Monday, July 2, 2012

2nd of July

It is the 183rd day of the year, with only 182 days remaining until the end of the year.

This day is the midpoint of the common year.  The exact time is at noon, or 12:00 PM for countries that use "Summer Time."  The actual exact time is at 1:00 PM, this is when 182 days 12 hours have elapsed and 182 days 12 hours are remaining.

1698 - Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.

1777 - Vermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery.

1839 - Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinque take over the slave ship Amistad.

1881 - Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from infection.

1897 - Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London, England.

1990 - The first Zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.

1934 - The Night of the Long Knives ends with the death of Ernst Rohm.

1962 - The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

1976 - It is the fall of the Republic of Vietnam, Communist North Vietnam declares their union to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

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