On this day: July 2

Posted: 2:01 PM EDT Jun 27, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jul 02, 2015

A president is shot, a Supreme Court justice is born, aliens land -- or not -- and an acting legend passes, all on this day.

OTD July 2 - Louis Zamperini
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2014: Louis Zamperini, a World War II veteran and POW and a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic track and field team, dies of pneumonia at age 97 in Los Angeles, California. Zamperini wrote two memoirs about his life experiences and was the subject of Laura Hillenbrand's best selling 2010 biography "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," which was adapated into a 2014 movie directed by Angelina Jolie.

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