Today in history

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On July 2 in ...

1698 — English inventor and engineer Thomas Savery is granted the first patent for a steam engine. However, he will not develop a commercially viable engine until the early 1700s.

1776 — The Second Continental Congress, representing Great Britain’s 13 American colonies,  votes to approve a resolution of independence from Britain that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.

1823 — Brazil, the largest country in South Anerica, emerges as an independent nation after the final defeat of the Portugese crown loyalists in the province of Bahia.

1881 — Lawyer/preacher Charles Julius Guiteau, a disgruntled federal job seeker, shoots President James Garfield at the Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station in Washington, DC. Garfield will linger until dying on September 19 from an infection caused by the bullet wound.

1964 — President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 meant to prohibit segregation in public places.




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