Historical Events on June 2

  • 455 King Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome - Rome looted for 14 days
  • 575 Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 657 St Eugene I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1615 First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France
  • 1619 England and the Netherlands sign treaty about trading in the Indies

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1625 Prince Frederick Henry sworn in as viceroy of Holland/Zealand

Prince of Orange Frederick Henry
Prince of Orange
Frederick Henry

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1627 English king Charles I establishes Guyana Company

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1633 Prince Frederick Henry conquers fort Rhine at Cologne
  • 1676 Battle at Palermo: French beats Dutch and Spanish fleet
  • 1697 August, Elector of Saxony becomes Catholic
  • 1746 Russia and Austria sign agreements
  • 1763 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

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1771 "Armida", an operatic 'dramma per musica' by Antonio Salieri debuts at the Vienna Burgtheater

Composer Antonio Salieri
Antonio Salieri
  • 1774 Intolerable Acts: Amendment to original Quartering Act enacted, allows governors in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters not provided
  • 1780 Anti-Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London
  • 1797 1st ascent of "Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack, NY (C Broadhead)

  • 1834 5th national black convention meets (NYC)
  • 1835 P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US
  • 1848 The Slavic congress in Prague begins.
  • 1851 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)
  • 1855 The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine
  • 1857 James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine
  • 1858 Donati Comet 1st seen named after its discoverer

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1862 Robert E Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virgina during US Civil War

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1862 Raid at Early's: Maryland towards Washington, D.C.

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1863 Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman
  • 1864 Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2
  • 1865 At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi Dept
  • 1866 Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces
  • 1869 Cleveland's Forest City play their 1st game (vs Cincinnati Red Stockings)
  • 1873 Construction begins on Clay St (San Francisco) for world's 1st cable railroad
  • 1875 James Augustine Healey became 1st Black Catholic Bishop in US

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1875 Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission

  • 1876 Hristo Botev, a Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary, is killed in Stara Planina
  • 1881 Haarlem-Zandvoort Railway opens
  • 1882 Pierre de Brazza festival welcomed in Paris
  • 1883 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • 1883 Chicago's "El" opens to traffic
  • 1896 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5

InventionHistoric Invention

1896 Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897

Inventor and Nobel Laureate Guglielmo Marconi
Inventor and Nobel Laureate
Guglielmo Marconi
  • 1899 Black Americans observed day of fasting in protest against lynchings

  • 1901 Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)
  • 1902 2nd statewide initiative & referendum law adopted, in Oregon

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1902 British naval officer David Beatty is appointed captain of the cruiser HMS Juno

British Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty
British Admiral of the Fleet
David Beatty
  • 1903 Netherlands Korfball League forms
  • 1903 Pirates win a triple header from Dodgers
  • 1904 Professor Schron finds microbe that causes photosynthesis
  • 1908 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan riding Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4
  • 1909 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan riding Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6
  • 1909 Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time
  • 1910 1st roundtrip flight over English Channel (C S Rolls, England)
  • 1910 Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
  • 1913 1st strike settlement mediated by US Department of Labor - railroad clerks
  • 1913 Demonstrations for general voting right in Netherlands
  • 1914 Glenn Curtiss flies his Langley Aerodrome
  • 1916 German troops under Lt Rackow take Fort Vaux

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1917 Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircrafts as they were about to take off and several more on the ground, for which he is awarded the Victoria Cross

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 1919 Pulitzer prize awarded to Carl Sandburg (Cornhuskers)
  • 1920 Pulitzer prize awarded to Eugene O'Neill (Beyond the Horizon)
  • 1922 Suffy McInnis (1st base) ends an errorless string of 1,700 chances
  • 1924 Snyder Act: US citizenship granted to all American Indians

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1924 President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act, declaring all Native Americans to be American citizens

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge

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1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig begins his 2,130 consecutive game streak

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1928 Kraft, building on the original 1918 design, rolls out Velveeta cheese
  • 1930 Sarah Dickson becomes 1st woman Presbyterian elder in US, Cincinnati
  • 1932 German Chancellor Franz von Papen forms his "Cabinet of the Barons"

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1933 FDR authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1933 WNJ-AM in Newark NJ goes off the air
  • 1934 French Championships Men's Tennis: Gottfried von Cramm of Germany wins 1st of 2 French titles; beats Australian Jack Crawford 6-4, 7-9, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • 1934 39th Women's French Championships: Margaret Scriven beats Helen Jacobs (7-5, 4-6, 6-1)

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1935 Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1935 French Championships Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry wins his only French title, beating Gottfried von Cramm of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1935 40th Women's French Championships: Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu (6-2, 6-1)
  • 1936 General Anastasio Somoza García takes over as dictator of Nicaragua
  • 1940 Heavy German bombing on Dunkirk beach

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1942 Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1943 99th Pursuit Squadron flies 1st combat mission (over Italy)
  • 1943 German assault on Sebastopol, Crimea, begins

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1944 Generals Eisenhower & Montgomery dine in Portsmouth

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944 Herzogenbusch concentration camp near Vught, Netherlands, is disbanded by Allied forces, one of two SS-run camps outside Germany
  • 1946 Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day)
  • 1947 "Louisiana Lady" opens at Century Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • 1947 Hungarian premier Ferenc Nagy resigns
  • 1950 St Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs Washington Senators
  • 1951 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Evangelii praecones
  • 1952 650,000 metal workers go on strike in US
  • 1952 Maurice Olley of General Motors begins designing the Corvette

