Famous birthdays, deaths and events of July 2
1029 - Caliph Al-Mustansir of Cairo, (d. 1094) 1363 - Mary, Queen of Sicily (d. 1401) 1667 - Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal (d. 1740) 1714 - Christoph Willibald von Gluck, German composer (d. 1787) 1724 - Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet (d. 1803) 1819 - Charles-Louis Hanon, French composer (d. 1900) 1849 - Maria Theresia of Austria-Este, queen of Bavaria (d. 1919) 1865 - Lily Braun, German writer (d. 1916) 1876 - Wilhelm Cuno, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1933) 1877 - Hermann Hesse, German-born writer 1884 - Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (d. 1931) 1890 - Earl Roy Curry, religious thinker and Kirtland Temple overseer (d. 1980) 1900 - Tyrone Guthrie, English actor (d. 1971) 1904 - René Lacoste, French tennis player (d. 1996) 1908 - Thurgood Marshall, American Supreme Court Justice (d. 1993) 1916 - Ken Curtis, American actor and singer (d. 1991) 1917 - Murry Wilson, American musician and producer (The Beach Boys) (d. 1973) 1919 - Jean Craighead George, American writer 1923 - Wis³awa Szymborska, Polish writer 1926 - Octavian Paler, Romanian writer 1927 - Brock Peters, American actor (d. 2005) 1933 - Kenny Wharram, Canadian hockey player 1934 - Tom Springfield, British singer and songwriter (The Springfields) 1937 - Polly Holliday, American actress 1937 - Richard Petty, American race car driver 1939 - Paul Williams, American singer (The Temptations) (d. 1973) 1941 - Stéphane Venne, French Canadian songwriter 1943 - Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist 1946 - Ron Silver, American actor 1947 - Larry David, American television producer 1948 - Saul Rubinek, Canadian film actor 1948 - Gene McFadden, American songwriter (d. 2006) 1949 - Roy Bittan, American musician (E Street Band) 1949 - Hanno Pöschl, Austrian actor 1949 - Robert Paquette, French Canadian singer and songwriter 1953 - Mark Hart, British musician (Crowded House and Supertramp) 1953 - Tony Armas, Venezuelan baseball player 1954 - Pete Briquette, Irish musician (Boomtown Rats) 1955 - Andrew Divoff, Venezuelan actor 1956 - Jerry Hall, American actress 1957 - Bret "Hitman" Hart, Canadian wrestler 1959 - Mike Hallett, English snooker player 1960 - Terry Rossio, American screenwriter 1961 - Michael Lindsay, Voice actor 1963 - Mark Kermode, British film critic 1964 - José Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player 1964 - Ozzie Canseco, Cuban-born American baseball player 1964 - Joe Magrane, American baseball player 1964 - Charles Robinson, American wrestling referee 1969 - Matthew Cox, American convicted felon 1970 - Yancy Butler, American actress 1970 - Colin Edwin, Australian musician (Porcupine Tree) 1970 - Scotty 2 Hotty, American wrestler 1970 - Monie Love, English rapper 1970 - Steve Morrow, Irish footballer 1971 - Evelyn Lau, Canadian author 1971 - Troy Brown, American football player 1972 - Darren Shan, Irish children's author 1973 - Peter Kay, British comedian 1974 - Sean Casey, American baseball player 1974 - Moon So-ri, South Korean actress 1974 - Matthew Reilly, Australian author 1974 - Rocky Gray, American musician 1975 - Erik Ohlsson, Swedish guitarist (Millencolin) 1975 - Éric Dazé, French Canadian ice hockey player 1976 - Krisztián Lisztes, Hungarian footballer 1976 - Tomáš Vokoun, Czech hockey player 1976 - Ivan Tomiæ,Croatian buissnesman, 1979 - Diana Gurtskaya, Georgian singer 1979 - Sam Hornish, Jr. 1979 - Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player 1981 - Angel Pagán, Puerto Rican baseball player 1981 - Aaron Voros, Canadian hockey player 1982 - Olivia Munn, American television hostess 1983 - Michelle Branch, American singer (The Wreckers) 1983 - Sammy J, Australian comedian 1984 - Vanessa Lee Chester, American actress 1984 - Thomas Kortegaard, Danish footballer 1984 - Maarten Martens, Belgian footballer 1984 - Johnny Weir, American figure skater 1985 - Rhett Bomar, American football player 1985 - Chad Henne, American football player 1985 - Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer 1986 - Lindsay Lohan, American actress and singer 1987 - Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (d. 2008)
