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June 2nd, 2004 (June 02 2004)EventKen Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.
June 2nd, 2003 (June 02 2003)EventEurope launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency s Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan.
June 2nd, 1999 (June 02 1999)EventThe Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time.
June 2nd, 1998 (June 02 1998)EventThe CIH computer virus is discovered in Taiwan.
June 2nd, 1997 (June 02 1997)EventIn Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
June 2nd, 1995 (June 02 1995)EventUnited States Air Force Captain Scott O Grady s F-16 is shot down over Bosnia while patrolling the NATO no-fly zone.
June 2nd, 1992 (June 02 1992)EventDenmark rejects the Maastricht Treaty by a thin margin in a national referendum.
June 2nd, 1990 (June 02 1990)EventThe Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 66 confirmed tornados in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12. Petersburg, Indiana is the hardest-hit town in the outbreak, with 6 deaths.
June 2nd, 1984 (June 02 1984)EventOperation Bluestar, a military offensive, is launched by the Indian government at Harmandir Sahib, also known as Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for the Sikhs, in Amritsar. The operation continues until June 6 with causalities, most of them civilians, in excess of 5,000.
June 2nd, 1979 (June 02 1979)EventPope John Paul II visits his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
June 2nd, 1975 (June 02 1975)EventFrench sex workers occupied a Lyon church in protest against excessive fines and taxes, as well as a lack of police action against violence, thereby sparking the birth of the modern sex worker rights movement.
June 2nd, 1967 (June 02 1967)EventProtests in West Berlin against the arrival of the Shah of Iran turn into riots, during which Benno Ohnesorg is killed by a police officer. His death results in the founding of the terrorist group Movement 2 June.
June 2nd, 1966 (June 02 1966)EventSurveyor program: The Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft land on another world.
June 2nd, 1965 (June 02 1965)EventVietnam War: The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrive in South Vietnam.
June 2nd, 1955 (June 02 1955)EventThe USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between both countries, discontinued since 1948.
June 2nd, 1953 (June 02 1953)EventThe coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, the first to be televised.
June 2nd, 1946 (June 02 1946)EventBirth of the Italian Republic: In a referendum, Italians decide to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic. After this referendum the king of Italy Umberto II di Savoia is exiled.
June 2nd, 1925 (June 02 1925)EventBecause of a lineup shakeup by Miller Huggins, Wally Pipp is replaced by Lou Gehrig at first base for the New York Yankees, beginning a streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, topped only by Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1995. Exactly 16 years to the day, in 1941, Gehrig passes away from Amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
June 2nd, 1924 (June 02 1924)EventU.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.Calvin Coolidge Quotes
June 2nd, 1909 (June 02 1909)EventAlfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
June 2nd, 1896 (June 02 1896)EventGuglielmo Marconi receives a patent for his newest invention: the radio.Guglielmo Marconi Quotes
June 2nd, 1886 (June 02 1886)EventU.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion.Grover Cleveland Quotes
June 2nd, 1876 (June 02 1876)EventHristo Botev, a national revolutionary of Bulgaria, is killed in Stara Planina
June 2nd, 1855 (June 02 1855)EventThe Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine.
June 2nd, 1848 (June 02 1848)EventThe Slavic congress in Prague begins.
June 2nd, 1835 (June 02 1835)EventP. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
June 2nd, 1800 (June 02 1800)EventThe first smallpox vaccination in North America, at Trinity, Newfoundland.
June 2nd, 1793 (June 02 1793)EventJean-Paul Marat recites the names of 29 people to the French National Convention. Almost all of these people are guillotined, followed by 17,000 more over the course of the next year during the Reign of Terror.Jean-Paul Marat Quotes
June 2nd, 1780 (June 02 1780)EventThe Derby horse race is held for the first time.
June 2nd, 1774 (June 02 1774)EventIntolerable Acts: The Quartering Act is enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters were not provided. Ovid Quotes
June 2nd, 1763 (June 02 1763)EventPontiac s Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison s attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.
June 2nd, 1692 (June 02 1692)EventBridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, is found guilty, and would go on to be hanged on June 10.
June 2nd, 1615 (June 02 1615)EventFirst Recollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.
June 2nd, 1098 (June 02 1098)EventFirst Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city. The second siege would later start on June 7.
June 2nd, 0455 (June 02 0455)EventThe Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks.

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