July 2

July 2 is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of the year.
Dia di Bandera (“Day of the Flag”) in Curaçao. They adoption their national flag on July 2, 1984. Curaçao is a Lesser Antilles island in the southern Caribbean Sea and the Dutch Caribbean region, about 65 km (40 mi) north of the Venezuelan coast. It is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It formed part of the former Netherlands Antilles.
12:00 noon on July 2 is the middle of the year in non-leap years. There are 182 days 12 hours before noon and 182 days 12 hours after noon. In places where daylight savings time is used, the middle of the year occurs at 1:00 p.m.
In leap years, 12:00 midnight between July 1–2 is the middle of the year. There are 183 days before midnight and 183 days after midnight. In places where daylight savings time is used, the middle of the year occurs on July 2 at 1:00 a.m.
1492 Born today: Elizabeth Tudor (July 2, 1492–September 14, 1495, age 3y 2m 12d)

She was the second daughter and fourth child of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York.

Source: “Elizabeth daughter of Henry VII”. Westminster Abbey. <https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-commemorations/commemorations/elizabeth-daughter-of-henry-vii>

1566 Died today: Nostradamus, Michel de Nostredame (December 14, 1503–July 2, 1566, age 62y 6m 18d)

He was a French astrologer and author. His dead body was found on the morning of July 2; he died sometime during the night.

1698 Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine.
1776 American Revolution: The Continental Congress adopted a resolution severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence was not published until July 4.
1881 Charles J. Guiteau shot and fatally wounded U.S. President James Garfield (who would die of complications from his wounds on September 19).
1897 British-Italian engineer Guglielmo Marconi obtained a patent for radio in London.
1932 Born today: Dave Thomas (July 2, 1932–January 8, 2002, age 69y 6m 6d)

He was an American businessman and philanthropist, founded Wendy’s.

1937 Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
1937 Born today: Richard Petty (July 2, 1937– , age )

He was an American race car driver who raced NASCAR from 1958 to 1992 and a sportscaster.

1962 The first Walmart store, then known as Wal-Mart, opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
1973 Died today: Betty Grable (December 18, 1916–July 2, 1973, age 56y 6m 14d)

She was an American actress, pin-up girl, dancer, model, and singer.

1976 South Vietnam ceased to exist. Communist North Vietnam annexed South Vietnam to form the unified Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
1993 Died today: Fred Gwynne (July 10, 1926–July 2, 1993, age 66y 11m 22d)

He was an American actor, artist and author. Gwynne was best known for his 1960s sitcom roles as Officer Francis Muldoon in Car 54, Where Are You? and as Herman Munster in The Munsters.

2002 Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.
2013 The International Astronomical Union named Pluto’s fourth and fifth moons, Kerberos and Styx.

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