July 2

Scott Winters, Realtor


1698 – Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine.

1850 – Benjamin Lane patented a gas mask with a breathing apparatus.

1776 – The Continental Congress adopted a resolution that severed ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain. The wording of the formal Declaration of Independence was not published until July 4th.

1857 – New York, NY’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business.

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounded President James A. Garfield in Washington, DC. Garfield eventually died from an infection on September 19th.

1890 – Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.

1900 – Lord Zeppelin demonstrated the first blimp-like airship

1901 – The real-life Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid robbed a train of $40,000 near Wagner, MT.

1926 – Congress established the Army Air Corps.

1937 – American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

1939 – At Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt’s face was dedicated.

1947 – An object crashed near Roswell, NM. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft.

1955 – ABC Television premiered “The Lawrence Welk Show.”

1959 – The movie “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, by director Ed Wood, premiered.

1962 – Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, AR. It was the first Walmart store.

1964 – President Lyndon Johnson signed the “Civil Rights Act of 1964” into law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their race.

1972 – The Michigan State Lottery was established.

1972 – After 3,242 performances on Broadway, “Fiddler on the Roof” closed.

1976 – The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual punishment.

1979 – The U.S. Mint officially released the Susan B. Anthony coin in Rochester, NY.

1980 – President Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration for males 18 years of age.

1980 – The movie spoof “Airplane!” opened in theaters.

1982 – Larry Walters (“Lawnchair Larry”) took flight in his homemade airship that consisted of a lawnchair with 45 helium-filled weather balloons attached to it. He stayed in flight for about an hour.

1985 – General Motors announced that it was installing electronic road maps as an option in some of its higher-priced cars.

1991 – Axl Rose (Guns ‘n’ Roses) sparked a riot during a concert, outside of St. Louis, MO, when he jumped off the stage and attacked a fan who was videotaping the concert. 60 people were hurt.

1995 – “Forbes” magazine reported that Microsoft’s chairman, Bill Gates, was the worth $12.9 billion, making him the world’s richest man.

1996 – The movie “Independence Day”, starring Will Smith, debuted in theaters.

1997 – The movie “Men in Black”, starry Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, opened in theaters.

2001 – The AbioCor self-contained artificial heart was first implanted.

2002 – Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo around the world non-stop in a balloon.

2005 – The Live 8 concerts took place in London, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, Philadelphia and Barrie, Canada. The largest global concert event in history attracts approximately two million people who see performances by Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Green Day, U2, Coldplay, The Killers, Linkin Park, Destiny’s Child and many more. More than 1,000 musicians performed and were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks.

2013 – The International Astronomical Union named Pluto’s fourth and fifth moons, Kerberos and Styx.

2014 – In Grand Rapids, MI, Mötley Crüe began their final tour.



Pierre Cardin – 96 years old (1922) – Fashion designer

Ahmad Jamal – 88 years old (1930) – Jazz pianist

Robert Ito – 87 years old (1931) – Actor (TV’s “Quincy, M.E.”, “Falcon Crest”)

Tom Springfield – 84 years old (1934) – Musician (The Springfields)

Polly Holliday – 81 years old (1937) – Actress (TV’s “Alice”, movie “Gremlins”)

Richard Petty – 81 years old (1937) – Auto racer

Mike Abene – 76 years old (1942) – Jazz pianist

Larry David – 71 years old (1947) – Writer, director (TV’s “Seinfeld”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”, “Fridays”, “Clear History”, movie “Whatever Works”)

Saul Rubinek – 70 years old (1948) – Actor (“Obsessed”, “Against All Odds”, “Wall Street”, “The Bonfire of the Vanities”, “Unforgiven”, TV’s “Warehouse 13”)

Roy Bittan – 69 years old (1949) – Keyboardist, pianist (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)

Joe Puerta – 67 years old (1951) – Bassist, vocalist (Ambrosia, Bruce Hornsby & The Range)

Johnny Colla – 66 years old (1952) – Guitarist, saxophonist (Huey Lewis & The News)

Jerry Hall – 62 years old (1956) – Actress, model

Jimmy McNichol – 57 years old (1961) – Actor, singer (TV’s “California Fever”, “The Fitzpatricks”)

Jose Canseco – 54 years old (1964) – Baseball player

Dave Parsons – 53 years old (1965) – Bassist (Bush)

Yancy Butler – 48 years old (1970) – Actress (TV’s “Witchblade”)

Monie Love – 48 years old (1970) – Rapper, radio personality

Michelle Branch – 35 years old (1983) – Singer (“The Game of Love”)

Vanessa Lee Chester – 34 years old (1984) – Actress (“A Little Princess”, “Harriet the Spy”, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”)

Johnny Weir – 34 years old (1984) – Olympic figure skater

Ashley Tisdale – 33 years old (1985) – Singer, actress (TV’s “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody”, “High School Musical” movies)

Lindsay Lohan – 32 years old (1986) – Actress (“Georgia Rule”, “Just My Luck”, “Herbie: Fully Loaded”, “Mean Girls”, “Freaky Friday”)

Omero Mumba – 29 years old (1989) – Actor (“The Time Machine”)

Margot Robbie – 28 years old (1990) – Actress (“Focus”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, TV’s “Pan Am”)



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