June 2 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

455 King Gaiseric and the Vandals sack Rome – Rome looted for 14 days

1862 Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virginia during the American Civil War

1896 Italian engineer and inventor Guglielmo Marconi applies for the first ever patent for a system of wireless telegraphy in the United Kingdom

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

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

Today’s Historical Events

455 King Gaiseric and 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

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

1627 English king Charles I establishes Guyana Company

1633 Prince Frederick Henry conquers fort Rhine at Cologne

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1958 Alan Freed joins WABC (NYC) radio

1960 Broadway theaters close (labor dispute between owners & Actors Equity)

1968 WBLG (now WTVQ) TV channel 62 in Lexington, KY (ABC) 1st broadcast

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

1983 1980 movie “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” released in Germany

1984 “Welcome To Fun Zone” hosted by Dr Demento airs on NBC-TV

1984 Actress Jill Ireland has a radical mastectomy

1989 “Dead Poets Society” film starring Robin Williams premieres

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1771 “Armida”, an operatic ‘dramma per musica’ by Antonio Salieri debuts at the Vienna Burgtheater

1947 Monte Carlo and Alma Sanders’ musical “Louisiana Lady” opens at Century Theater, NYC; runs for 4 performances

1962 Ray Charles‘ cover of Don Gibson’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, from his influential crossover album “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” hits #1 on Billboard

1964 “Folies Bergère” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 191 performances

1967 Capitol Records releases The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in the US; it is their first album with identical track listings in US and UK, and goes to number one for 15 weeks in US, 22 weeks in UK

1973 “Nash at Nine” closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 21 performances

1978 Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen fourth studio album “Darkness on the Edge of Town”

1980 “Your Arm’s Too Short To Box With God” opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1869 Cleveland’s Forest City play their 1st game (vs Cincinnati Red Stockings)

1883 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana

1896 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5

1901 Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)

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

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

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

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