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2 June, 1953 - England Queen Elizabeth II
2nd June, 1953 : Following the death of her father Queen Elizabeth II is formally crowned as The Queen in England with hundreds of millions listening on radio and for the first time watched the proceedings on live television. After the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey , millions of rain-drenched spectators cheered the 27-year-old queen born in 1926
and her husband, the 30-year-old duke of Edinburgh, as they passed along a five-mile procession route in a gilded horse-drawn carriage.
2 June, 1935 - U.S.A. Babe Ruth Retires
2nd June, 1935 : Babe Ruth, retires ending his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs.
2 June, 1921 - U.S.A. Flash Floods Colorado
2nd June, 1921 : Flash Floods caused by Torrential rains leaves more than 100 people dead and millions of dollars in property damaged Pueblo County in Colorado.
2 June, 1924 - U.S.A. Indian Citizenship Act
2nd June, 1924 : The Indian Citizenship Act, which confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country is passed in Congress.
2 June, 1924 - Canada Japanese Immigrants
2nd June, 1924 : The Canadian government considers making an agreement with Japan that would essentially ban the majority of Japanese immigrants coming into the country. The Canadian government would permit a total of 150 Japanese immigrants to come into he country each year to work as farm laborers or household servants.
2 June, 1931 - France Suspension Bridge Collapses
2nd June, 1931 : Ten people were killed in France during the testing of a new suspension bridge that was built. Nine trucks fell into the Gironde river when the bridge collapsed at its opening. The builder of the bridge was included among the dead.
2 June, 1949 - U.S.A. Uranium-235 Missing
2nd June, 1949 : An atomic bottle holding one ounce of uranium-235 that was missing was found. Seven-eighths of the uranium-235 that was in the bottle was accounted for, while one-eighth was still missing. The laboratory in Chicago which originally lost the bottle reported it lost in February.
2 June, 1956 - U.S.A. Matthew Woll
2nd June, 1956 : Matthew Woll, a man associated with the American labor movement dies at age 76. He was a leader in the labor movement for nearly 50 years and served as Vice President of the AFL-CIO and International Photoengravers Union.
2 June, 1965 - Vietnam Australian Troops Arrive
2nd June, 1965 : The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives by plane in Saigon as Australia takes a more active role in the Vietnam War.
2 June, 1966 - Space Surveyor 1 Moon Landing
2nd June, 1966 : First US space probe to land on the moon, "Surveyor 1" has a soft landing on Moon. The Soviet Union was the first when the Russian probe Luna 9 had a successful soft landing on the moon on February 3rd
earlier in 1966
2 June, 1972 - U.S.A. Plane Hijack
2nd June, 1972 : In Reno, Nevada a United Airlines jet was hijacked by one man. He demanded a $200,000 ransom while the plane remained grounded. His only hostages were crew members since passengers had not boarded yet.
2 June, 1979 - Poland Pope John Paul II
2nd June, 1979 : Pope John Paul II returns home to his native Poland as the first Roman Catholic pontiff to visit a Communist-ruled country.
2 June, 1985 - English Soccer Clubs banned From European Competition
2nd June, 1985 : European football's governing body has banned English clubs from playing in Europe indefinitely, following a riot by Liverpool fans who were blamed for the tragedy at Brussels' Heysel stadium four days ago on May 31st
in which 39 people died.
2 June, 1985 - U.S.A. Leonard Lake
2nd June, 1985 : Leonard Lake is arrested close to San Francisco, California, Charles Ng fled to Canada where he fought extradition proceedings for 6 years. Lake and Charles Ng were responsible for a series of particularly brutal crimes including kidnapping women to brainwash them into becoming their willing sex slaves during the mid-1980s
2 June, 1987 - U.S.A. Alan Greenspan
2nd June, 1987 : President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. He retired from the position on January 31st
, 2006, handing over the chairmanship to Ben Bernanke.
2 June, 1997 - U.S.A. Timothy McVeigh
2nd June, 1997 : Timothy McVeigh, a former U.S. Army soldier, is convicted on 15 counts of murder for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
2 June, 1998 - U.S.A. Proposition 227
2nd June, 1998 : Proposition 227, requiring that all schoolchildren be taught in English is passed by the voters of California.
