spotlight Highlights from history: July 2 Jul 2, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1881: James A. Garfield Assassination In 1881, President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau at the Washington railroad station; Garfield died the following September. (Guiteau was hanged in June 1882.) AP 1937: Amelia Earhart In 1937, aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight along the equator. AP 1961: Ernest Hemingway In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho. AP 1964: Civil Rights Bill On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a sweeping civil rights bill passed by Congress. AP 1977: Vladimir Nabokov In 1977, Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov, 78, died in Montreux, Switzerland. AP 1987: Mexican Immigrants In 1987, 18 Mexican immigrants were found dead inside a locked boxcar near Sierra Blanca, Texas, in what authorities called a botched smuggling attempt; a 19th man survived. AP 1996: Erik & Lyle Menendez In 1996, seven years after they shotgunned their parents to death in the family's Beverly Hills mansion, Erik and Lyle Menendez were sentenced to life in prison without parole. AP 1997: Jimmy Stewart In 1997, Academy Award-winning actor James Stewart died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 89. AP 2009: Bernard Madoff Ten years ago: Federal marshals took possession of disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's $7 million Manhattan penthouse, forcing Madoff's wife, Ruth, to move elsewhere. AP 2009: North Korea Missiles Ten years ago: North Korea test-fired two short-range missiles. AP 2009: Yukiya Amano Ten years ago: The 35-nation International Atomic Energy Agency chose Yukiya Amano of Japan as its next head. AP 2014: Louis Zamperini Five years ago: Louis Zamperini, 97, an Olympic runner who survived a bomber crash in the Pacific Ocean, weeks adrift and then years as a Japanese prisoner of war and became the subject of a celebrated book and movie, died in Los Angeles. AP 2018: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador One year ago: Fresh off a landslide victory, Mexico's newly elected leftist president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged to "reach an understanding" with Donald Trump. AP 2018: Harvey Weinstein One year ago: Harvey Weinstein was charged with a sex crime against a third woman as New York prosecutors continued building cases against the former Hollywood studio boss. AP 2018: Joe Jackson One year ago: Jackson family patriarch Joseph Jackson was buried in the same Southern California cemetery as his late son Michael. AP 2018: Thailand Cave Search One year ago: Rescue divers in Thailand found 12 boys and their soccer coach, who had been trapped by flooding as they explored a cave more than a week earlier. AP 2018: Trump Supreme Court One year ago: President Donald Trump interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices in his search for a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended More Latest Local Offers Little Swan Lake Winery This weeks events Wrenn's Plumbing & Heating Inc. 24-hour emergency service Four Brothers Bar and Grill Grill Winner!