About July 2

July 2, 2021 is the 183rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 182 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

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Cancer is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 214 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

July 2: More About This Day

This day is the midpoint of a common year because there are 182 days before and 182 days after (median of the year) in common years, and 183 before and 182 after in leap years. The exact time in the middle of the year is at noon, or 12:00 p.m. In the UK and other countries that use “Summer Time” the actual exact time of the mid point in a common year is at 1:00 p.m. this is when 182 days and 12 hours have elapsed and there are 182 days and 12 hours remaining. This is due to Summer Time having advanced the time by one hour. It falls on the same day of the week as New Year’s Day in common years.

What Happened On July 2

  • 626
    Li Shimin, the future Emperor Taizong of Tang, Emperor of China, ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the Incident at Xuanwu Gate.
  • 706
    In China, Emperor Zhongzong of Tang inters the bodies of relatives in the Qianling Mausoleum, located on Mount Liang outside Chang'an.
  • 963
    The imperial army proclaims Nicephorus Phocas Emperor of the Romans on the plains outside Cappadocian Caesarea.
  • 1298
    The Battle of Göllheim is fought between Albert I of Habsburg and Adolf of Nassau-Weilburg.
  • 1494
    The Treaty of Tordesillas is ratified by Spain.
  • 1561
    Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, defeats a revolt in Emfraz.
  • 1613
    The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall takes place.
  • 1644
    English Civil War: Battle of Marston Moor.
  • 1698
    Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.
  • 1776
    The Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not approved until July 4.
  • 1839
    Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinqué take over the slave ship Amistad.
  • 1853
    The Russian Army crossed the Pruth river into the Danubian Principalities, Moldavia and Wallachia—providing the spark that set off the Crimean War.
  • 1871
    Victor Emmanuel II of Italy enters Rome after having conquered it from the Papal States.
  • 1897
    Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains a patent for radio in London.
  • 1917
    The East St. Louis Riots end.
  • 1962
    The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
  • 1976
    Fall of the Republic of Vietnam; Communist North Vietnam declares their union to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • 1986
    Rodrigo Rojas and Carmen Gloria Quintana where burnt alive during a street demonstration against the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
  • 2000
    Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of México from an opposition party, the Partido Acción Nacional, after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.
  • 2010
    The South Kivu tank truck explosion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kills at least 230 people.

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