June 2 Events in History - June 2 Birthdays - June 2 Deaths



2014 After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos of Spain is abdicating and installing his son Felipe; unfavorable opinion, health issues and investigation of daughter Cristina in a public funds theft scandal have taken their toll on the king
2014 Hospitals are beginning to use genetic profiling of tumors in order to identify the most effective treatments for various cancers; tumor genetics is thought to be of greater significance than the place of origin in the body
2013 Columbia University researchers believe the new material, graphene, even if stitched together, is the strongest material in the world
2013 Petr Necas, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, declares a state of emergency as the swollen Vltava River threaten the center of Prague
2012 Egypt's former president, Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life in prison, along with his former interior minister, Habib al-Adly, for being complicit in killing of demonstrators in the 2011 revolution
2012 Camelot the horse, wins the Epsom Derby, the fourth Classic win for trainer Aidan O'Brien
2011 The World Health Organization announces the E. coli strain responsible for the 2011 E.coli O104:H4 outbreak had never before been isolated from patients
2011 Secret documents on Egypt's nuclear power plant are released by WikiLeaks
2010 Foreign ministers of the Arab League meet in Cairo and agree to ask the U.N. Security Council to force Israel to end its blockade of Gaza
1997 Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
1997 Liberals beat Conservatives in France
1997 Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, killing 168
1996 50th Tony Awards: Master Class and Rent win
1996 51st U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Annika Sorenstam
1996 9th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
1995 John Valentin hits 3 home runs
1994 67th National Spelling Bee: Ned Andrews wins spelling antediluvian
1994 Chinook helicopter crashes in North Scotland, 29 killed
1994 Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"
1994 Sharon Stone files $12m suit against her jeweler
1992 Former NFL New York Giant Coach Bill Parcells undergoes open heart surgery
1992 Wilson Phillips release their 2nd album "Shadows and Light"
1991 45th Tony Awards: Lost in Yonkers and Will Rogers Follies win
1991 4th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
1991 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
1991 Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318' 1"
1991 Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin
1990 "Turtle Power" by Partners In Kryme hits #13
1990 Seattle's Randy Johnson, no-hits Tigers, 2-0
1989 "Dead Poets Society" starring Robin Williams, premieres
1989 14 year old Scott Isaacs spells spoliator to win 1989 Spelling Bee
1989 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle
1989 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman marries Mandy Smith
1989 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
1988 61st National Spell Bee: Rageshree Ramachandran wins spelling elegiacal
1988 Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile
1987 Mariners draft Ken Griffey, Jr. #1
1986 New York City transit system issues a new brass with steel bullseye token
1986 Regular TV coverage of U.S. Senate sessions begins
1985 31st LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez
1985 39th Tony Awards: Biloxi Blues and Big River win
1985 Andreas Papandreous PASOK-party wins election in Greece
1985 RJ Reynolds Company proposed a merger with Nabisco
1984 "Welcome To Fun Zone" hosted by Dr. Demento airs on NBC-TV
1984 Actress Jill Ireland has a radical mastectomy
1984 Flight readiness firing of Discovery's main engines
1983 1980 movie "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," released in Germany
1983 Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati
1982 "Blues in the Night" opens at Rialto Theater New York City for 53 performances
1981 Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be
1980 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box..." opens at Ambassador New York City for 149 performances
1979 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a communist country (Poland)
1979 NASA launches space vehicle S-198
1979 Pope John Paul II visits Poland
1977 New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
1976 East-Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation through Indonesia
1975 James A. Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)
1975 Vice President Rockefeller finds no pattern of illegal activities at CIA
1974 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Baltimore Golf Classic
1974 Malta's constitution goes into effect
1973 "Nash at Nine" closes at Helen Hayes Theater New York City after 21 performances
1971 Ajax wins 16th Europe Cup 1
1969 Murle Lindstrom wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies Golf Open
1968 Canadians must get government permission to export silver
1968 WBLG (now WTVQ) TV channel 62 in Lexington, Kentucky (ABC) 1st broadcast
1967 Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston
1966 U.S. Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing
1965 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000, Ganges R India
1964 "Follies Bergere" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 191 performances
1964 Lal Bahadur Sjastri elected premier of India
1964 Rolling Stones 1st U.S. concert tour debuts in Lynn, Massachusetts
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Babe Didrikson Zaharias Golf Open
1962 32nd French Mens Tennis: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson (36 26 63 97 62)
1960 Broadway theaters close, labor dispute between owners and Actors Equity
1959 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid," San Francisco
1958 Alan Freed joins WABC (New York City) radio
1958 Brooks Robinson, hits into 1st of record 4 triple plays
1958 Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record
1957 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
1957 U.S. TV interviews Khrushchev
1956 Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow
1954 John Costello becomes premier of Ireland
1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey
1952 650,000 metal workers go on strike in U.S.