1504 - ªtefan cel Mare, Prince of Moldova (b. 1434) 1566 - Nostradamus, French astrologer (b. 1503) 1582 - Akechi Mitsuhide, Japanese samurai (b. 1528) 1591 - Vincenzo Galilei, Italian composer (b. 1520) 1656 - François-Marie, comte de Broglie 1746 - Thomas Baker, English antiquarian (b. 1656) 1822 - Denmark Vesey, American who planned slave revolt 1857 - Carlo Pisacane, Italian patriot (b. 1818) 1903 - Ed Delahanty, American Hall of Fame baseball player (b. 1867) 1912 - Tom Richardson, English cricket player (b. 1870) 1926 - Émile Coué, French psychologist (b. 1857) 1929 - Gladys Brockwell, American actress (b. 1893) 1932 - Manuel II of Portugal, (b. 1889) 1934 - Ernst Röhm, Nazi official (b. 1887) 1961 - Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899) 1964 - Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American race car driver (b. 1929) 1966 - Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (b. 1900) 1969 - Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923) 1973 - Betty Grable, American actress (b. 1916) 1973 - Chick Hafey, baseball player (b. 1903) 1973 - George McBride, baseball player (b. 1880) 1975 - James Robertson Justice, British actor (b. 1907) 1977 - Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-born writer (b. 1899) 1978 - Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist 1985 - David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945) 1986 - Peanuts Lowrey, baseball player (b. 1917) 1989 - Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920) 1991 - Lee Remick, American actress (b. 1935) 1992 - Camarón de la Isla, Spanish flamenco singer (b. 1950) 1993 - Fred Gwynne, American actor (b. 1926) 1993 - Sir Edward Dunlop, Australian war hero (b. 1907) 1994 - Andrés Escobar, Colombian footballer (b. 1967) 1995 - Krissy Taylor, American model (b. 1978) 1997 - Jimmy Stewart, American actor (b. 1908) 1999 - Mario Puzo, American author (b. 1920) 2000 - Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (b. 1952) 2002 - Ray Brown, American jazz bassist (b. 1926) 2004 - Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese writer (b. 1919) 2005 - Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (b. 1915) 2006 - Jan Murray, American comedian (b. 1916) 2007 - Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano (b. 1929) 2008 - Natasha Shneider, Russian-born musician (b. 1956) 2008 - Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929) 2010 - Beryl Bainbridge, British novelist (born 1934)
1298 - The Battle of Göllheim is fought between Albert I of Habsburg and Adolf of Nassau-Weilburg. 1494 - The Treaty of Tordesillas is signed by Spain. 1555 - Turgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola. 1578 - Martin Frobisher sights Baffin Island. 1582 - Battle of Yamazaki: Toyotomi Hideyoshi defeats Akechi Mitsuhide. 1613 - The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall. 1644 - English Civil War: the Battle of Marston Moor. 1698 - Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine 1679 - Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth. 1776 - The Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not approved until July 4. 1777 - Vermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery. 1808 - Simon Fraser reaches the Pacific Ocean near New Westminster. 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. 1839 - Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinque take over the slave ship Amistad. 1850 - The self-contained gas mask is patented by Benjamin J. Lane. 1853 - The Russian Army invades Turkey, beginning the Crimean War. 1863 - American Civil War: second day of the Battle of Gettysburg. 1870 - Jules Joseph d'Anethan is elected the tenth Prime Minister of Belgium. 1871 - Victor Emmanuel II of Italy enters Rome after its conquest from the Papal States. 1881 - Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from infection on September 19. 1890 - The U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. 1897 - Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains patent for radio in London. 1900 - First zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany. 1917 - The East St. Louis Riots end. 1934 - The Night of the Long Knives ends with the death of Ernst Röhm. 1937 - Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight. 1940 - Indian independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose is arrested and detained in Calcutta. 1950 - Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto, Japan burns down. 1950 - Henri Queuille is elected the seventh Prime Minister of the Fourth French Republic. 1962 - The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas. 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places. 1966 - The French military explodes a nuclear test bomb codenamed Aldébaran in Mururoa, their first nuclear test in the Pacific. 1976 - North and South Vietnam, divided since 1954, reunite to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. 1979 - The first U.S. coin to honor a woman, the Susan B. Anthony dollar, is introduced. 1985 - Andrei Gromyko is appointed the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. 1987 - Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. 1990 - A stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel leads to the deaths of 1,426 pilgrims in Mecca during hajj. 2000 - Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional. 2001 - AbioCor self contained artificial heart created. 2002 - Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon. 2003 - Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament. 2004 - ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.¨ 2008 - Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.