Today in History - June 2

455 - King Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome - Rome looted for 14 days

1619 - England & Netherlands sing treaty about trading in the Indies

1625 - Prince Frederick Henry sworn in as viceroy of Holland

1627 - English king Charles I established Guyana Company

1633 - Prince Frederick Henry conquers fort Rhine at Cologne

1676 - Battle at Palermo - French beats Dutch fleet

1780 - Anti-Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London

1797 - 1st ascent of "Great Mountain" in Adirondack, NY

1835 - P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US

1848 - The Slavic congress in Prague begins

1851 - 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted

1855 - The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine

1857 - James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

1858 - Donati Comet 1st seen

1863 - Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves

1875 - James Augustine Healy became 1st Black Catholic Bishop in US

1875 - Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission

1883 - 1st night baseball under lights

1896 - Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio

1901 - Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday

1903 - Netherlands Korfball League forms

1904 - Professor Schron finds microbe that causes photosynthesis

1909 - Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time

1910 - Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea

1917 - Canadian ace Billy Bishop undertakes a solo mission behind enemy lines, shooting down three aircrafts

1924 - Snyder Act: US citizenship granted to all American Indians

1928 - Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft

1933 - Franklin D. Roosevelt authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House

1946 - Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day)

1952 - 650,000 metal workers go on strike in US

1953 - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey



1966 - US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum - 1st lunar soft-landing

1968 - Canadians must get government permission to export silver

1974 - Mali adopts constitution

1975 - First recorded snowfall in London in June

1979 - John Paul II becomes 1st pope to visit a Communist country (Poland)

1979 - Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley signs first homosexual rights bill

1988 - Consumer Reports calls for a ban on the Suzuki Samurai automobile

1994 - Indonesian censors ban Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

2003 - Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars

2015 - 100 volunteers in Bhutan set a world record for tree planting - 49,672 in 1 hour

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