Today in History July 2


1915 - Porfirio Diaz, Mexican soldier and president from 1877-1911, died in Paris.

1937 - Amelia Earhart and co-pilot Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific while trying to fly around the world.

1961 - Ernest Hemingway, the American novelist best known for "A Farewell to Arms" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls", shot himself.

1964 - U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, prohibiting racial discrimination.

1973 - The American actress, singer and World War Two pin-up girl Betty Grable died.

1997 - The American movie star James Stewart died. He won an Oscar for his role in "The Philadelphia Story" in 1940 and a special Academy Award in 1984 after 50 years in films.

2002 - The millionaire Steve Fossett became the first solo balloonist to circle the globe non-stop, sailing into the record books off Australia's southern coast. He had flown nearly 19,500 miles (31,400 km) around the southern hemisphere. He finally landed on July 4.

2004 - Marlon Brando, the reclusive Oscar-winning star of "The Godfather" and "On the Waterfront" who was hailed as one of the most influential actors of his generation, died aged 80.

2005 - Singers Paul McCartney and U2's Bono fired up a huge London crowd at Hyde Park for the anti-poverty crusade, Live 8, the biggest music event ever staged.

2008 - French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt released with other hostages after years in jungle captivity.

2013 - Earthquake hits Indonesia's Aceh province, killing hundreds.


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