2 July 1863
On this date in 1863...
The Battle of Gettysburg continued to rage with Confederate assaults on Little & Big Round Tops, Devil's Den, the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
- 1776 - Richard Henry Lee of Virginia’s resolution that the American colonies "are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States" was adopted by the Continental Congress.
- 1810 - Confederate statesman and general, Robert Augustus Toombs was born in Washington, Georgia.
- 1843 - An alligator fell from sky during a thunderstorm into the streets of Charleston, South Carolina.
- 1947 - An object crashed near Roswell, New Mexico that the U.S. Army Air Force insisted was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts claimed was an alien spacecraft.
- 1962 - The first Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas.
- 1964 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction.
- 1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter re-instated draft registration for males 18 years of age.
- 1998 - Atlanta-based CNN retracted a story it aired that alleged that U.S. troops had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the Vietnam War.
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