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2nd July: Today In History

Today is Sunday, July 2nd, the 183rd day of 2017. There are 182 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
Events:
1937:  Aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator
1776:  The Continental Congress passed a resolution saying that “these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
1867:  New York’s first elevated rail line, a single track between Battery Place and Greenwich Street, went into operation.
1881:  President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.)
1892:  The Populist Party (also known as the People’s Party) opened its first national convention in Omaha, Nebraska.
1917:  Rioting erupted in East St. Louis, Illinois, as white mobs attacked black residents; nearly 50 people, mostly blacks, are believed to have died in the violence.
1926:  The United States Army Air Corps was created.
1955:  “The Lawrence Welk Show” premiered on ABC-TV under its original title, “The Dodge Dancing Party.”
1961:  Author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
1964:  President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress.
1977:  Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov, 78, died in Montreux, Switzerland.
1987:  18 Mexican immigrants were found dead inside a locked boxcar near Sierra Blanca, Texas, in what authorities called a botched smuggling attempt; a 19th man survived.
1997:  Academy Award-winning actor James Stewart died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 89.
Birthdays:
Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is 88.
Jazz musician Ahmad Jamal is 87.
Actor Robert Ito is 86.
Actress Polly Holliday is 80.
Racing Hall of Famer Richard Petty is 80.
Former White House chief of staff John H. Sununu is 78. 
Quotes Of the Day:
Remember, the greatest failure is not to try.
Be nice to everyone, Be friends with a few, Trust one person, yourself.
Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.

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