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On This Day in History for June 2 (Part 2)

Events in History


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1989 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, protecting students demonstrating for democracy

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Hundreds of thousands of Chinese protest around a 10-meter replica of the Statue of Liberty they called the Goddess of Democracy
Hundreds of thousands of Chinese protest around a 10-meter replica of the Statue of Liberty they called the Goddess of Democracy
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  • 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 Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin
  • 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)
  • 1994 Sharon Stone files $12m lawsuit against her jeweler
  • 1995 John Valentin hits 3 HRs
  • 1996 50th Tony Awards: "Master Class" & "Rent" win
  • 1996 9th Children's Miracle Network Telethon
  • 1997 Liberals beat Conservatives in France

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1997 Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168

Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist Timothy McVeigh
Oklahoma City Bomber and Terrorist
Timothy McVeigh
  • 1998 The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan
  • 2002 56th Tony Awards: "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "The Goat", or Who is Sylvia?" win

  • 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 volunteers 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
  • 2020 New outbreak of Ebola has killed five people in city of Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2020 Brazilian death toll passes 30,000 from COVID-19 at 31,199 with 555,383 number of cases confirmed, 2nd only to the US

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2020 UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet says pandemic exposing "endemic inequalities" around the world, cites death of George Floyd and higher death toll for ethnic minorities

President of Chile Michelle Bachelet
President of Chile
Michelle Bachelet
Victim of Police Brutality George Floyd
Victim of Police Brutality
George Floyd
  • 2020 UK death toll from COVID-19 passes 50,000 (50,032) according to its Office of National Statistics

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