 
Jul 2, 963
The imperial army proclaims Nicephorus Phocas to be Emperor of the Romans on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea. 
Jul 2, 1140
Hartbert becomes bishop of Utrecht 
Jul 2, 1214
Battle of La Roche-aux-Moines (Angers), part of King John of England attempt to reclaim Normandy from France 
Jul 2, 1298
Battle on Hasenbuhl (Gollheim) between German kings Adolf & Albrecht I 
Jul 2, 1555
Turgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola. 
Jul 2, 1561
Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, defeats a revolt in Emfraz. 
Jul 2, 1576
Muitende Spanish soldiers conquer Zierik Sea 
Jul 2, 1578
Martin Frobisher sights Baffin Island. 
Jul 2, 1582
Battle of Yamazaki: Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeats Akechi Mitsuhide. 
Jul 2, 1600
Battle at Newport: Earl Mauritius van Nassau beats Spanish Army 
Jul 2, 1613
The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall. 
Jul 2, 1644
Battle of Marston Moor, North Yorkshire: Parliamentary forces under Lords Fairfax and Manchester defeat royalists led by Prince Rupert 
Jul 2, 1679
Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth. 
Jul 2, 1681
Earl of Shaftesbury arrested for high treason 
Jul 2, 1687
King James II disbands English parliament 
Jul 2, 1698
Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine 
Jul 2, 1776
NJ Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds 
Jul 2, 1776
Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free & Independent States" 
Jul 2, 1776
At the Continental Congress, John Dickinson abstains from the votes that declare independence 
Jul 2, 1787
Marquis de Sade shouts from Bastille that prisoners are being slaughtered 
Jul 2, 1794
2nd Battle of Seneffe: France-Austria 
Jul 2, 1808
Simon Fraser completes his trip down Fraser R, BC, lands at Musqueam 
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