Ken Fussichen's History Of The Day For
June 2nd

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553*The Second Council of Constantinople closed. Led by Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople, the council condemned the Nestorian writings of Theodore of Mopsuestia, Theodoret of Cyprus and Ibas of Edessa.Ref: 5
575*Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 5
597*Augustine, missionary to England and first archbishop of Canterbury, baptized Saxon king Ethelbert. Afterward, the Christian faith spread rapidly among the Angles and Saxons.Ref: 5
657*St Eugene I ends his reign as Catholic Pope.Ref: 5
1537*Pope Paul III bans the enslavement of Indians in the New World.Ref: 2
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) Susannah Sheldon reports that the specters of Mary English, Bridget Bishop, and Giles Corey appeared to her. Seventy people now stand accused of witchcraft.Ref: 21
1692*(Salem Witch Trials) Lt Governor William Stoughton opens the Court of Oyer and Terminer ("to hear and determine"). Bridget Bishop is the first to be tried and convicted of witchcraft. She is sentenced to die.Ref: 16
1774*The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, is reenacted.Ref: 2
1793*Maximillian Robespierre, a member of France's Committee on Public Safety, initiates the "Reign of Terror."Ref: 2
1800*John Adams moved to Washington DC. He was the first President to live in what became the capital of the United States. It would be November before he would move into the People’s House, or the Executive Mansion, later known as The White House.Ref: 4
1834*5th national black convention meet (NYC).Ref: 5
1851*Maine becomes the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.Ref: 70
1866*Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces.Ref: 5
1871*(or 3rd) The Ocobock Brothers’ Bank in Corydon, IA was relieved of the sum of $15,000 in cash by 24-year-old Jesse James and his gang of outlaws.Ref: 52
1873*Ground broken on Clay St (SF) for world's first cable railroad.Ref: 5
1875*Shawnee Creek (in Greene County OH) floods after a two-hour rainfall. First floor of many homes inundated "but no serious damage".Ref: 56
1875*James A. Healy was consecrated bishop over the Diocese of Maine, making him the first African- American bishop in the history of American Catholicism.Ref: 5
1883*Chicago's "El" opens to traffic.Ref: 5
1886*Grover Cleveland became the first US President to get married in the White House. He exchanged vows with his bride, Florence Folsom.Ref: 4
1895 Japan takes formal possession of Formosa (Taiwan) from China.Ref: 10
1897*Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that "the report of my death was an exaggeration."Ref: 70
1899*Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lynchings.Ref: 5
1902*2nd statewide initiative & referendum law adopted, in Oregon.Ref: 5
1910 Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea.Ref: 5
1913*First strike settlement mediated by US Dep't of Labor-RR clerks.Ref: 5
1914*Glenn Curtiss flies his Langley Aerodrome.Ref: 5
1916*A tornado passes through Greene County OH causing flooding. (XDG, 3/2/1984)Ref: 83
1919*In another round of bombings Carlo Valdinoci (who had been in Mexico with Sacco and Vanzetti two years earlier) blows himself up outside the home of Attorney General Palmer. Sacco and Vanzetti are rumored to have taken part in the bombing.Ref: 87
1924*A child labor ammendment to the U.S. Constitution was proposed; only 28 of the necessary 36 states ever ratified it.Ref: 59
1924*Congress grants US citizenship to all American Indians. (XDG, p 4A, 6/2/2000)Ref: 83
1930*Sarah Dickson becomes first woman Presbyterian elder in US, Cincinnati.Ref: 5
1933*President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the first swimming pool to be built inside the White House. Roosevelt got plenty of use out of the pool, considering that he was the only President to be elected four times. He won election over Herbert Hoover, Alf Landon, Wendell Wilkie and Thomas E. Dewey.Ref: 4
1936*Gen Anastasio Somoza takes over as dictator of Nicaragua.Ref: 5
