July 2 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

626 Incident at Xuanwu Gate: in fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng

1776 Continental Congress resolves “these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent States”

1823 Bahia Independence Day: the end of Portuguese rule in Brazil, with the final defeat of the Portuguese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia

1964 US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law

1990 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death after a panic in a tunnel in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Today’s Historical Events

311 St Miltiades begins his reign as Catholic Pope

626 Incident at Xuanwu Gate: in fear of assassination, Li Shimin ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng

706 Remains of Chinese Emperor Gaozong, his wife Empress Wu Zetian and family members interred in Qianling Mausoleum by Emperor Zhongzong, outside Chang’an on Mount Liangshan

963 The imperial army proclaims Nicephorus Phocas to be Emperor of the Romans on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea

1140 Hartbert becomes bishop of Utrecht

1214 Battle of La Roche-aux-Moines (Angers), part of King John of England’s attempt to reclaim Normandy from France

1266 Treaty of Perth: Norway recognises Scottish sovereignty over the Hebrides and the Isle of Man

1298 Battle on Hasenbuhl (Gollheim) between German kings Adolf and Albrecht I

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1928 The Jenkins Television Corporation (owned by Charles Jenkins) goes on air with W3XK, the first television broadcasting station in the USA

1941 Noël Coward‘s “Blithe Spirit” premieres in London

1949 “Red Barber’s Clubhouse” sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV

1951 “Bob & Ray show” premieres on NBC radio

1955 “Lawrence Welk Show” premieres on ABC

1958 Musical drama Film “King Creole” starring Elvis Presley based on a novel by Harold Robbins premieres

1972 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren breaks world record for the 4th and final time with 5.63m in Eugene, Oregon

1980 Comedy film “Airplane!” written and directed by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty premieres

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1900 Jean Sibelius‘ “Finlandia” premieres in Helsinki

1949 “High Button Shoes” closes at Century Theater NYC after 727 performances

1955 “7th Heaven” closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 44 performances

1955 “Almost Crazy” closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 16 performances

1956 Elvis Presley records “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel”

1960 “Once Upon a Mattress” closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 460 performances

1964 Cilla Black records Lennon/McCartney song “It’s For You”, Paul McCartney plays piano

1969 American guitarist Leslie West and producer, bassist Felix Pappalardi form rock group Mountain

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1902 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Muriel Robb wins her only major title with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper

1903 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed intoxicated from a train by force; found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later

1903 Pitcher Jack Doscher, debuts for the Chicago Cubs, the first son of a major leaguer to play MLB, father Herm 1882-92

1906 Yanks win by forfeit for the 1st time

1907 US National Championship Women’s Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Evelyn Sears beats fellow American Carrie Neely 6-3, 6-2 for her lone major singles title

1909 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dora Boothby earns her only Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 4-6, 8-6 win over Agnes Morton

1911 Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game in 14-6 rout of Cleveland. Streak ends next game

1921 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Bill Tilden beats South African Brian Norton 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 for the third of 10 Grand Slam singles titles