By The Associated Press
2014-06-25 09:01 AM
Today is Wednesday, July 2, the 183rd day of 2014. There are 182 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1502 - Conflict between French and Spanish over partition of Naples breaks out in open warfare in Italy.
1644 - British Royalists suffer their first major defeat against the Parliamentarians under Oliver Cromwell at Marston Moor.
1657 - Denmark attacks Sweden, already at war with Russia, Poland and Austria, but suffers a humiliating defeat the same winter.
1776 - The Continental Congress declares American independence.
1777 - Vermont became the first American colony to abolish slavery.
1860 - Russians found Vladivostok near Korean border.
1890 - Brussels Act is passed by international conference to eradicate African slave trade and liquor traffic with primitive peoples.
1900 - Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin flies his first airship in Germany.
1937 - U.S. aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear during an attempt to cross the Pacific.
1940 - French government moves to Vichy during World War II.
1947 - An object crashes near Roswell in the U.S. state of New Mexico. Military authorities first say it was an alien spacecraft and later say it was a weather balloon.
1954 - France evacuates southern part of Red River Delta in Indochina as part of the Final Declaration of the Geneva Conference signed by French, Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian representatives.
1964 - A century after the Civil War was fought, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act against racial discrimination.
1966 - France explodes an atomic bomb at a Pacific atoll in first of series of six tests.
1976 - North and South Vietnam are reunited officially after more than 20 years of war.
1988 - Salvage tugboats battle flames aboard two Iranian tankers after missile attacks by Iraq's air force in Gulf War.
1989 - Tourists return to Tiananmen Square in China after military crackdown on pro-democracy movement.
1990 - A stampede in a pedestrian tunnel linking Mecca and a tent city leaves 1,400 pilgrims dead of suffocation or trampling.
1991 - Heavy fighting erupts in Slovenia with Yugoslav army using warplanes and artillery to help units trapped by Slovene forces.
1992 - The United States completes a worldwide withdrawal of their tactical nuclear weapons marking the end of an era that began with a rapid nuclear buildup in the early 1950s.
1993 - A floating shrine sinks in Bocaue, Philippines, killing 315 worshippers during an annual nine-day religious festival.
1994 - Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar is slain in Medellin for accidentally scoring a goal against his own team during a World Cup game against the United States.
1996 - The treasurer of Mexico's social security agency, Carlos Tomas Penaloza Webb, is arrested in connection with a corruption probe that uncovered the diversion of tens of millions of dollars in public funds.
1997 - A supertanker hits a reef in Tokyo Bay, spilling 13,400 tons of crude oil, making it the worst oil disaster in Japanese history.
1998 - After talks with new ruler Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says all political prisoners will be released in Nigeria.
2002 - U.S. millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett becomes the first person to circumnavigate the world solo in a balloon.
2005 - Kurdish guerrillas, intensify their attacks on Turkish targets, derailing two trains by remote-controlled bombs, killing five railway security guards and injuring 20 people.
2007 - The son of Chad's president is found dead from asphyxiation in the basement of his apartment building in a Paris suburb. Authorities were treating the death of Brahim Deby, 27, as a murder investigation.
2008 - Colombia tricks rebels into freeing 15 hostages, including ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.
2009 - French investigators say Air France Flight 447 slammed into the Atlantic Ocean, intact and belly first, at such a high speed that the 228 people aboard probably had no time to even inflate their life jackets.
2010 - Taliban suicide attackers storm a four-story house used by an American aid organization in north Afghanistan, killing four people before dying in a fierce, five-hour gunbattle with Afghan security forces.
2011 - Serbia and Kosovo strike deals on several practical issues that will make life easier for citizens -- the first accords between the two countries since Kosovo declared independence in 2008.
2012 - Physicists say they have all but proven that the "God particle" exists. They gave a footprint and a shadow and the only thing left is to see for themselves the elusive subatomic particle believed to give all matter in the universe its size and shape.
2013 -- Insurgents unleash a new wave of violence in Iraq, killing at least 49 people, the latest in a surge of violence across the country that has raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed.
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Thought For Today:
The soul has more diseases than the body -- Henry Wheeler Shaw, U.S. author (1818-1885).