2nd July

Born on this Day 2nd July
1262 Arthur II, Duke of Brittany
1489 Thomas Cranmer
1492 Elizabeth Tudor
1862 Sir William Henry Bragg
1892 Jack Hylton
1900 Tyrone Guthrie
1903 Alec Douglas-Home
1913 Lord Seiff of Brimpton
1922 Dan Rowan
1928 John Timpson
1930 Ahmad Jamal
1938 Lord (David) Owen
1940 Kenneth Clarke
1953 Mark Hart
1956 Jerry Hall
1969 Tim Rodber
1970 Monie Love
1973 Peter Kay
1981 Nathan Ellington
1991 Cory Spedding

1566 Nostradamus
1961 Ernest Hemingway
1975 James Robertson-Justice


1980 Mickey Hart and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of inciting riot in San Diego, having tried to stop police making an arrest on a drugs charge.

1982 The Rolling Stones opened their European Tour in Rotterdam.

1988 Despite its lack of US pop success, ‘S-Express’ topped the US Club Play chart.

2005 Live 8 takes place in London’s Hyde Park and other locations around the world.


1900 The second modern Olympics Games opened in Paris.

1988 19 year old Steffi Graf beat Martina Navratilova 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 to win the final of the women’s singles at Wimbledon and become the youngest winner of the title since Maureen Connolly in 1953.

1992 15 British Marines beat the world abseiling record by dropping 1,645 ft in 15 minutes from the world’s tallest building in Toronto.

2002 Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.

People & Showbiz

1971 Cult black icon movie ‘Shaft’, starring Richard Roundtree premiered in America.

1987 Ilona Staller, a former porn star, was elected to the Italian parliament.

1996 ‘Independence Day’, starring Wil Smith and Jeff Goldblum was released in American cinemas. It grossed a record $96.4 million in the first weekend.

1997 ‘Men in Black’ starring Wil Smith and Tommy Lee Jones opened in American cinemas. It grossed $51 million in its first weekend.

General Events

1901 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid robbed a heavily armed banker’s train in Montana and escaped worth $40,000.

1989 The British Library announced that it was to end its 300 year tradition of collecting every book published in this country in an attempt to cut down on the large number of new books and journals it has to store each year.

1993 The Popular Flying Association was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Captain W.E. Johns, the creator of Biggles by inviting light aircraft of every shape and size to Wroughton airfield, near Swindon, Wiltshire, for the largest fly-in outside America.

1994 It was reported that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were unaware that Prince Charles had confessed to adultery in his television interview and were not told in advance that he would publicly discuss his friendship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

1995 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s son, Mark Carey was ordained as a priest at a ceremony at Wakefield Cathedral.

1995 British conservationists and the Chinese Government launched an ambitious attempt to save the last giant pandas from poachers, land clearance and in-breeding. Only 1000 giant pandas were left in the wild.

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