George Santayana once said:
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
That is why it is important to study history. On July 2nd in the past these are some of the events that occurred:
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.
1934-Adolf Hitler conducts a purge of traitors in the Nazi party . Hundreds of people were executed after undergoing a 3 minute trial to face the charges of being traitors. Hitler seemingly secured his power in the nation by forcing the power from the conservatives.
1937-American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
1940-Hitler orders invasion of Britain (Operation Sealion).
1964-U.S. President Johnson signed the “Civil Rights Act of 1964” into law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their race.
1976-North Vietnam and South Vietnam were reunited.
1979-Susan B. Anthony dollar is issued, 1st US coin to honor a woman.
1990-Panic in tunnel of Mecca: 1,426 pilgrims trampled to death.
2001-World’s First Self-Contained Artificial Heart Transplant. 59-year old American Robert L. Tools became the first person to receive the a self-contained artificial heart transplant called the AbioCor at the Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
2002-American businessman, Steve Fossett completes the first solo around-the-world Balloon Flight
This was Fossett’s 6th attempt to circumnavigate the world. It took him 13 days in a balloon called Spirit of Freedom to cover 20,000 miles.
2006-Israel issues an air-strike on Ismail Haniya’s, the Palestinian Prime Minister, office. The attack that injured three security guards is a response to the capture of Corporal Gilad Shalit by militant Palestinian groups on June 25th, 2006.