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July 2: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 2

July 2nd is a special day, as it’s the day we celebrate World UFO Day and I Forgot Day.

Welcome to day 183 of the year folks, there are 182 days left of the year.

Everyone who was born on July 2nd shares the same zodiac sign, Cancer.

If you were born on this day, you should learn about what happened on this day throughout history, including important historical events, and what celebrities you share your birthday with.

Did you know that on this day in 1843, an alligator reportedly fell from the sky in a thunderstorm in South Carolina? The dazed animal was found in the city of Charleston.

Keep reading for more facts about July 2nd in history!

What Happened On July 2 In History?


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by the US President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The legislation was originally proposed by President John F. Kennedy. After his assassination, Johnson pushed the bill forward. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws discrimiantion based on race, sex, color, religion, and national origin.

The first Walmart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.


American aviator, Amelia Earhart disappeared.

OTD in 1937: American aviator
On this day Amelia and navigator Frederick Noonan where on a journey around the world. They had set off from New Guinea to Howard Island which is a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The duo lost their bearings and were never seen again.

The Salvation Army was founded by William and Catherine Booth in London.


The Salvation Army was founded on this day in London by Methodist preacher William Booth and his wife, Catherine Booth.

Its origins trace back to the Blind Beggar tavern on Whitechapel Road, East London, and it was initially called the East London Christian Mission.

Inventor Benjamin J. Lane patented the first self-contained gas mask.


During a thunderstorm that broke out in Charleston, South Carolina, the National Weather Service reported an alligator falling from the sky.


Inventor Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine in England.


The first Earl of Shaftesbury, Anthony Ashley Cooper, was arrested for high treason in England.


Martin Luther was almost struck by lightning and became a monk.

On this day a thunderstorm broke out in Germany. Martin Luther was making his way home and begged St. Anne to save him. He stated if she did then he would become a monk.

A peace agreement was signed between King John of England and Prince Louis VIII of France, marking the end of the Siege of Roche-au-Moine, France.

OTD in 1214: A peace agreement was signed between King John of England and Prince Louis VIII of France
After leading his final campaign to take over Normandy, France, King John failed to reclaim Normandy from France on June 19, 1214. After losing the battle, a truce was signed, and King John paid King Philip Augustus of France compensation.