1937*Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson of Baltimore, MD, the woman who was the cause of King Edward VIII’s abdication of the British throne, was married this day to the former King (The Duke of Windsor). This was the storybook romance; the king in love with the commoner gives up his throne to spend the rest of his life with the woman he loves. They lived happily ever after ... in France.Ref: 4
1946 Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day).Ref: 5
1949 Transjordan renamed Jordan.Ref: 5
1953*The coronation of 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth II was broadcast from Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI. The crowning of the new Queen of England became one of the first international news events to be given complete coverage on television. All three American TV networks plus the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) provided colorful descriptions of the pomp and circumstance. Most viewers saw the coronation in black and white because color TV was not yet the standard of the industry. Quality of the pictures, in fact, was lacking compared to today’s international, and often instantaneous broadcasts. There was no satellite TV transmission at the time. The ‘live’ pictures were relayed by telephone cable.Ref: 4
1954*Senator Joseph McCarthy charges that there are communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.Ref: 2
1957*Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was interviewed by CBS-TV. News correspondent Daniel Schorr was first to interview the Soviet leader.Ref: 4
1959*The first class to graduate from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, did so on this day.Ref: 4
1967*First issue of ComputerworldRef: 62
1967*Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston.Ref: 5
1968*The remaining Columbus-Cincinnati passenger trains are rerouted through Dayton and Springfield ending passenger service on the Little Miami Railroad and Xenia (OH). (Shell, James H, "Next Stop! Xenia", 1994) 
1975*Vice President Nelson Rockefeller says his commission found no widespread pattern of illegal activities at the CIA. (XDG, p 4A, 6/2/2000)Ref: 83
1975*James A Healy, first black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine).Ref: 5
1977*NJ allows casino gambling in Atlantic City.Ref: 5
1979*Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.Ref: 70
1985*The R.J. Reynolds Company proposed a major merger with Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) that would create a $4.9 billion conglomerate of food distribution and other popular products, including tobacco.Ref: 4
1985*American Health magazine released a survey that indicated 52 percent of doctors claimed that no one really should need to eat red meat more than once or twice a week, and 72 percent said that a vegetarian diet was a passing fad.Ref: 4
1986*NYC transit system issues a new brass with steel bullseye token.Ref: 5
1987*President Reagan announces he is nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.Ref: 70
1989*14 year old Scott Isaacs spells spoliator to win 1989 Spelling Bee.Ref: 5
1989 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, BeijingRef: 5
1993 South Africa's Supreme Court upheld Winnie Mandela's conviction for kidnapping four young blacks, but said she would not have to serve any of her five-year jail term. (XDG, p 4A, 6/02/2003)Ref: 83
1997*Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.Ref: 70
1998*Voters in California passed Proposition 227, requiring that all schoolchildren be taught in English.Ref: 70
2001*Louis J. Freeh retired as Director of the FBI.Ref: 14
1805*Lewis & Clark: The expedition comes to a stop at a fork in the river. All the men believe the northern fork is the true Missouri; Lewis and Clark think it's the south fork. After several days of scouting, the captains are still convinced they're right and name the other fork the Marias (after a cousin of Lewis in Virginia). The men still think otherwise but tell the captains "they were ready to follow us any where we thought proper to direct," according to Lewis. Based on information gleaned from the Hidatsas, they know that if they find a big waterfall, they're on the right track.Ref: 65
1856*Cullen Whipple of Providence, RI patented the screw machine.Ref: 4
1857*James Gibbs, Va., patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine.Ref: 5
