Today in History: Today is Friday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2021

By The Associated Press

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress handed a decision saying that “these United Colonies are, and of proper should be, free and unbiased States.”

On this date:

In 1867, New York’s first elevated rail line, a single monitor between Battery Place and Greenwich Street, went into operation.

In 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau (gee-TOH’) at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.)

In 1917, rioting erupted in East St. Louis, Illinois, as white mobs attacked Black residents; practically 50 individuals, largely Blacks, are believed to have died in the violence.

In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean whereas making an attempt to make the first round-the-world flight alongside the equator.

In 1961, creator Ernest Hemingway shot himself to dying at his residence in Ketchum, Idaho.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy met Pope Paul VI at the Vatican, the first assembly between a Catholic U.S. chief government and the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into legislation a sweeping civil rights invoice handed by Congress.

In 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Gregg v. Georgia, dominated 7-2 the dying penalty was not inherently merciless or uncommon.

In 1982, Larry Walters of San Pedro, California, used a garden chair geared up with 45 helium-filled climate balloons to rise to an altitude of 16,000 ft; he landed eight miles away in Long Beach.

In 1986, ruling in a pair of circumstances, the Supreme Court upheld affirmative motion as a treatment for previous job discrimination.

In 1990, greater than 1,400 Muslim pilgrims had been killed in a stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel close to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

In 2018, rescue divers in Thailand discovered 12 boys and their soccer coach, who had been trapped by flooding as they explored a cave greater than every week earlier.

Ten years in the past: Petra Kvitova beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 to turn into the first left-handed girl to win the Wimbledon title since Martina Navratilova in 1990.

Five years in the past: Hillary Clinton was voluntarily interviewed for 3 1/2 hours by the FBI at the company’s Washington headquarters about her use of a personal e mail server as secretary of state. Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel (EL’-ee vee-ZEHL’), 87, died in New York. Oscar-winning director Michael Cimino, 77, died in Beverly Hills, California.

One yr in the past: The authorities stated employers added 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment fee fell to 11.1%, nonetheless a Depression-era stage, as the job market improved for a second straight month. The coronavirus an infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth vacation weekend. A press release posted on his Twitter account revealed that former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was being handled for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, lower than two weeks after attending President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Cain died on July 30 of issues from the virus.) Five of the 9 casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reopened amid the pandemic. British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on fees that she had helped lure at the very least three women – one as younger as 14 – to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Today’s Birthdays: Former Philippine first girl Imelda Marcos is 92. Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal is 91. Actor Robert Ito is 90. Actor Polly Holliday is 84. Racing Hall of Famer Richard Petty is 84. Former White House chief of employees and former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu is 82. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is 79. Writer-director-comedian Larry David is 74. Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, is 74. Actor Saul Rubinek is 73. Rock musician Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 72. Actor Wendy Schaal is 67. Actor-model Jerry Hall is 65. Actor Jimmy McNichol is 60. Country singer Guy Penrod is 58. Rock musician Dave Parsons (Bush) is 56. Actor Yancy Butler is 51. Contemporary Christian musician Melodee DeVevo (Casting Crowns) is 45. Actor Owain Yeoman is 43. Race automobile driver Sam Hornish Jr. is 42. NHL heart Joe Thornton is 42.

Singer Michelle Branch is 38. Actor Vanessa Lee Chester is 37. Figure skater Johnny Weir is 37. Actor Nelson Franklin is 36. Actor-singer Ashley Tisdale is 36. Actor Lindsay Lohan is 35. Actor Margot Robbie is 31.

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