Today in History – June 2

1763 – Pontiac’s Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas captured Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison’s attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.

1774 – Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act was 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.

1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus started their first tour of the United States.

1875 – Alexander Graham Bell made his first sound transmission.

1883 – First night baseball game under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana.

1883 Chicago’s “El” train opened to traffic.

1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his wireless telegraph.

1910 – Charles Rolls, a co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, became the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane.

1919 – Anarchists simultaneously set off bombs in eight separate U.S. cities.

1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, which granted citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.

1928 – Kraft, building on the original 1918 design, rolled out Velveeta cheese.

1932 – Fisherman George W. Perry caught the world record largemouth bass, which weighed in at 22 pounds, 4 ounces, at Lake Montgomery, Georgia.

1933 – FDR authorized the first swimming pool built inside the White House.

1935 – Babe Ruth, 40, announced his retirement as a player.

1952 – Maurice Olley of General Motors began designing the Corvette.

1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised.

1962 – Ray Charles’ cover “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” from his influential crossover album “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” hit #1 on Billboard charts.

1964 – Rolling Stones’ first US concert tour debuted in Lynn, Massachusetts.

1966 – Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 landed in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, and became the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world.

1969 – Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne sliced US destroyer USS Frank E Evans in half, and killed 74 (South Vietnam).

1983 – After an emergency landing because of an in-flight fire, twenty-three passengers aboard Air Canada Flight 797 were killed when a flashover occurred as the plane’s doors opened. Because of this incident, numerous new safety regulations were put in place.

1989 – “Dead Poets Society” film starring Robin Williams premiered.

1990 – The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawned 66 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, which killed 12 people.

1997 – In Denver, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died. He was executed four years later.

2004 – Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!

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