What happened on June 2? There are more than 282 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About June 2

June 2 In HistoryJune 2 is the 153rd day of the year 2021. There are 212 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 22nd week of the year 2021.

On this day in Potlatch, Idaho 83855 sunrise will occur at 04:55 AM and sunset will occur at 08:36 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Gemini. The modern birthstone for this month is Pearl while the mystical birthstone is Moonstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 244 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For June 2

  • 455
    Sack of Rome: Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks
  • 1098
    First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city. The second siege would later start on June 7.
  • 1615
    First Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.
  • 1676
    Franco-Dutch War: France ensured the supremacy of its naval fleet for the remainder of the war with its victory in the Battle of Palermo.
  • 1692
    Bridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Found guilty, she is 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 is enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters are not provided.
  • 1793
    French Revolution: François Hanriot, leader of the Parisian National Guard, arrests 22 Girondists selected by Jean-Paul Marat, setting the stage for the Reign of Terror.
  • 1805
    Napoleonic Wars: A Franco-Spanish fleet recaptures Diamond Rock, an uninhabited island at the entrance to the bay leading to Fort-de-France, from the British.
  • 1835
    P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
  • 1848
    The Slavic congress in Prague begins.
  • 1855
    The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.
  • 1866
    Fenian raids: Fenians are victorious in both the Battle of Ridgeway and the Battle of Fort Erie.
  • 1876
    Hristo Botev, a national revolutionary of Bulgaria, is killed in Stara Planina
  • 1886
    U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.
  • 1896
    Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his newest invention: the radio.
  • 1909
    Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
  • 1910
    Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, becomes the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane.
  • 1919
    Anarchists simultaneously set off bombs in eight separate U.S. cities.
  • 1924
    U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
  • 1941
    World War II: German paratoopers murder Greek civilians in the village of Kondomari.
  • 1946
    Birth of the Italian Republic: In a referendum, Italians vote to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic. After the referendum the king of Italy Umberto II di Savoia is exiled.
  • 1953
    The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised.
  • 1955
    The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.
  • 1962
    During the 1962 FIFA World Cup, police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players in one of the most violent games in football history.
  • 1966
    Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft land on another world.
  • 1967
    Luis Monge is executed in Colorado’s gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1979
    Pope John Paul II first official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
  • 1983
    After an emergency landing because of an in-flight fire, twenty-three passengers aboard Air Canada Flight 797 are killed when a flashover occurs as the plane’s doors open. Because of this incident, numerous new safety regulations are put in place.
  • 1990
    The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 66 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12. Petersburg, Indiana, is the hardest-hit town in the outbreak, with 6 deaths.
  • 1995
    United States Air Force Captain Scott O'Grady’s F-16 is shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.
  • 1997
    In Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 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 center in Kazakhstan.
  • 2004
    Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!
  • 2010
    Derrick Bird goes on a killing spree in Cumbria, killing 13 and injuring 11, see Cumbria shootings.

Who Were Born On June 2?