1952 Maurice Olley of General Motors begins designing the Corvette
1951 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones
1950 St. Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs Washington Senators
1949 Transjordan renamed Jordan
1947 "Louisiana Lady" opens at Century Theater New York City for 4 performances
1947 Hungarian premier Ferenc Nagy resigns
1946 Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy, National Day
1944 Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery dine in Portsmouth
1944 Judendurchgangslager Vught disbands
1943 99th Pursuit Squadron flies 1st combat mission, over Italy
1943 German assault on Sebastopol Krim, begins
1942 Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a Navy aviator
1940 Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach
1936 Gen. Anastasio Somoza takes over as dictator of Nicaragua
1935 Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House
1933 WNJ-AM in Newark New Jersey goes off the air
1932 Franz von Papen "Cabinet of the Baron" premieres
1930 Sarah Dickson becomes 1st woman Presbyterian elder in U.S., Cincinnati
1928 Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
1924 Snyder Act: U.S. citizenship granted to all American Indians
1922 Suffy McInnis (1st base) ends an errorless string of 1,700 chances
1920 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eugene O'Neill, Beyond the Horizon
1919 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sandburg, Cornhuskers
1916 German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux
1914 Glenn Curtiss flies his Langley Aerodrome
1913 1st strike settlement mediated by U.S. Department of Labor-RR clerks
1913 Demonstrations for general voting right in Netherlands
1910 1st roundtrip flight over English Channel, C S Rolls, England
1910 Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
1909 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan aboard Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6
1908 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4
1904 Professor Schron finds microbe that causes photosynthesis
1903 Netherlands Korfball League forms
1903 Pirates win a triple header from Dodgers
1902 2nd statewide initiative and referendum law adopted, in Oregon
1901 Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday, New York
1899 Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lynchings
1896 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24
1896 Guglielmo Marconi patents the radio
1886 Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency, Frances Folsom
1883 1st night baseball under lights, Ft. Wayne Indiana
1883 Chicago's "El" opens to traffic
1882 Pierre de Brazza festival welcomed in Paris
1881 Haarlem-Zandvoort Railway opens
1875 James Augustine Healey became 1st Black Catholic Bishop in US
1873 Construction begins on Clay St. (SF) for world's 1st cable railroad
1869 Cleveland's Forest City play their 1st game, vs Cincinnati Red Stockings
1866 Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to U.S. forces
1865 At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi Dept
1864 Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2
1863 Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves
1862 General Robert E Lee takes command of Confederate armies of E Virginia and NC
1862 Raid at Early's: Maryland towards Washington D.C.
1858 Donati Comet 1st seen named after it's discoverer
1857 James Gibbs, Va, patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine
1851 1st U.S. alcohol prohibition law enacted, Maine
1835 P. T. Barnum and his circus begin 1st tour of US
1834 5th national black convention meet, New York City
1797 1st ascent of "Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack New York (C Broadhead)
1780 Anti Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London
1774 England passed Quartering Act, mandating Colonists must board English troops in their homes
1746 Russia and Austria sign agreements
1697 Monarch August van Saksen becomes Catholic
1676 Battle at Palermo: French beats Dutch/Spanish fleet
1633 Prince Frederik Henry conquerors fort Rhine at Cologne
1627 English king Charles I establishes Guyana Company
1625 Prince Frederik Henry sworn in as viceroy of Holland/Zealand
1619 England and Netherlands signs treaty about business in the Indies
1129 Fulco V's son Godfried marries king Henry I's daughter Mathildis
657 St. Eugene I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
575 Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
455 A D Gaiseric and the Vandals sacked Rome











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