On June 2 in
1886 President Grover Cleveland, 49, married Frances Folsom, 21, in the Blue Room of the White House. (To date, Cleveland is the only president to marry in the executive mansion.)
1897 Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that "the report of my death was an exaggeration."
1924 Congress passed a measure that was then signed by President Calvin Coolidge guaranteeing full American citizenship for all Native Americans born within U.S. territorial limits.
1941 Baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; he was 37.
1953 The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London's Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.
1966 The U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.
1979 Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
1997 Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
In The Star
June 2, 1939, in The Star: Mayor C. D. Pace of Oxford, members of the Oxford City Council and other city officials today carried with them new fountain pens bearing their names in gold letters, gifts from property owners along newly paved Snow Street. The pens were presented at a council meeting last night by H. G. Whiteside and Dean Walker on behalf of property owners expressing their gratitude for completion of the project about four weeks ago. Although typically the cost of street improvement is assessed among property owners, this work was done without cost to the owners. The councilmen receiving pens were George S. Cooper, Sam Mellon, Karl Wilson, Paul Anderson and Frank L. Smith. Also this date: An advertisement placed by the Dairy Goat Sales Agency, with an office on Leighton Avenue, extols the benefits children derive from drinking goat’s milk and the ease with which goats are cared for and raised.
June 2, 1989, in The Star: Quoting South Carolina school Superintendent Charlie Williams, Alabama school Superintendent Wayne Teague told the Talladega Rotary Club the South can no longer attract business with cheap labor and cheap land. He warned that Alabama is falling behind other Southern states in education, a trend he said could be costly to the state's future. “We're getting further behind every year and we're gonna pay for it,” Teague told club members. “Why shouldn't our youngsters have as much money spent on them as Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee?” Teague cited a recent federal report on education which ranked Alabama last in the country for expenditures on education.
Birthdays for June 2
Actress-singer Sally Kellerman is 77. Actor Ron Ely is 76. Actor Stacy Keach is 73. Rock musician Charlie Watts is 73. Singer William Guest (Gladys Knight & The Pips) is 73. Actor Charles Haid is 71. Actor Jerry Mathers is 66. Actress Joanna Gleason is 64. Actor Dennis Haysbert is 60. Comedian Dana Carvey is 59. Actor-comedian Wayne Brady is 42. Actor Wentworth Miller is 42. Rock musician Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane) is 38. Actor Zachary Quinto is 37. Actor Dominic Cooper is 36. Actress Nikki Cox is 36. Actor Justin Long is 36. Singer-songwriter ZZ Ward is 28. Actress Brittany Curran is 24. Actor Sterling Beaumon is 19.