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|July 2nd, 2008||Event||Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other FARC hostages are rescued by the Colombian armed forces.|
|July 2nd, 2004||Event||ASEAN Regional Forum accepts Pakistan as its 24th member.?|
|July 2nd, 2003||Event||Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, insults German MP Martin Schulz by calling him a "kapo" during a session of the European Parliament.|
|July 2nd, 2002||Event||Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon.|
|July 2nd, 2001||Event||AbioCor self contained artificial heart created.|
|July 2nd, 2000||Event||Vicente Fox Quesada is elected the first President of Mexico from an opposition party, the Partido Accion Nacional after more than 70 years of continuous rule by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.|
|July 2nd, 1992||Event||Vaclav Klaus is elected Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia.|
|July 2nd, 1990||Event||A stampede inside a pedestrian tunnel leads to the deaths of 1,426 pilgrims in Mecca during hajj.|
|July 2nd, 1987||Event||Nilde Iotti is named as the first female President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.|
|July 2nd, 1985||Event||Andrei Gromyko is appointed the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union.|
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