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This Day in History for July 2 – Amelia Earhart Vanishes and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds US President James Garfield, who eventually dies from an infection on September 19 (More info)

1890 – The U.S. Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (More info)

1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight (More info)

1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas (More info)

1964 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits segregation in public places (More info)

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