This Day in History: July 2


On this day, July 2 … 

1937: Aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator.

Also on this day:

  • 1881: President James A. Garfield is shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield would the following September. (Guiteau would be hanged in June 1882.)
  • 1890: Congress passes the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • 1892: The Populist Party (also known as the People’s Party) opens its first national convention in Omaha, Neb.

  • 1961: Ernest Hemingway shoots himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
  • 1962: The first Walmart store opens in Rogers, Ark.

  • 1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress. 
  • 1979: The Susan B. Anthony dollar coin is issued, the first circulating coin to feature a woman.
The trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez was covered heavily by Court TV, which is returning to screens in America.

The trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez was covered heavily by Court TV, which is returning to screens in America.
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  • 1996: Seven years after they shot-gunned their parents to death in the family’s Beverly Hills mansion, Lyle and Erik Menendez are sentenced to life in prison without parole.
  • 2002: Steve Fossett becomes the first man to fly nonstop solo around the world in a balloon.
  • 2018: Rescue divers in Thailand find 12 boys and their soccer coach, who had been trapped by flooding as they explored a cave more than a week earlier.



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