This day is the midpoint of a common year (any year that’s not a leap year) because there are 182 days before and 182 days after. The exact time in the middle of the year is at noon, July 2nd (except leap years).
1566 – Death of Nostradamus, French astrologer.
1778 – Death of Jean Jacques Rosseau, Swiss philosopher.
1843 – Death of Samuel Hahnemann, German physician and founder of Homeopathy.
1900 – The Zeppelin airship departed on its maiden voyage.
1947 – Alledged Roswell UFO crash – actually took place some 80 miles from Roswell, at Corona, New Mexico. The rest is history. Or myth. Or both….
1961 – Ernest Hemingway shot himself. His wife issued a statement claiming accidental death, but it was generally assumed he’d committed suicide…as did his father, brother, sister and granddaughter.
1964 – Lyndon B. Johnson signed the US Civil Rights Act, meant to prohibit segregation in public places.