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.
1935 : Babe Ruth, retires ending his Major League playing career after 22 seasons, 10 World Series and 714 home runs.
1921 : Flash Floods caused by Torrential rains leaves more than 100 people dead and millions of dollars in property damaged Pueblo County in Colorado.
1924 : The Indian Citizenship Act, which confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country is passed in Congress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From our 1987 Toys Page
America's favorite alien life form tells funny stories! Built-in cassette player inside figure plays Alf tape (included), plus any standard cassette. See his mouth move in sync with cassette, while his ears and eyebrows move intermittently. Has detailed facial and body features.
From our 1980s Furniture Page
Leather, multi-position stato-lounger recliner chair. Top grain leather upholstery on places that touch the body with perfect match vinyl on outside surfaces. Heavily padded split headrest. Colors include toast and steel blue.
1965 : The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives by plane in Saigon as Australia takes a more active role in the Vietnam War.
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.
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.
1979 : Pope John Paul II returns home to his native Poland as the first Roman Catholic pontiff to visit a Communist-ruled country.
Celebrating Birthday Today
Born: June 2nd, 1979 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Known For : Brazilian American actress Morena Baccarin got her start in the early-2000s, appearing in the film Perfume and television series Firefly. She went on to appear in Homeland and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance. She is most well-known for her appearances as the love interest in the popular Deadpool comic film adaptations and leading role in the television series Gotham. She is married to Gotham co-star Ben McKenzie.
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 31 in which 39 people died.
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.
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.
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.
1998 : Proposition 227, requiring that all schoolchildren be taught in English is passed by the voters of California.
Celebrating Birthdays Today
Born: June 2nd, 1972, Columbus, 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.
2000 : The government of Zimbabwe has issued a list of 800 plus farms earmarked for forcible seizure by the government who will devide them up between landless citizens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Part of 1920s Home Appliances
I included this Frigidaire Electric as the final Electric Item from the Twenties as it was significant in many ways 1. It was made by General Motors not General Electric. 2. The cost was pretty high and I suspect out of most people's reach and 3. It was sold by a dedicated salesman who visited your home rather than through a shop etc.
Part of our Fashion Collection From 1955
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
90 years of price Change
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2021