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This Day in History for July 2 – Civil Rights Act Becomes Law and More

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Cecil Stoughton, White House Press Office

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

1881 – Charles J. Guiteau shoots President James Garfield, who dies two months later (More info)

1890 – Congress passes the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (More info)

1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappear while attempting to fly around the world (More info)

1962 – The first Walmart store opens for business in Rogers, Ark. (More info)

1964 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (More info)

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