This Day in History: July 2

1964 Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964

1964 – Civil Rights Act signed. On this day in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, perhaps the most important U.S. law on civil rights since Reconstruction (1865–77) and a hallmark of the American civil rights movement.

Ingrid Betancourt

2008 – More than six years after being taken hostage by FARC guerrillas, Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt was freed during a rescue mission in which army soldiers posed as international aid workers.

Susan B. Anthony dollar coin

1979 – The United States first issued the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, making Anthony the first woman to be depicted on U.S. currency.

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