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7/2/2013 2:47:00 PM
World Almanac for July 2, 2013

Today is the 183rd day of 2013 and the 12th day of summer.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1777, Vermont became the first American territory to abolish slavery.

In 1839, 53 African slaves took over the slave ship Amistad.

In 1881, lawyer Charles Guiteau shot President James Garfield, who died from his wounds ten weeks later.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil rights Bill of 1964, outlawing major forms of discrimination.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), novelist; Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), Supreme Court justice; Dave Thomas (1932-2002), Wendy's fast-food chain founder; Richard Petty (1937- ), NASCAR driver; Larry David (1947- ), writer/actor; Jose Canseco (1964- ), baseball player; Johnny Weir (1984- ), figure skater; Lindsay Lohan (1986- ), actress.

TODAY'S FACT: The first zeppelin airship, which made its debut flight over Lake Constance, Germany, on this day in 1900, was 420 feet long and powered by a 16-horsepower engine.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 2002, Steve Fossett completed the first nonstop solo hot air balloon flight around the world.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "You must find your dream ... but no dream lasts forever, each dream is followed by another, and one should not cling to any particular dream." -- Hermann Hesse

TODAY'S NUMBER: 10,800 -- Wal-Mart stores worldwide. The first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Ark., on this day in 1962.

TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter moon (June 29) and new moon (July 8).


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