1858*The Donati Comet is first seen, named after its discoverer.Ref: 5
1896*Guglielmo Marconi receives U.S. patent on radio 10 years after he makes first broadcast in Italy.Ref: 10
1910*Charles Stewart Rolls, one of the founders of Rolls-Royce, becomes the first man to fly an airplane nonstop across the English Channel both ways. Tragically, he becomes Britain's first aircraft fatality the following month when his biplane breaks up in midair.Ref: 2
1966*US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; first lunar soft-landing.Ref: 5
1979*NASA launches space vehicle S-198.Ref: 5
1984*Flight readiness firing of Discovery's main engines.Ref: 5
455 Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome.Ref: 5
1818*The British army defeats the Maratha alliance in Bombay, India.Ref: 2
1859*French forces cross the Ticino River.Ref: 2
1864*Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2.Ref: 5
1865*At Galveston, Texas, Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith surrenders the Trans-Mississippi Department to Union forces.Ref: 2
1928 Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek captures Peking, China, in a bloodless takeover.Ref: 2
1942*The American aircraft carriers Enterprise, Hornet and Yorktown move into their battle positions for the Battle of Midway.Ref: 2
1942*The Western Defense Command warned the public to be on the lookout for Japanese wearing U.S. Army uniforms. The Command said, "All Japanese who are members of the Army of the United States have been removed from the Western Defense Command and Fourth Army, except three on the post at Fort Ord who are on a special assignment." Nine-minute air raid alert in San Francisco. All radio stations from Mexico to Canada were ordered off the air at 9:22 p.m.Ref: 37
1943*99th Pursuit Squadron flies first combat mission (over Italy).Ref: 5
1944*Allied "shuttle bombing" of Germany begins, with bombers departing from Italy and landing in the Soviet Union.Ref: 2
1969*74 American sailors died when the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans was cut in two by an Australian aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.Ref: 2
1995*A U.S. Air Force F-16C was shot down by Bosnian Serbs while on a NATO air patrol in northern Bosnia; the pilot, Capt. Scott F. O'Grady, was rescued six days later.Ref: 70
1797 First ascent of "Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack NY (C Broadhead).Ref: 5
1883*The first baseball game under electric lights is played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.Ref: 2
1891*Charles Garder Radbourn wins his 300th game beating the Beaneaters at South End Grounds in Boston, 10-8. 'Old Hoss', who will finish 484 of the 497 games he starts, will end his 11-year career this season with 309 victories.Ref: 1
1903*Pirates win a triple header from the Dodgers.Ref: 5
1906*The Chicago Cubs Cubs acquire Cincinnati's Orval Overall, who goes 12-3 down stretch to lead Cubs to NL pennant.Ref: 86
1922*Suffy McInnis (1st base) ends an errorless string of 1,700 chances.Ref: 5
1928*At Braves Field, Les Bell collects 15 total bases (three home runs and a triple) but Boston still loses to the Reds, 20-12.Ref: 1
1932*John J. McGraw retired as manager of the NY Giants. McGraw had led the Giants to ten National League pennants and three World Series championships.Ref: 4
1935*Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseballRef: 1
1941*Upon their arrival in Detroit the Yankees learn the sad news that Lou Gehrig has died of ALS in his Riverside home. It was on this day exactly 16 years ago he broke into the Bronx Bombers' starting line-up.Ref: 1
1948*Jamaican-born track star Herb McKenley sets a new world record for the 400 yard dash.Ref: 2
1949*The Phillies hit five home runs (A. Seminick [2], D. Ennis, W. Jones & S. Rowe) in the eighth inning against the Reds.Ref: 1
1951*During a game against the Durham Bulls, Mike Romello hits ump Emil Davidzuk after being called out for leaving third base early. A judge at the game arrests the visiting Danville's shortstop on the spot, and he will later be fined $25.Ref: 1
1958*Brooks Robinson hits into his 1st triple play and will eventually set the Major League record with 4 in a single season. 
