2nd June, on this day

455 Gaiseric and the Vandals sack Rome
575 Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
657 St Eugene I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1098 First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city. The second siege would later start on June 7.
1420 King Henry V of England marries Catherine of Valois, daughter of Charles VI, King of France
1615 First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.
1692 Bridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, is found guilty, and would go on to be hanged on June 10.
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.
1774 Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to let British soldiers into their homes, is reenacted.
1780 The Derby horse race is held for the first time.
1793 Jean-Paul Marat recites the names of 29 people to the French National Convention. Almost all of these are guillotined, followed by 17,000 more over the course of the next year during the Reign of Terror.
1797 1st ascent of "Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack, NY (C Broadhead)
1835 P.T. Barnum and his circus begin 1st tour of US
1851 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)
1855 The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.
1857 James Gibbs, Va., patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine
1858 Donati Comet 1st seen named after it's discoverer
1862 Gen Robert E Lee takes command of the Confederate armies of E VA and NC
1864 Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2
1865 At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders the Trans-Mississippi Dept
1866 Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces
1868 The first meeting of the Trades Union Congress, in Manchester.
1873 Ground broken on Clay St (SF) for world's 1st cable railroad
1886 United States President Grover Cleveland marries Francis Folsom inside the White House in Washington
1896 Scientist and inventor Guglielmo Marconi patents broadcasting by electromagnetic waves.
1899 Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lynchings
1909 Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
1910 1st roundtrip flight over the English Channel (C.S. Rolls, England)
1910 Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
1916 World War I: Start of the Second Battle of Ypres.
1924 US citizenship granted to all American Indians
1930 1st baby born on a vessel passing through Panama Canal
1932 New Zealand engineer Major Frank Holmes finds oil in Bahrain
1936 Gen Anastasio Somoza takes over as dictator of Nicaragua
1938 Robert and Edward Kennedy, the youngest sons of the American Ambassador to London, Joseph Kennedy, open the Children's Zoo in Regents Park, London
1946 Italy abolishes its monarchy and proclaims itself a republic
1949 In the Middle East, Transjordan is renamed the Kingdom of Jordan
1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London. The first British coronation to be televised
1954 British jockey Lester Piggott, aged 18, becomes the youngest jockey to win the Derby at Epsom riding 33-1 outsider Never Say Die
1959 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid," SF
1964 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour debuts in Lynn, Mass
1965 First Australian combat troops arrive in Vietnam
1965 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (Ganges R India)
1966 US spacecraft Surveyor I makes a successful soft landing on the Moon and begins sending detailed pictures back to Earth
1967 Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston
1967 Protests in West Berlin against the arrival of the Shah of Iran turn into riots, during which Benno Ohnesorg is killed by a police officer. His death results in the founding of the terrorist group Movement 2 June.
1969 74 American sailors are killed when the Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne collides with the US destroyer Frank E.Evans in the South China Sea
1972 Dion and the Belmonts reunion concert at Madison Square Garden
1975 James A Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)
1975 French sex workers occupied a Lyon church in protest against excessive fines and taxes, as well as a lack of police action against violence, thereby sparking the birth of the modern sex worker rights movement.
1977 NJ allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
1979 Polish-born Pope John Paul II arrives in Poland - the first visit by a Pope to a Communist country
1979 NASA launches space vehicle S-198
1981 Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be
1983 Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinatti
1984 Actress Jill Ireland has a radical masectomy
1984 Flight readiness firing of Discovery's main engines
1985 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announce an indefinite ban on English football clubs from taking part in any of the European competitions after continued hooliganism by their fans when travelling abroad
1986 Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins
1988 Australian High Court rejects Britain's bid to ban further publication of the 'Spycatcher' memoirs of former British secret agent Peter Wright
1989 Rolling Stones Bill Wyman marries Mandy Smith
1990 Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 88 confirmed tornados in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12. Petersburg, Indiana was the hardest-hit town in the outbreak, with 6 deaths.
1992 Denmark rejects the Maastricht Treaty by a thin margin in a national referendum.
1994 25 senior intelligence officers, involved in counter terrorism in Northern Ireland, are killed when their Chinook helicopter crashes on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland
1997 Timothy McVeigh is found guilty of planting the bomb at the federal building in Oklahoma City, USA in 1995 which killed 168 people when it exploded
1998 The CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.
1999 The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time.
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.

