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Today In History - July 2
Richard Petty
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Richard Petty

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Today in History in 1776  The Continental Congress resolved "these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States;” in 1843 an alligator fell from the sky in Charleston, S.C. during a thunderstorm; and in 1937 American NASCAR Driver  Richard Petty (Daytona 500 - 1979 & 81) was born in Level Cross, N.C.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1776 - Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States"
  • 1823 - Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.
  • 1843 - An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1881 - US President James Garfield shot by Charles J. Guiteau a disappointed office-seeker; Garfield died 79 days later
  • 1937 - Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean
  • 1940 - Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion)
  • 1955 - "Lawrence Welk Show" premieres on ABC
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"
  • 1964 - US President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act & Voting Rights Act into law
  • 1990 - Panic in tunnel of Mecca: 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death
  • 2002 - Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1877 - Hermann Hesse, Switzerland, novelist/poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), (d. 1962)
  • 1894 - Walter Brennan, Swampscott Mass, actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point)
  • 1908 - Thurgood Marshall, 1st African American Supreme Court justice (1967-91), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1993)
  • 1929 - Imelda Marcos, politician/shoe collector/former 1st lady of Philippines, congresswoman
  • 1937 - Polly Holliday, Jasper Ala, actress (Flo-Alice, Flo-Flo)
  • 1937 - Richard Petty, American NASCAR Driver (Daytona 500 - 1979 & 81), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1947 - Larry David, Brooklyn NY, actor/comedian/writer (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm)
  • 1985 - Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer
  • 1986 - Lindsay Lohan, American actress (Alli Fowler-Another World), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

  • 1918 - Jazz orchestra band leader Duke Ellington (19) weds high school sweetheart Edna Thompson
  • 1932 - Platinum blonde screen goddess Jean Harlow (21) weds MGM producer Paul Bern (42)
  • 1939 - Syndicated columnist Ann Landers (21) weds business executive Julius Lederer
  • 1952 - Zulu-leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi marries Irene Mzila
  • 1953 - Author Roald Dahl (36) weds stage actress Patricia Neal (27) at Trinity Church in New York
  • 1955 - Desmond Tutu marries Leah Nomalizo Shinxani
  • 1955 - NFL placekicker Pat Summerall (25) weds Kathy Jacobs
  • 1959 - Belgian Albert, Prince of Liège marries Dona Paola, Princess Ruffo di Calabria in Brussels
  • 1964 - Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (52) weds Sigmond Galloway
  • 1994 - "Green Day" vocalist Billie Joe Armstrong (22) weds Adeline Records co-owner Adrienne Nesser (24)
  • 2004 - Actress Mira Sorvino (36) weds actor Christopher Backus (23) in a private civil ceremony at the Santa Barbara Courthouse
  • 2010 - Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean (23) weds Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller (29) in San Diego
  • 2011 - Charlene Princess of Monaco (33) weds Prince Albert II of Monaco (53) at the Church of St Devote of Monaco
  • 2013 - Actor John Barrowman (46) weds longtime boyfriend Scott Gill in California

Famous Divorces

  • 1959 - MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage
  • 2007 - Dancer Mandie Taketa divorces talk show host Wayne Brady (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1566 - Nostradamus, [Michel de Nostre-Dam], French astrologist, dies at 62
  • 1850 - Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British PM/founder London Police, dies at 62
  • 1931 - Stephen Babcock, American Agricultural Chemist (Babcock test and father of scientific dairying), dies at 87
  • 1961 - Ernest Hemingway, American author and Nobel laureate, dies from suicide at 61
  • 1991 - Lee Remick, actress (Days of Wine & Roses), dies of cancer at 55
  • 1993 - Fred Gwynne, actor (Herman-Munsters), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • 1995 - Gail Gordon, actor (Our Miss Brooks, Lucy Show), dies of cancer at 89
  • 1997 - Jimmy Stewart, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 89
  • 1999 - Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78
  • 2006 - Jan Murray, American comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2007 - Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929) 

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