1959*Using a smoke bomb attached to a postgame fireworks display, the White Sox ground crew rids the playing field of gnats which had delayed the game against the Orioles for half an hour. After the bugs depart, Baltimore beats Chicago, 3-2.Ref: 1
1975*Baseball’s Billy Martin appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, 19 years after his April, 1956 cover debut in the same publication. It set the record for length of time between covers on the same subject.Ref: 4
1984*The Toronto Blue Jays win their 19th one-run game in a row.Ref: 86
1985*Tommy Sandt had one of those days. Sandt, a major-league baseball player, became one of the few people to be told, “Yer, outta here!” by a home plate umpire -- before the national anthem was played! Sandt got the heave-ho while turning in his team’s lineup card and taking just a moment to complain about an umpire’s call against his team the night before.Ref: 4
1985*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the all-time leading point scorer in the National Basketball Association playoffs. He rang up a total of 4,458 points, smashing the previous record held by Jerry West, also of the Los Angeles Lakers.Ref: 4
1985*Nancy Lopez wins the LPGA tournament.Ref: 5
1987*The Toronto Blue Jays embark on a club record 11-game win streak.Ref: 86
1989*Cincinatti Red Eric Davis hits for the cycle.Ref: 5
1990*Randy Johnson becomes the first Mariner to pitch a no-hitter as the 'Big Unit' shuts out the Tigers, 2-0. The southpaw strikes out eight while walking six in the first no-hitter ever thrown in the 14-year history of the Kingdome.Ref: 1
1995*Limiting the Mets to one run on two hits in 8+ innings of work, Japanese rookie Hideo Nomo picks up his first major league win.Ref: 1
1996*In St. Louis, Darryl Kile ties a major league record by hitting four batters. The Astro hurler becomes the first National League player to do it since Moe Drabowsky accomplished the feat in 1957.Ref: 1
1999*Colorado Rockies uses its first-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft to take RHP Jason Jennings. The Baylor University product later garners College Player of the Year honors.Ref: 86
1999*The Tampa Bay Devil Rays select outfielder Josh Hamilton (Athens Drive HS, Raleigh, NC) with the #1 overall pick in the June draft.Ref: 86
2000*With the Tigers visiting Wrigley Field for the first time since the 1945 World Series, Cub reliever Rick Aguilera pitches a perfect ninth inning for his 300th save to nail down a 2-0 Chicago victoryRef: 1
2000*For the first time a major league team chooses to honor a hero from a different sport as the Montreal Expos will wear Maurice Richard's uniform number (9) on their jerseys to honor the late Montreal Canadians star.Ref: 1
2000*Tampa Bay Devil Rays first baseman Fred McGriff becomes the 31st player in Major League history to reach 400 career home runs, homering off New York's Glendon Rusch at Shea Stadium.Ref: 86
1835*P.T. Barnum & his circus begin first tour of US.Ref: 5
1937 The Fabulous Dr. Tweedy was broadcast on NBC radio for the first time. Frank Morgan starred as the absent-minded Dr. Tweedy.Ref: 4
1937 CBS presented the first broadcast of Second Husband. The show continued on the air until 1946.Ref: 4
1959*Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid," SF.Ref: 5
1960*For the first time in 41 years, the entire Broadway theatre district in NY City was forced to close. The Actors Equity Union and theatre owners came to a showdown with a total blackout of theatres.Ref: 4
1964*The Hollywood Palace on ABC-TV hosted the first appearance of the first US concert tour of The Rolling Stones in Lynn MA. Dean Martin emceed the show. One critic called the Stones “dirtier and streakier and more disheveled than The Beatles.”Ref: 4
1964*The original cast album of Hello Dolly! went gold -- having sold a million copies. It was quite a feat for a Broadway musical.Ref: 4