2nd June 2006

Oilmen kidnapped from Nigeria rig

Hard labour for Abu Ghraib abuser

EU bans poultry from Romanian

2nd June 2007

Violent clashes at German rally

Battle rages on Lebanon camp edge

Four charged over JFK 'bomb plot'

2nd June 2008

Bomb hits Pakistan Danish embassy

French train crash kills children

Monsoon 'kills 13' in Sri Lanka

2nd June 2009

Eight shot dead in Turkish flat

Plane searchers spot ocean debris

N Korea 'names Kim's successor'

2nd June 2010

Gunman kills 12 people in Cumbria rampage

Dhaka building collapse kills 14

World War II bomb kills 3 in Germany

Birthdates which occurred on 2nd June :
1491 Henry VIII King of England (1509-47)
1740 Marquis de Sade 1st known sadist, writer (Justine)
1821 Ion Bratianu (Lib), premier of Romania (1876-88)
1835 St Pius X 257th Roman Catholic pope (1903-14)
1840 Thomas Hardy England, poet/novelist (Mayor of Casterbridge)
1857 Edward Elgar Broadheath, England, composer (Pomp & Circumstance)
1857 Karl Gjellerup Denmark, poet/novelist (Nobel 1917)
1863 Felix Weingartner Germany, conductor (Zara, Dalmatia)
1890 Hedda Hopper gossip columnist (From Under My Hat)
1894 Erich R”mer Germany, ice hockey player (Olympic-bronze-1932)
19-- Al Ruscio Salem Mass, actor (Paul-Shannon)
19-- Chris Bernau actor (Guiding Light)
19-- Dennis Haysbert San Mateo Calif, actor (Code Red)
19-- Joan Pringle Harlem NYC, actress (Ironside, That's My Mama)
19-- Marie Cheatham actress (Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light)
19-- Michael Steele female rocker (Bangles-Walk Like an Egyptian)
19-- Richard McKenzie Chattanooga Tn, actor (Walter-It Takes Two)
19-- Tom Hill Mussoorie India, actor (Wizards & Warriors)
1901 Michael Todd producer (Around the World in 80 Days)
1904 John Weissmuller actor (Tarzan)/100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1924, 28)
1913 Barbara Pym romantic author (Very Private Eye)
1913 Bert Farber Bkln NY, orch leader (Arthur Gudfrey, Vic Damone)
1917 Max Showalter Caldwell Ks, actor/composer (Stockard Channing Show)
1926 Milo O'Shea actor (Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet)
1927 Phillip Burton historian (Vanishing Eagles)
1930 Charles Pete Conrad Jr Phila, USN/astro (Gem 5 11, Ap 12, Skylab 2)
1932 Sammy Turner Patterson, NJ, singer (Lavender Blue Moods)
1933 Bob Rozario Shanghai China, orch leader (Tony Orlando, Marie)
1936 Sally Kellerman Long Beach Cal, actress (M*A*S*H, Back to School)
1936 Vladimir Golubnichy USSR, 20K walker (Olympic-gold-1960, 68)
1940 Constantine II deposed king of Greece (-1967)
1941 Charlie Watts drummer (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)
1941 Stacy Keach Savannah Ga, actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer)
1941 William Guest Atlanta Ga, singer (Gladys Knight Show)
1943 Charles Haid SF Ca, actor (Andy Renko-Hill St Blues, Altered States)
1944 Garo Yepremian NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins)
1944 Marvin Hamlisch US, composer/pianist (The Sting, Chorus Line)
1944 Poul Jensen Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
1948 Albert Innaurato Phila, playwright/director (Age in Soho)
1948 Jerry Mathers Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver)
1950 Joanna Gleason Toronto Canada, actress (Morgan-Hello Larry)
1953 Craig Stadler San Diego Calif, PGA golfer (Masters 1982)
1955 Dana Carvey comedian (Sat Night Live-Church Lady/George Bush)
1955 Garry Grimes SF, actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44)
1960 Tony Hadley rocker (Spandau Ballet-True)
1976 Adrian Carlos Olivares Mexico City, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)


Deaths which occurred on June 2nd:
1882 Guiseppi Garibaldi Italian rebel leader, dies at 74
1941 Lou Gehrig Yankee great, dies at 37 of ALS in Riverdale NY
1943 Leslie Howard actor killed, when Nazis shot down his plane
1961 George S Kaufman playwright/dir/pulitzer prize winner, dies at 72
1967 Zamah Cunningham actress (Menosha the Magnificent), dies at 74
1976 Alan Dewitt actor (Mr Tyler-It's About Time), dies at 52
1977 Forrest Lewis actor (Great Gildersleeve, Ichabod & Me), dies at 77
1979 Jim Hutton actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 45
1987 Andr‚s Segovia Spanish guitarist, dies at 94
1987 Sammy Kaye orch leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 77
1988 Horace A Hildreth (Gov-Maine, 1945-49), dies at 85
1990 Frederick Mellinger founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, dies at 76
1990 Rex Harrison actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 82 of cancer
1990 Robert Noyce co-inventor (semi-conductor)/founded Intel, dies

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