June 02 in History Events, Birthdays, & News

To know what happened today in history, famous events occurred,  famous birthdays, death day, legend quotes, and historical news on June 02.

June 02

Events on June 02

1780 Lord George Gordon foments riots to protest against the ending of penalties against Roman Catholics in the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1778.

1868 Britain crushes the Marathas in India and annexes their lands.

1882 Italian nationalist leader Giuseppe Garibaldi dies aged 74.

1909 Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova lead in the Paris premiere of Les Sylphides.

1946 Italy’s monarchy is abolished, and the country becomes a republic.

1962 Death of Vita Sackville West. British novelist and gardener who wrote All Passion Spent and created the garden at her home. Sissinghurst Castle Kent.

1964 The PLO was formed in Jerusalem.

1966 American automatic spacecraft Surveyor lands in the south-west part of the moon’s Oceanus Procellarum.

1985 English football clubs are banned indefinitely from playing in Europe on account of hooliganism by British fans.

Famous Birthdays on June 02

Marquis de Sade 1740, French writer who was imprisoned in the Bastille for his sexual perversions, where he wrote the novel Justine.

Thomas Hardy 1840, English novelist and poet whose books were set in imaginary Wessex.

Sir Edward Elgar 1857, English composer best known for the Enigma Variations and the Pomp and Circumstance marches.

Lotte Reiniger 1899, German film animator who made the first full-length animated film in 1920 – The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Sally Kellerman 1938, American actress best known for her role as Hot lips Houlihan in the film version of M*A*S*H.

Mani Ratnam 1956, Indian filmmaker and producer, who directed the films Roja, Bombay and Dil Se.

Quotes from Legend

I doubt that art needs Ruskin any more than a moving train needs one of its passengers to shove it.

- British playwright Tom Stoppard, 1977.

Historical News on June 02

Vivat Regina!

Vivat Regina June 02
Vivat Regina

1953 In a scene of ritual pomp and splendor at London’s Westminster Abbey today, the Archbishop of Canterbury solemnly lowered the Crown of St Edward onto the head of Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, to make her Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Ireland.

Outside, in the cold and wet, thousands of spectators waited for the new Queen to emerge and make her journey to Buckingham Palace in the ceremonial golden coach.

Black-market tickets for the event were going for as much as £50 ($92), while a balcony with a good view commanded up to £3,500 ($6,500).

Those who could not make it were glued to the screens of record two and a half million televisions.

Ironically, had it not been for the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII in favor of her father George VI, Elizabeth would not have had the starring role in today’s ceremony.

Married in 1947 to her distant cousin Prince Philip of Greece, now Duke of Edinburgh, Elizabeth had been representing her father on state occasions since 1951, due to the gradual decline in the King’s health.

It was while on a state visit with her husband in Kenya, en route to Australia and New Zealand, that the Queen heard of her father’s death and her accession to the throne.

Marconi Invention: No Wires Attached.

1896 Italian-born physicist Guglielmo Marconi, now living in London, took out the first patent for a wireless telegraphy apparatus, a device that transmits spoken messages over long distances without the aid of wires or cables.

Using a transmitter and a receiver.

Marconi’s invention broadcasts sound by means of invisible electromagnetic, or the radio, waves – a phenomenon first demonstrated by the German physicist, Heinrich Hertz. Although at present transmission is limited to a distance of under 12 miles (19 km), Marconi aims to extend its range still further, perhaps even to France.

1987 In Australia, Lindy Chamberlain, the mother convicted of murdering her baby in the sensational “dingo murder” case, has finally received an official pardon.

Lindy Chamberlain has consistently maintained her innocence, claiming that her baby was killed and carried off by a dingo, a wild Australian dog.

Poland’s Pope Comes Home

1979 There was an emotional welcome waiting for Pope John Paul II as he set foot again on the soil of his native Poland.

Born 59 years ago in Wadowice and christened Karol Wojtyla, John Paul was only elected to office on October 16 last year the first non-Italian to be elected Pope in 456 years.

Although Poland is under Communist rule, much of the population remains true to its Roman Catholic roots.

The pope’s visit marks a major opening-up in the relationship between the Church and the countries of the Communist block.

1780 A new horse race is being run today at Epsom Downs in the south of England. Named the Derby after Edward Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby, the race takes place over a 1 ½ mile (2.4km) course, with a field limited to three years old colts and fillies.

‘Iggins in ‘Eaven

Rex Harrison at desk Allan Warren died on June 02
Rex Harrison at desk Allan Warren died on June 02

1990 Rex Carey Harrison, better known as the actor Sir Rex Harrison, died today at the age of 82.

Sir Rex began his long career in theatre and films at the Liverpool Repertory.

Theatre in 1924, going into films five years later in 1929.

Known for his suave manner, he excelled in playing the “English gentleman” type. He will be best remembered for his role as Professor Henry Higgins in the musical My Fair Lady, a part that he played both on Broadway and on the London stage from 1956 to 1958, and in the film version of 1964, winning not only a tony but also an Academy Award.

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  1. Jere Loring August 13, 2021

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