2nd June

Born on this Day 2nd June
1740 Marquis De Sade
1840 Thomas Hardy
1850 Jesse Boot
1857 Sir Edward Elgar
1890 Hedda Hopper
1904 Johnny Weismuller
1937 Sally Kellerman
1941 Charlie Watts
1941 Stacy Keach

Died on this Day
2001 Joey Maxim


1973 The Electric Light Orchestra made their American debut in San Diego, California.

1984 Bob Marley appeared for the last time in the Top 20 with ‘One Love/People Get Ready’.


1983 Lester Piggott won the Coronation Cup at Epsom on Be My Native, only a day after winning a record 9th Derby.

1993 England’s football team lost 2-0 to Norway in Oslo making the qualification to the World Cup finals in America extremely difficult.

People & Showbiz

1953 The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place, the first to be televised.

1988 President Reagan arrived at Buckingham Palace for tea with Queen on his way home from summit talks in Moscow.

1989 Rolling Stones bass guitarist Bill Wyman married 18 year old Mandy Smith in a 15 minute ceremony at a register office in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk.

General Events

1896 Marconi patented his broadcasting system of electromagnetic waves.

1940 80% of the British Expeditionary Force were rescued from Dunkirk. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden said ‘There is no braver epic in our annals.

1968 The first container ship American Lancer was discharged at Tilbury.

1992 A survey in the UK found that the average bra size of the British woman had gone up from 34B to 36C in the past decade.

1997 The equivalent of a million bottles of whisky were destroyed in a fire at Loch Lomond Distillery in Strathclyde while 80 firemen took 5 hours to bring the flames under control.

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