  • 926
    Murakami, Emperor of Japan (d. 967)
  • 1535
    Pope Leo XI (d. 1605)
  • 1731
    Martha Washington, First American first lady (d. 1802)
  • 1740
    Marquis de Sade, French author (d. 1814)
  • 1743
    Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, Sicilian Occultist (d. 1795)
  • 1773
    John Randolph, U.S. Senator from Virginia (d. 1833)
  • 1774
    William Lawson, explorer of New South Wales, Australia (d. 1850)
  • 1815
    Philip Kearny, American general (d. 1862)
  • 1823
    Gédéon Ouimet, French Canadian politician (d. 1905)
  • 1835
    Pope Pius X (d. 1914)
  • 1838
    Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna (d. 1900)
  • 1840
    Thomas Hardy, English writer (d. 1928)
  • 1857
    Edward Elgar, English composer (d. 1934)
  • 1857
    Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1919)
  • 1861
    Concordia Selander, Swedish actress (d. 1935)
  • 1863
    Felix Weingartner, Yugoslavian conductor (d. 1942)
  • 1865
    George Lohmann, English cricketer (d. 1901)
  • 1869
    Jack O'Connor, American baseball player (d. 1937)
  • 1875
    Charles Stewart Mott, automotive industrialist and mayor (d. 1973)
  • 1878
    Wallace Hartley, English violinist (d. 1912)
  • 1887
    Howard Johnson, American songwriter (d. 1941)
  • 1891
    Takijirō Ōnishi, Japanese WWII figure (d. 1945)
  • 1891
    Thurman Arnold, American attorney and jurist (d. 1969)
  • 1899
    Lotte Reiniger, German film director (d. 1981)
  • 1904
    Frank Runacres, English artist (d. 1974)
  • 1904
    Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (d. 1984)
  • 1907
    Dorothy West, American writer (d. 1998)
  • 1907
    John Lehmann, English poet, editor, and publisher (d. 1987)
  • 1913
    Barbara Pym, English novelist (d. 1980)
  • 1913
    Walter Andreas Schwarz, German singer and author (d. 1992)
  • 1915
    Alexandru Nicolschi, Romanian communist (d. 1992)
  • 1915
    Walter Tetley, American voice actor (d. 1975)
  • 1917
    Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and filmmaker (d. 2006)
  • 1917
    Max Showalter, American actor (d. 2000)
  • 1918
    Kathryn Tucker Windham, American writer and storyteller
  • 1918
    Ruth Atkinson, American cartoonist (d. 1997)
  • 1919
    Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (d. 2005)
  • 1920
    Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969)
  • 1920
    Johnny Speight, British television writer (d. 1998)
  • 1920
    Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Polish-born critic
  • 1920
    Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (d. 2003)
  • 1921
    Betty Freeman, American philanthropist and photographer (d. 2009)
  • 1922
    Charlie Sifford, American golfer
  • 1922
    Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1924
    Al Ruscio, American actor
  • 1924
    June Callwood, Canadian journalist and activist (d. 2007)
  • 1926
    Chiyonoyama Masanobu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 41st Yokozuna (d. 1977)
  • 1926
    Milo O'Shea, Irish actor
  • 1927
    W. Watts Biggers, American novelist and animator
  • 1929
    Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (d. 2007)
  • 1929
    Norton Juster, American author and architect
  • 1930
    Bob Lillis, baseball player
  • 1930
    Pete Conrad, American astronaut (d. 1999)
  • 1931
    Larry Jackson, baseball player (d. 1990)
  • 1931
    William Donaldson, American businessman and politician
  • 1932
    Sammy Turner, American singer
  • 1934
    Johnny Carter, American doo wop singer (d. 2009)
  • 1935
    Carol Shields, American-born novelist (d. 2003)
  • 1935
    Dimitri Kitsikis, Greek turkologist
  • 1935
    Roger Brierley, English actor (d. 2005)
  • 1937
    Jimmy Jones, American singer and songwriter
  • 1937
    Robert Paul, Canadian figure skater
  • 1937
    Sally Kellerman, American actress
  • 1938
    Kevin Brownlow, English film historian and author
  • 1940
    King Constantine II of Greece
  • 1941
    Charlie Watts, English musician (The Rolling Stones)
  • 1941
    Jeff Winkless, American voice actor (d. 2006)
  • 1941
    Stacy Keach, American actor
  • 1941
    William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips)
  • 1942
    Maree Cheatham, American actress
  • 1943
    Charles Haid, American actor
  • 1944
    Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and musician
  • 1945
    Jane Bonnie Newman, American politician
  • 1945
    Jon Peters, American film producer and hairdresser
  • 1946
    Lasse Hallström, Swedish film director
  • 1946
    Peter Sutcliffe, English serial killer
  • 1946
    Song Dae Kwan, Korean singer
  • 1947
    Mark Elder, British opera and symphony conductor
  • 1948
    Jerry Mathers, American actor
  • 1949
    Frank Rich, American theater critic and columnist
  • 1949
    Heather Couper, British astronomer
  • 1950
    Joanna Gleason, Canadian actress and singer
  • 1951
    Larry Robinson, Canadian hockey player
  • 1952
    Gary Bettman, American National Hockey League commissioner
  • 1953
    Cornel West, American civil rights activist
  • 1953
    Craig Stadler, American golfer
  • 1953
    Keith Allen, Welsh comedian, actor, singer and writer
  • 1954
    Dennis Haysbert, American actor
  • 1955
    Chantal Hochuli, Swiss-born socialite
  • 1955
    Dana Carvey, American actor
  • 1955
    Michael Steele, American musician (The Bangles)
  • 1956
    Jan Lammers, Dutch racing driver
  • 1956
    Malcolm Garrett, English graphic designer
  • 1957
    Jonathan Stack, American documentary filmmaker
  • 1957
    Mark Lawrenson, English football commentator
  • 1958
    Lawrence Pfohl, American professional wrestler
  • 1959
    Charlie Huddy, Canadian hockey player
  • 1959
    Lydia Lunch, American singer
  • 1960
    Kyle Petty, American race car driver
  • 1960
    Tony Hadley, English singer (Spandau Ballet)
  • 1961
    Dez Cadena, American musician (Black Flag)
  • 1963
    Jim Burns, American entrepreneur
  • 1964
    Caroline Link, German film director and screenwriter
  • 1965
    Jim Knipfel, American autobiographer and journalist
  • 1965
    Mark Waugh Australian cricketer
  • 1965
    Steve Waugh, Australian cricketer
  • 1966
    Pedro Guerra, Spanish songwriter and singer
  • 1967
    Mike Stanton, American baseball player
  • 1968
    Beetlejuice, American radio personality
  • 1968
    Jason Falkner, American musician
  • 1968
    Jon Culshaw, British comedian
  • 1969
    Cy Chadwick, English actor
  • 1970
    Andy McCollum, American football player
  • 1970
    B-Real, American rapper (Cypress Hill)
  • 1971
    Anthony Montgomery, American actor
  • 1971
    Jo Koy, Filipino-American comedian
  • 1971
    Kateřina Jacques, Czech politician
  • 1972
    Raúl Ibáñez, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Simon Staho, Danish film director
  • 1972
    Wayne Brady, American actor and comedian
  • 1972
    Wentworth Miller, American actor
  • 1973
    Neifi Perez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1974
    Gata Kamsky, American chess player
  • 1974
    Matt Serra, American mixed martial artist
  • 1976
    Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brazilian mixed martial artist
  • 1976
    Earl Boykins, American basketball player
  • 1976
    Martin Čech, Czech ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • 1976
    Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho
  • 1976
    Tim Rice-Oxley, English musician (Keane)
  • 1977
    Zachary Quinto, American actor
  • 1978
    A.J. Styles, American professional wrestler
  • 1978
    Dominic Cooper, English actor
  • 1978
    Justin Long, American actor
  • 1978
    Nikki Cox, American actress
  • 1979
    Morena Baccarin, Brazilian actress
  • 1980
    Abby Wambach, American footballer
  • 1980
    Bobby Simmons, American basketball player
  • 1980
    Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian rock drummer (The Strokes)
  • 1980
    Matt Manning, British rock bassist (The Fuegos)
  • 1981
    Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
  • 1981
    Nikolay Davydenko, Russian tennis player
  • 1981
    Velvet Sky, American professional wrestler
  • 1982
    Jewel Staite, Canadian actress
  • 1983
    Brooke White, American singer
  • 1983
    Christopher Higgins, American ice hockey player
  • 1983
    Leela James, American singer-songwriter
  • 1984
    Max Boyer, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1985
    Ana Cristina, American singer, composer, and actress
  • 1986
    Curtis Lofton, American football player
  • 1987
    Darin Zanyar, Swedish singer
  • 1987
    Maryka Holtzhausen, South African netballer
  • 1987
    Sonakshi Sinha, Indian actress
  • 1988
    Patrik Berglund, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1988
    Sergio Agüero, Argentinian footballer
  • 1989
    Freddy Adu, Ghanaian/American footballer
  • 1989
    Steven Smith, Australian cricketer
  • 1990
    Brittany Curran, American actress
  • 1992
    Pajtim Kasami, Swiss footballer
  • 1994
    Jemma McKenzie-Brown, English actress

