Events, birthdays and days of death on Saturday, July 2nd, 2022

Berlin. The current calendar page for Saturday, July 2nd, 2022: What happened today, who was born, who died? The events at a glance.

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Calendar page: Saturday, July 2, 2022

  • 26th calendar week, 183rd day of the year, 182 days until the end of the year
  • Star sign Cancer
  • Name day: Wiltrud

History: What happened on July 2nd?

2021 – Norbert Himmler becomes the next ZDF director. The television council of the public broadcaster elects the 50-year-old in Mainz in the third ballot to succeed Thomas Bellut (66), who had not run for another term. Himmler will take office in March 2022.

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2012 – Kosovo is granted full sovereignty as the youngest country in Europe. This is decided by the majority of the EU countries as well as the USA and Turkey in Vienna.

2002 – American adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to circumnavigate the earth in a solo balloon flight. After more than 31,200 kilometers he crosses the “finish line”, the 117th degree of longitude above western Australia.

1992 – The UN opens an airlift to Serb-held Bosnian capital Sarajevo. This is discontinued in January 1996 after three and a half years and around 13,000 flights.

1962 – The first Wal-Mart store (later Walmart) opens in Rogers, Arkansas. The company’s name derives from its founder Sam Walton (Walton’s Mart).

1962 – After only three months in office, Federal Public Prosecutor Wolfgang Fränkel has to resign after allegations about his activities during the Nazi era. Information circulated from the GDR showed that during his years at the Reich Prosecutor’s Office in Leipzig between 1936 and 1943, Fränkel had worked towards dozens of death sentences by appealing for annulment.

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1955 – The zoo is opened in East Berlin as the GDR counterpart to the zoo in West Berlin. The 160-hectare facility was built on the site of the former Friedrichsfelde Palace Park.

1865 – In the East End of London, clergyman William Booth decides to found a Christian Mission, which in 1878 is renamed the Salvation Army.

1839 – Africans kidnapped from their homeland take control of the Spanish slave ship “La Amistad” and kill most of the crew. In a spectacular trial, the rebels are later acquitted of the charges of mutiny and murder in the USA and are able to return to Africa.

Celebrity Birthdays: Who Was Born On July 2nd?

1962 – Monika Hohlmeier (60), German politician and hotel clerk, Bavarian Minister of Education 1998-2005; Daughter of the former Bavarian Prime Minister and CSU chairman Franz Josef Strauss

1942 – Gert Neumann (80), German writer (collection of stories “The Guilt of Words”)

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1927 – Ruth Berghaus, German director and choreographer, music theater director, deputy director and artistic director of the Berliner Ensemble 1970-1977, married to the composer Paul Dessau (1884-1979), died 1996

1922 – Josef Guggenmos, German children’s book author and poet (“What is the mouse thinking on Thursday?”), died 2003

1922 – Pierre Cardin, French fashion designer, first member of the Paris Haute Couture Federation to launch a ready-to-wear collection in 1959, pioneer of the astronaut look of the 1960s, died 2020

Celebrities Death Days: Who Died on July 2nd?

2021 – Bill Ramsey, German-American singer and presenter, jazz singer, became known with German hits like “Mimi never goes to bed without a thriller”, born 1931

1997 – James Stewart, American actor (“Vertigo”, “The Courtyard Window”, “The Night Before the Wedding” (Oscar 1940)), born 1908

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