1967*The Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was released in the US (on Capitol) this day -- one day after its release in the U.K. (on Parlophone). The world is still humming and singing along and tapping fingers and toes to the likes of A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, With a Little Help From My Friends, When I'm Sixty-Four, She’s Leaving Home, the title song and several others. It had taken the Fab Four only 12 hours to record their first album, Please, Please Me. It took the supergroup 700 hours to complete Sgt. Pepper’s. And, who are all of those characters on the cover of the album? See for the answers.Ref: 4
1972*Dion & the Belmonts reunion concert at Madison Square Garden.Ref: 5
1981*Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be.Ref: 5
1984*Actress Jill Ireland has a radical masectomyRef: 5
1985*The Huck Finn-based musical Big River earned seven Tony Awards in New York City at the 39th annual awards presentation.Ref: 4
1986*For the first time the public could watch proceedings of the US Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions began. (XDG, p 4A, 6/02/2003)Ref: 83
1989*Rolling Stones Bill Wyman marries Mandy Smith.Ref: 5
2002*A rock concert at Buckingham Palace celebrated Queen Elizabeth II's 50 years on the throne. (XDG, p 4A, 6/03/2003)Ref: 83
1491*Henry VIII King of England (1509-47), is born.Ref: 5
1732*Martha Washington (Dandridge Custis) first First Lady of the US, wife of first US President George Washington; is born.Ref: 68
1740*Marquis de Sade (Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade) author: Justine; is born.Ref: 4
1773*John Randolph, Virginia statesman and early advocate of the states’ rights: US representative and senator; is born.Ref: 4
1821*Ion Bratianu (Lib), premier of Romania (1876-88), is born.Ref: 5
1835*Saint Pius X (Giuseppe Melchiorre Sato) 257th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church; is born.Ref: 4
1840*Thomas Hardy England, poet/novelist (Mayor of Casterbridge), is born.Ref: 5
1857*Sir Edward Elgar, composer of Pomp and Circumstance is born in Worcester, England.Ref: 4
1857*Karl Gjellerup Denmark, poet/novelist (Nobel 1917), is born.Ref: 5
1863*Felix Weingartner, Austrian conductor and composer, is born.Ref: 70
1875*Charles Stewart Mott, American automotive industrialist, is born.Ref: 70
1890*Hedda Hopper (Elda Furry), celebrity columnist, is born.Ref: 4
1894*Erich R”mer Germany, ice hockey player (Olympic-bronze-1932)Ref: 5
1903*Robert Morris Page, physicist, inventor of pulse radar, is born.Ref: 2
1904*It was generally believed that Johnny (Peter John) Weissmuller was born in Pennsylvania, however, Olympic historian David Wallechinsky states in his book (THE COMPLETE BOOK OF THE OLYMPICS, Penguin, 1984) that Johnny was actually born in German Swabia (now Romania) and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1908. Younger brother Peter was born in the United States, and when a matter of Johnny's citizenship came up prior to the 1924 Olympics, the baptismal documents for the brothers were switched, thus creating the confusion. (Ref) 
1907*John Lehmann, English poet, editor and publisher, is born.Ref: 70
1908*Ben Grauer radio actor, announcer: NBC radio: Ben Grauer’s Americana; is born.Ref: 4
1913*Barbara Pym (Mary Crampton), English novelist (Less Than Angels, Quartet in Autumn), is born.Ref: 2
1913*Bert Farber Bkln NY, orch leader (Arthur Gudfrey, Vic Damone), is born.Ref: 5
1917*Max Showalter Caldwell Ks, actor/composer (Stockard Channing Show), is born.Ref: 5
1918*Lili St. Cyr (Willis Marie Van Schaak) actress: The Naked and the Dead, Son of Sinbad; is born.Ref: 4
1926*Milo O'Shea actor (Barbarella, Romeo & Juliet), is born.Ref: 5