2 June, 2000 - Zimbabwe White Farmers Pack Bags
2nd June, 2000 : The government of Zimbabwe has issued the latest list of 800 plus farms earmarked for forcible seizure by the government who will devide them up between landless peasants.
2 June, 2002 - U.S.A. FBI Expanded Powers
2nd June, 2002 : The US Attorney General John Ashcroft has defended the FBI expanded investigative powers to monitor the activities of people and organisations suspected of plotting terrorist acts. FBI agents will now be able to monitor people at any public event or place if they suspect a terrorist plot without seeking approval from FBI headquarters.
2 June, 2002 - U.S.A. End of Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty
2nd June, 2002 : The United States has formally withdrawn from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty signed in 1972
by the US and the then Soviet Union. President George W Bush has said the ABM treaty is an outdated relic of the Cold War.
2 June, 2003 - Burma Colleges and Universities Closed
2nd June, 2003 : The ruling military authorities in Burma order the indefinite closure of universities and colleges, and shut down offices of the opposition National League for Democracy following the civil unrest after the arrest of the NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday. The NLD had won free elections back in 1990
by a landslide majority, but the military regime which has run the country since 1962 refused to hand over power.
2 June, 2005 - Australia Beached Whales Helped Off Beach
2nd June, 2005 : Several beached whales were helped back into the ocean by hundreds of locals who moved the animals. The false killer whales, which are actually a type of dolphin, had been stranded on a beach near Busselton in western Australia when the government asked local citizens to help move them back into the water. Only one false killer whale was reported to have died.
2 June, 2007 - Chinese Vice Premier Dies
2nd June, 2007 : A senior official in the Chinese government, Huang Ju, the vice-premier died of an illness at the age of sixty-eight. The type of illness that Huang suffered from was not disclosed, but cancer was suspected.
2 June, 2008 - Zimbabwe Aid Agencies Asked To Leave
2nd June, 2008 : With the upcoming election in Zimbabwe between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai the government has banned the Care International aid group from operating in the country for allegedly campaigning for the opposition. It is thought up to 4 million Zimbabweans a third of the population - are in need of food aid.
2 June, 2010 - Japanese Prime Minister Resigns
2nd June, 2010 : The prime minister of Japan, Yukio Hatoyama, resigned after holding only eight months of office. Hatoyama announced his resignation in a televised speech, in which he emotionally addressed the Japanese people. Among reasons cited for his resignation were various scandals involving aides as well as a controversy surrounding a United States army base in Okinawa.
2 June, 2011 - New President Elected in Latvia
2nd June, 2011 : Andris Berzins, the challenger of incumbent president Valdis Zatlers, won the presidential election in Latvia. The parliament in Latvia chooses the president and Berzins received fifty-three out of the one hundred votes. Zalters had lost favor in parliament after accusing members of being weak on corruption.
2 June, 2012 - United Kingdom Queen's Diamond Jubilee Begins
2nd June, 2012 : The first major event of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebration, marking sixty years since the beginning of her reign, took place on this day as she watched teh Derby at Epsom.
2 June, 2012 - Television Actor Richard Dawson Dies
2nd June, 2012 : Richard Dawson, best known for his role as Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes and hosting the game show Family Feud, died at the age of seventy-nine. Dawson had died as a result of complications due to esophageal cancer.
2 June, 2013 - Czech Republic Woman Gives Birth to Quintuplets
2nd June, 2013 : A twenty-three year old woman in the Czech Republic gave birth to quintuplets, a first for the country. The four boys and one girl were delivered by c-section and were conceived naturally without any IVF treatments.
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Born: June 2nd, 1972, Georgia, USA
Known For : Popular improvisational actor and comedian known for appearing on the American version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" from 1998 to 2006 and hosting his own talk show "The Wayne Brady Show" from 2001 to 2002. He has also become a game show host for "Don't Forget the Lyrics" and "Let's Make a Deal." He has also made several appearances in guest roles on popular TV shows like Psych, How I Met Your Mother, and 30 Rock. He has also done theater acting on and off Broadway with appearances in Chicago, Rent, Kinky Boots, and Hamilton.