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1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London, England

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1954 John Costello (Cons) becomes premier of Ireland
  • 1955 The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.
  • 1956 Yugoslav president Tito visits Moscow

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1957 US TV interviews Nikita Khrushchev

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1958 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio
  • 1958 Brooks Robinson hits into 1st of record 4 triple plays

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1958 Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

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1959 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", San Francisco

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1960 Broadway theaters close (labor dispute between owners & Actors Equity)

Sport awardTennis Open

1962 French Championships Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2; 2nd leg of Laver's 1st Grand Slam

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1962 French Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Margaret Smith beats doubles partner Lesley Turner 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

Music release#1 in the Charts

1962 Ray Charles' cover "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" from his influential crossover album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" hits #1 on Billboard

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles
  • 1964 "Folies Bergère" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances
  • 1964 Lal Bahadur Sjastri elected premier of India
  • 1964 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1965 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (Ganges River, India)
  • 1966 US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing
  • 1967 Race riots in Roxbury suburb of Boston
  • 1968 Canadians must get government permission to export silver
  • 1968 WBLG (now WTVQ) TV channel 62 in Lexington, KY (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1969 Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne slices US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, killing 74 (South Vietnam)
  • 1971 15th European Cup: Ajax beats Panathinaikos 2-0 at London
  • 1972 Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh

  • 1973 "Nash at Nine" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • 1973 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown
  • 1974 Mali adopts constitution
  • 1974 Malta's constitution goes into effect
  • 1975 First recorded snowfall in London in June
  • 1975 James A Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)
  • 1975 VP Rockefeller finds no pattern of illegal activities at CIA
  • 1976 East Timor People's Assembly accepts annexation by Indonesia
  • 1977 New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City

BeatificationPapal Visit

1979 John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1979 NASA launches space vehicle S-198

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1979 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley signs first homosexual rights bill

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • 1980 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances

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1981 Barbara Walters famously asks Katharine Hepburn “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?”

Actress Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Broadcast Journalist Barbara Walters
Broadcast Journalist
Barbara Walters
  • 1982 "Blues in the Night" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 53 performances
  • 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
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Major

1985 LPGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins by 8 shots from fellow American Alice Miller

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1985 39th Tony Awards: Biloxi Blues & Big River win
  • 1985 Andreas Papandreou's PASOK-party wins election in Greece
  • 1985 RJ Reynolds Company proposed a merger with Nabisco
  • 1986 NYC transit system issues a new brass with steel bullseye token
  • 1986 Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins
  • 1987 Mariners draft Ken Griffey Jr #1
  • 1988 61st National Spell Bee: Rageshree Ramachandran wins spelling elegiacal
  • 1988 Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile

Film release premierFilm Premier

1989 "Dead Poets Society" film starring Robin Williams premieres

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 1989 14 year old Scott Isaacs spells spoliator to win 1989 Spelling Bee
  • 1989 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle

ChinaGoddess of Democracy

1989 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy
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  • 1990 "Turtle Power" by Partners In Kryme hits #13
  • 1990 Seattle's Randy Johnson, no-hits Tigers, 2-0
  • 1991 45th Tony Awards: "Lost in Yonkers" & "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

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1992 Former NFL NY Giant Coach Bill Parcells undergoes open heart surgery

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1992 Wilson Phillips release their second album "Shadows & Light"
  • 1994 67th National Spelling Bee: Ned Andrews wins spelling antediluvian
  • 1994 Chinook helicopter crashes in North Scotland (29 killed)

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1994 Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

Director Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Janusz Kamiński
  • 1994 Sharon Stone files $12m lawsuit against her jeweler
  • 1995 John Valentin hits 3 HRs
  • 1996 50th Tony Awards: Master Class & Rent win
  • 1996 US Open Women's Golf, Pine Needles GC: Annika Sörenstam retains her title by 6 shots from Kris Tschetter
  • 1996 9th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • 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
  • 1998 The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan
  • 1999 The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time
  • 2002 56th Tony Awards: "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "The Goat", or Who is Sylvia?" win
  • 2002 Crime drama "The Wire" created by David Simon and starring Idris Elba and Dominic West debuts on HBO
  • 2003 Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.

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2004 Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings
  • 2009 Switzerland officially enters the global recession
  • 2014 The unity government is sworn into power in Palestine; it agrees to the following: recognition of Israel, compliance to diplomatic agreements, renunciation of violence
  • 2014 Former Liberation Front guerilla fighter Salvador Sánchez Cerén, 69, is sworn in as president in El Salvador
  • 2014 Telangana with Hyderabad as it's capital becomes India's 29th state after it is separated from Andhra Pradesh
  • 2015 US Congress passes new legislation to reform National Security Agency procedures, restricting gathering of phone records
  • 2015 FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces his resignation, 5 days after his re-election, amid FIFA's involvement in a bribery scandal
  • 2015 100 volunters in Bhutan set a world record for tree planting - 49,672 in 1 hour
  • 2017 "Wonder Woman" directed by Patty Jenkins released, earns over $100 million in North American in its opening weekend - domestic record for a female director
  • 2018 Socialist Pedro Sánchez is sworn in as Spanish Prime Minister