1927*Carl Butler country entertainer, songwriter: Don’t Let Me Cross Over, I Never Got Over You, Loving Arms, Just Thought I’d Let You Know; is born.Ref: 4
1927*Phillip Burton historian (Vanishing Eagles), is born.Ref: 5
1929*Chuck Barris producer: Dating Game, Newlywed Game, Three’s a Crowd; producer/host: The Gong Show; is born.Ref: 4
1930 Mrs. M. Niezes of Panama gave birth to the first baby to be born on a ship while passing through the Panama Canal.Ref: 4
1930*Charles ‘Pete’ Conrad Jr., NASA astronaut: piloted Gemini 5, commanded Gemini 11, walked on moon [Apollo 12], is born in Philadelphia PA.Ref: 4
1932*Sammy Turner (Samuel Black) singer: Lavender-Blue [Dilly Dilly], Always, Paradise; LPs: Lavender Blue Moods, Soul of Jesus Christ Superstar, is born in Patterson NJ.Ref: 4
1933*Jerry (Dean) Lumpe baseball: NY Yankees [World Series: 1957, 1958], KC Athletics, Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1964], is born.Ref: 4
1933*Bob Rozario Shanghai China, orch leader (Tony Orlando, Marie), is born.Ref: 5
1934*Jim (James Edward) Gentile ‘Diamond Jim’: baseball: Brooklyn Dodgers, LA Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles [2 grand slams in same game], is born.Ref: 4
1936*Vladimir Golubnichy USSR, 20K walker (Olympic-gold-1960, 68), is born.Ref: 5
1937*Sally Kellerman actress: M*A*S*H, The Boston Strangler, Brewster McCloud, Fatal Attraction, Meatballs III, Murder Among Friends, Boris and Natasha, Columbo: Ashes to Ashes, is born in Long Beach CA.Ref: 68
1939*Charles Miller musician: saxophone, clarinet: group: War: LPs: All Day Music, The World is a Ghetto, Why Can’t We be Friends?, is born.Ref: 4
1940*Jim (James William) Maloney baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1961/all-star: 1965], California Angels, is born.Ref: 4
1940*Constantine II deposed king of Greece (-1967), is born.Ref: 5
1941*Charlie Watts musician: drummer: groups: Rolling Stones, is born.Ref: 4
1941*William Guest singer: group: Gladys Knight & The Pips, is born in Atlanta GA.Ref: 4
1941*(Walter) Stacy Keach Jr, Savannah Ga, actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), is born.Ref: 5
1943*Charles Haid, San Francisco CA, actor (Andy Renko-Hill St Blues, Altered States), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Marvin Hamlisch Academy Award-winning pianist, composer: for adapted score: The Sting [1973], is born.Ref: 4
1944*Mike Clarke (Michael Dick) musician: drummer: group: The Byrds, is born.Ref: 4
1944*Garo Yepremian NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), is born.Ref: 5
1944*Poul Jensen Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80), is born.Ref: 5
1946*Singer Eddie Holman is born. Credits: Hey There Lonely Girl; made first singing appearance at age of two at Metropolitan AME Zion church, Norfolk, VA; ordained Baptist minister since the early 1980s.Ref: 4
1948*Albert Innaurato Phila, playwright/director (Age in Soho), is born.Ref: 5
1948*Jerry Mathers, Sioux City Iowa, actor (Beaver-Leave It To Beaver), is born.Ref: 5
1950*Lawrence McCutcheon football: LA Rams running back: Super Bowl XIV, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Nate Williams basketball: Utah State Univ., Sacramento Kings, is born.Ref: 4
1950*Joanna Gleason Toronto Canada, actress (Morgan-Hello Larry), is born.Ref: 5
1953*Craig Stadler San Diego Calif, PGA golfer (Masters 1982), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Dana Carvey comedian (Sat Night Live-Church Lady/George Bush), is born.Ref: 5
1955*Garry Grimes SF, actor (Summer of '42, Class of '44), is born.Ref: 5
1959*Tony Hadley singer: group: Spandau Ballet: To Cut a Long Story Short, The Freeze, Musclebound, Chant No. 1, Instinction, True, Gold, Only When You Leave, is born.Ref: 4
1960*Tony Hadley rocker (Spandau Ballet-True), is born.Ref: 5
1976*Adrian Carlos Olivares Mexico City, singer (Menudo-Cannonball), is born.Ref: 5
