On This Day: July 2nd

July 2nd:

1964- US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law

1990- 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death after a panic in a tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

1505- After an encounter with a violent thunderstorm, Martin Luther declares that he will become a monk

1681- Earl of Shaftesbury arrested for high treason

1776- Continental Congress resolves “these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States”

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 dies 79 days later

1901- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid rob train of $40,000 at Wagner, Montana

1903- National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed from a train by force, found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later

1927- Jericho Earthquake in Palestine kills about 500

1928- British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 – the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)

1937- Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappear flying over the Pacific Ocean en route to Howland Island. Noonan is declared dead the following year, and Earhart is declared the year after (1939)

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