Friday, June 02, 2017
History for June 2 - On-This-Day.com
Marquis de Sade 1740 - French aristocrat, revolutionary and writer, Thomas Hardy 1840 - Novelist and poet of the naturalist movement, Johnny Weissmuller 1904 - Olympic swimmer, he was the sixth actor to portray Tarzan in movies
Pete Conrad (Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr.) 1930 - American naval officer, third person to walk on the moon, Marvin Hamlisch 1944 - Composer, Jerry Mathers 1948 - Actor ("Leave it to Beaver")
1774 - The Quartering Act, which required American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, was reenacted.
1793 - Maximillian Robespierre initiated the "Reign of Terror". It was an effort to purge those suspected of treason against the French Republic.
1835 - P.T. Barnum launched his first traveling show. The main attraction was Joice Heth. Heth was reputed to be the 161-year-old nurse of George Washington.
1886 - Grover Cleveland became the second U.S. president to get married while in office. He was the first to have a wedding in the White House.
1897 - Mark Twain, at age 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying "the report of my death was an exaggeration." He was responding to the rumors that he had died.
1924 - All American Indians were granted U.S. citizenship by the U.S. Congress.
1953 - Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.
1954 - U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that there were communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.