Today in History: July 2nd

1990: A stampede of religious pilgrims in Mecca leaves more than 1,400 people dead. To followers of Islam, traveling to Mecca is one of the five pillars of the religion, and must be one at lease once in a follower’s lifetime. They were crushed or suffocated in a long tunnel.

1964:  President Lyndon Johnson signs into law the historic Civic Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House. The Act prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public places such as schools, buses, parks and swimming pools.

1926:  Arthur Meighen, who became Prime Minister on June 29, 1926, is defeated by one vote on a non-confidence motion, so he calls a federal election for September 14, 1926.

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