July 2 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
July 2 History Highlights
World UFO Day
|World UFO Day is an awareness day for people to gather together and watch the skies with just a little skepticism. The day can be celebrated on June 24th or July 2nd. July 2, 1947, was the approximate date of the Roswell UFO Incident, which was reported later during the first week of July.
Some groups celebrate World UFO Day is celebrated with fervent observance including watching the sky in anticipation of unidentified flying objects; others yearn for something more substantial than groupthink so they choose to commemorate Roswell instead.
Roswell UFO Incident
|On the July 8, 1947, issue of the Roswell Daily Record (the local newspaper) stated that the Roswell Army Airfield (RAAF) Captured a Flying Saucer near Roswell New Mexico. Earlier that week, William Brazel found a bunch of debris about 30 miles north of Roswell in mid-June. He was with his son, and he described finding rubber strips, strong paper, sticks, and tinfoil.
He went back to gather the stuff later and mentioned it to the Sheriff, who called the Roswell Airfield people in.
The next day, July 9, another press report said they found a weather balloon, but no engine parts. Everything totaled about 5 pounds, and it was held together with scotch tape, and some of the tape had flowers printed on it. (That type of scotch tape was popular at the time)
A report to the FBI, not a press report, described a hexagonal disc, connected by a balloon, and cable, about 20 feet in diameter – we got that from the Freedom of Information Act. It had some metal on it, they guessed it was a radar reflector- that’s how they kept track of weather balloons back then, but it also sounds like a lot more than 5 pounds.
There were a lot of eyewitness accounts that contradicted what was officially reported. Air Force Major Marcel mentioned to the staff that the debris was “Nothing Made on This Earth”. Before the government took the evidence, there were bystanders checking out the area, people who heard from the witnesses, people who claim to have seen actual wreckage.
Suspicions & Conspiracy
There were suspicious things like, Brazel, the guy who found the debris, was held for questioning.
Most of the recent evidence came after 1978 – 30 years later. With time, information becomes less reliable.
July 2 is…
|Freedom From Fear of Speaking Day
I Forgot Day
International Joke Day
Made in the USA Day
National Financial Freedom Day
National Television Heritage Day
Special Recreation for the Disabled Day
World Sports Journalists Day
World UFO Day
Zip Code Day
July 2 Birthday Quotes
“Everyone’s like, ‘overnight sensation.’ It’s not overnight. It’s years of hard work.”
“Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish… Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom.”
“The good Lord doesn’t tell you what His plan is, so all you can do is get up in the morning and see what happens next.”
“Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.”
“God forgive you, but I never can.”
” Sometimes you have to wander a bit, and do what you don’t want to in order to figure out what it is you’re supposed to do.”
“What’s the secret to success? It’s no secret. You need a winning attitude, honesty and integrity, and a burning desire to succeed.”
“Don’t let anyone, or any rejection, keep you from what you want.”
“No one is perfect. It’s not interesting to be perfect.”
July 2 Birthdays
|1492 – Elizabeth Tudor, English daughter of Henry VII of England (died in 1495)
1877 – Hermann Hesse, German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter, Nobel Prize laureate (died in 1962)
1904 – René Lacoste, French tennis player and businessman, invented the polo shirt (died in 1996)
1908 – Thurgood Marshall, American lawyer and jurist, US Supreme Court 1967-1991 (died in 1993)
1916 – Ken Curtis, American actor (died in 1991)
1922 – Pierre Cardin, Italian-French fashion designer
1927 – Brock Peters, American actor (died in 2005)
1929 – Imelda Marcos, Filipino politician; 10th First Lady of the Philippines, shoe collector
1932 – Dave Thomas, American businessman and philanthropist, founded Wendy’s (died in 2002)
1937 – Polly Holliday, American actress
1937 – Richard Petty, American race car driver and sportscaster
1946 – Ron Silver, American actor, director, and political activist (died in 2009)
1947 – Larry David, American actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter
1964 – Jose Canseco, Cuban-American baseball player
1983 – Michelle Branch, American singer-songwriter
1985 – Ashley Tisdale, American actress and singer
1986 – Lindsay Lohan, American actress
1990 – Margot Robbie, Australian actress
1995 – Ryan Murphy, American swimmer
July 2 History
|1698 – Thomas Savery patented the first steam engine.
1776 – The Continental Congress adopted a resolution severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain, although the final wording of the formal Declaration of Independence was not approved until July 4.
1839 – 53 African slaves took over the slave ship Amistad.
1890 – The US Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
1897 – Guglielmo Marconi obtained his patent for radio in London.
1900 – The first Zeppelin flight took place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany.
1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
1937 – The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been guarded every minute since midnight July 2, 1937
1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas.
1964 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the (Republican-written) Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.
1977 – #1 Hit July 2, 1977 – July 8, 1977: Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)
1982 – *Greatest Week in Movie History* – The week of July 2nd, 1982! E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, Rocky 3, Blade Runner, Poltergeist, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Star Trek 2, and Conan The Barbarian were all simultaneously playing at the cinema.
1988 – #1 Hit July 2, 1988 – July 8, 1988: Michael Jackson – Dirty Diana
2002 – Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo around the world (Australia to Australia ) nonstop in a balloon in just under two weeks.
2005 – #1 Hit July 2, 2005 – September 16, 2005: Carrie Underwood – Inside Your Heaven
2005 – The Live 8 benefit concerts – more than 1,000 musicians performed and were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks.
July 2, 2497 Birthday (fictional) Kaywinnit Lee Frye, Firefly, TV
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|The location of the Munchkins’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
The constitutions of 7 states (AR, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX) specifically ban atheists from holding public office.
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to earn a medical degree in the US in 1849.
You know every number between one and one billion, even though you have never seen, heard, or said it.
Whenever someone has a birthday, I think about if 9 months ago was a holiday or a special occasion that would’ve led to a pregnancy.
Wandering around an unfamiliar grocery store is as close to foraging for food as most of us will ever experience.
US President #4 James Madison (1809-1817) Known as the father of the Constitution. Madison was the principal author of the document.
PUMA and ADIDAS are two rival companies owned by two German brothers in the same town in Bavaria, Germany.
Useless Pronunciation: W as in why
You don’t walk through a door, you walk through a hole in the wall.
James Caan improvised the phrase ‘Bada-Bing’ on the set of “The Godfather”.
Everything is a Limited Edition if you think about it…
Texas is roughly 10% larger than France and almost twice as large as Germany.
The average person who lives to be 80 will walk a distance of 110,000 miles or 5 times around Earth’s equator.
If the TV show Friends was made today, every extra in Central Perk would be on their smartphone.
“Owen Grady, Velociraptor Trainer” Sounds exactly like a character Andy Dwyer would come up with.
The word “dude” in The Big Lebowski was spoken 160 times in the movie.
Notice the big letter on the face of the dollar bill? Each letter represents which Federal Reserve Bank printed it! “B” is for New York
“You are home.” – Penny Lane in Almost Famous #moviequotes
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