Who Died On June 2?

  • 829
    Saint Nicephorus, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 758)
  • 910
    Richilde of Provence, Queen of Western Francia (b. 845)
  • 1418
    Katherine of Lancaster, wife of Henry III of Castile (b. 1373)
  • 1567
    Shane O'Neill, Irish king of Ulsters (b. 1530)
  • 1581
    James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent of Scotland (b. 1525)
  • 1693
    John Wildman, English soldier and politician (b. 1621)
  • 1701
    Madeleine de Scudéry, French writer (b. 1607)
  • 1716
    Ogata Korin, Japanese painter (b. 1658)
  • 1720
    Jeremiah Shepard, American minister (b. 1648)
  • 1754
    Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter (b. 1680)
  • 1761
    Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1685)
  • 1785
    Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician (b. 1713)
  • 1806
    William Tate, English painter (b. 1747)
  • 1833
    Simon Byrne, Irish bare-knuckle prize fighter (b. 1806)
  • 1853
    Henry Trevor, 21st Baron Dacre, British peer and soldier (b. 1777)
  • 1865
    Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician (b. 1783)
  • 1875
    Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1876
    Hristo Botev, Bulgarian revolutionary and poet (b. 1848)
  • 1881
    Émile Littré, French lexicographer (b. 1801)
  • 1882
    Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian revolutionarist (b. 1807)
  • 1901
    George Leslie Mackay, Canadian missionary (b. 1844)
  • 1933
    Frank Jarvis, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • 1937
    Louis Vierne, French organist and composer (b. 1870)
  • 1941
    Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • 1942
    Bunny Berigan, American jazz musician (b. 1908)
  • 1948
    Karl Brandt, personal physician of Adolf Hitler (b. 1904)
  • 1948
    Karl Gebhardt, German doctor (b. 1897)
  • 1948
    Viktor Brack, German physician (b. 1904)
  • 1948
    Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • 1948
    Wolfram Sievers, German SS officer (b. 1905)
  • 1952
    Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect (b. 1880)
  • 1956
    Jean Hersholt, Danish actor and humanitarian (b. 1886)
  • 1961
    George S. Kaufman, American playwright (b. 1889)
  • 1962
    Vita Sackville-West, English writer, and gardener (b. 1892)
  • 1967
    Benno Ohnesorg, German student (b. 1940)
  • 1968
    André Mathieu, Quebec pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • 1969
    Leo Gorcey, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 1970
    Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1970
    Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and designer (b. 1937)
  • 1970
    Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (b. 1888)
  • 1974
    Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (b. 1949)
  • 1976
    Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia (b. 1920)
  • 1976
    Kenneth Mason, British geographer (b. 1887)
  • 1977
    Albert Bittlmayer, German footballer (b. 1952)
  • 1977
    Stephen Boyd, Northern Irish actor (b. 1931)
  • 1979
    Jim Hutton, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 1982
    Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (b. 1904)
  • 1983
    Stan Rogers, Canadian musician (b. 1949)
  • 1984
    Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (b. 1908)
  • 1986
    Aurèle Joliat, Canadian hockey player (b. 1901)
  • 1987
    Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (b. 1893)
  • 1987
    Anthony de Mello, Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist (b. 1931)
  • 1987
    Sammy Kaye, American bandleader (b. 1910)
  • 1988
    Raj Kapoor, Indian film actor, producer and director (b. 1924)
  • 1989
    Ted a'Beckett, Australian cricketer (b. 1907)
  • 1990
    Jack Gilford, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 1990
    Sir Rex Harrison, English actor (b. 1908)
  • 1992
    Philip Dunne, American film director (b. 1908)
  • 1993
    Johnny Mize, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • 1994
    David Stove, Australian philosopher (b. 1927)
  • 1996
    Amos Tversky, Israeli psychologist (b. 1937)
  • 1996
    John Alton, American cinematographer (b. 1901)
  • 1996
    Leon Garfield, English children’s author (b. 1921)
  • 1996
    Ray Combs, American game show host and comedian (b. 1956)
  • 1997
    Doc Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1905)
  • 1998
    Sylvester Ritter, American wrestler (b. 1952)
  • 1999
    Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)
  • 2000
    Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 2000
    Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • 2001
    Frank Stagg, Baptist theologian (b. 1911)
  • 2001
    Imogene Coca, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2001
    Joey Maxim, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 2003
    Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • 2004
    Loyd Sigmon, American amateur radio broadcaster (b. 1909)
  • 2005
    Chloe Jones, Model and pornographic actress (b. 1975)
  • 2005
    Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • 2005
    Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)
  • 2005
    Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and teacher (b. 1950)
  • 2006
    Keith Smith, English rugby player (b. 1952)
  • 2006
    Vince Welnick, musician, keyboardist (The Grateful Dead) (b. 1951)
  • 2007
    Huang Ju, Chinese Vice-Premier (b. 1938)
  • 2007
    Kentarō Haneda, Japanese composer (b. 1949)
  • 2008
    Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • 2008
    Mel Ferrer, American actor, film director and film producer (b. 1917)
  • 2009
    David Eddings, American fantasy writer (b. 1931)
  • 2011
    Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)

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