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On this day: July 2

POSTED: 11:01 AM PDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 01, 2013 

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 - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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1778: Swiss philosopher, writer and composer Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose work influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological and educational thought, dies from a hemorrhage at age 66 in Ermenonville, France. His best known works include "Discourse on the Origin of Inequality" and "On the Social Contract," both of which are now considered cornerstones in modern political and social thought.

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