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On July second, 1776, the
Continental Congress passed a resolution saying
that "these United Colonies are, and of
right, ought to be, Free and Independent
On this date:
In 1881, President Garfield was
shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington
railroad station; Garfield died the following
In 1890, Congress
passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
In 1926, the
United States Army Air Corps was created.
In 1937, aviator
Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan
disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while
attempting to make the first round-the-world
flight at the equator.
In 1961, author Ernest
Hemingway shot himself to death at his home
in Ketchum, Idaho.
In 1963, President
John F. Kennedy met Pope Paul the Sixth at the
Vatican, the first meeting between a Roman
Catholic US chief executive and the head of the
In 1964, President
Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights
bill passed by Congress.
In 1976, the
Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not
inherently cruel or unusual.
In 1994, a US-Air
DC-9 crashed in poor weather at Charlotte-Douglas
International Airport in North Carolina, killing
37 of the 57 people aboard.
In 1997, actor
James Stewart died in Beverly Hills, California,
at age 89.
Ten years ago:
More than 1400 Muslim pilgrims were killed in a
stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel leading to
Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The Soviet Union's 28th
Communist Party congress opened with an address
by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who conceded
mistakes while defending perestroika.
Five years ago: In
Denver, representatives of 34 countries ended an
economic summit by endorsing an open-market zone
throughout the Western Hemisphere -- excluding
One year ago:
Former Northwestern University basketball coach
Ricky Byrdsong was shot to death in Skokie,
Illinois; authorities believe he was the victim
of a three-day shooting rampage by white
supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith that
targeted minorities in Illinois and Indiana. (One
other person was killed and several wounded
before Smith committed suicide.)
"Godfather" author Mario Puzo died on
Long Island, New York, at age 78.
"If a man cannot be
a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot
be a Christian anywhere."
Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman