What Happened on June 2

Significant Events

  • 455 King Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome - Rome looted for 14 days
  • 1862 Robert E Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virgina during US Civil War
  • 1896 Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897
  • 1935 Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player
  • 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London, England
  • 1989 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy
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Did You Know?

James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

On June 2, 1857

Would You Believe?

Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort

On June 2, 1763

Famous Weddings

  • 1129 Fulco V's son Godfried marries King Henry I's daughter Mathildis
  • 1886 U.S. President Grover Cleveland (49) weds Frances Folsom (21), 1st presidential marriage to be held at the White House
  • 1919 Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein (40) weds his cousin Elsa Lowenthal (43)
  • 1945 Athlete Jim Thorpe (57) weds Patricia Askew
  • 1951 "The Thin Man" actress Myrna Loy (45) weds UNESCO delegate Howland H. Sargeant
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