1978*Nikki Cox actress: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, General Hospital, Pearl, Sub Down, The Nanny, The Norm Show, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, is born.Ref: 4
1572*Thomas Howard Norfolk, English nobleman, is executed by Queen Elizabeth I, at age 34.Ref: 70
1876*Giuseppe Ferrari, Italian historian and political philosopher, dies at age 65.Ref: 70
1882 Guiseppi Garibaldi Italian rebel leader, dies at 74.Ref: 5
1896*Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer; journeyed across deserts of North Africa, dies at age 65.Ref: 70
1938*Nathanael Herreshoff, American naval architect and yacht designer, dies at age 90.Ref: 70
1941*Baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, 37, dies in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in Riverdale NY.Ref: 86
1943*John Frank Stevens, American chief civil engineer of the Panama Canal (1905-7), dies at age 90.Ref: 70
1961*George S Kaufman playwright/dir/Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 72.Ref: 5
1962*Victoria M. Sackville-West Victoria, English novelist and poet, dies at age 70.Ref: 70
1965*2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (Ganges R India).Ref: 5
1967*Zamah Cunningham actress (Menosha the Magnificent), dies at 74.Ref: 5
1969*Leo Gorcey actor: Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys series, dies.Ref: 68
1976*Alan Dewitt actor (Mr Tyler-It's About Time), dies at 52.Ref: 5
1977*Forrest Lewis actor (Great Gildersleeve, Ichabod & Me), dies at 77.Ref: 5
1979*Jim Hutton actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 45.Ref: 5
1983*Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinatti.Ref: 5
1987*Sammy Kaye bandleader: Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye: Too Young, "A" You’re Adorable, Harbor Lights; dies at age 77.Ref: 4
1987*Andés Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist, dies at age 94.Ref: 70
1988*Horace A Hildreth (Gov-Maine, 1945-49), dies at 85.Ref: 5
1988 Raj Kapoor is born.Ref: 10
1990*Jack Gilford (Jacob Gellman) actor: Cocoon series, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, Caveman, Wholly Moses!, Save the Tiger, Catch-22, Enter Laughing, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, The Duck Factory, The David Frost Revue, The Arrow Show; died June 2, 1990Ref: 4
1990*Sir Rex (Reginald Carey) Harrison Academy Award-winning actor: My Fair Lady [1964]; Cleopatra, Dr. Dolittle, The Agony and the Ecstasy, dies in New York at 82 of cancer.Ref: 4
1990*Frederick Mellinger founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, dies at 76.Ref: 5
1990*Robert Noyce co-inventor (semi-conductor)/founded Intel, diesRef: 5
1992*Philip Dunne director: Wild in the Country, Ten North Frederick; playwright: The Agony and the Ecstasy, Ten North Frederick, Pinky, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Forever Amber, How Green was My Valley; founder of the Screen Writers Guild; dies.Ref: 2
1992*William Gaines publisher: Mad magazine; dies.Ref: 4
1993*Johnny (John Robert) Mize ‘The Big Cat’: Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman: SL Cardinals [all-star: 1937, 1939-1941/1939 NL batting champ]; NY Giants [all-star: 1942, 1946-1949/NL record for left-handed batters: 51 homeruns: 1947]; NY Yankees [World Series: 1949-1953]; hit a home run in every major league ballpark during career; dies.Ref: 4
1993 Norton Simon, industrialist and art collector, dies at age 86. (TWA, 1994)Ref: 95
1997*Helen Hull Jacobs tennis champion: Wimbledon [1936], U.S. Open [1932, 1933, 1934, 1935]; dies.Ref: 5
2001*Imogene Coca Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Your Show of Shows [1951]; Sid Caesar Invites You, It’s about Time, Grindl, Admiral Broadway Revue, National Lampoon’s Vacation; dies.Ref: 4

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