Events, Births and Deaths Happening on this Date

Friday, June 2, 2023

Today is the 153rd day of 2023.  There are 212 days left in this year.

Notable Events

Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
President Cleveland married Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony. (To date, Cleveland is the only president to marry in the Executive Mansion while in office.)
Responding to rumors, Mark Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that ''the report of my death was an exaggeration.''
Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
Babe Ruth, one of the most iconic athletes in American history, announced his retirement from professional baseball.
The Italian monarchy was abolished in favor of a republic.
Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.
Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
Los Angeles became the first major city to pass a law prohibiting discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation.
President Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
A U.S. Air Force F-16C was shot down by Bosnian Serbs while on a NATO air patrol in northern Bosnia; the pilot, Capt. Scott F. O'Grady, was rescued six days later.
Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing - the deadliest act of terror on U.S. soil. The 1995 blast killed 168 people.
Voters in California passed Proposition 227, which effectively abolished the state's 30-year-old bilingual education program by requiring that all children be taught in English.
Autopsy results showed that the music legend Prince died of an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Notable Deaths

Baseball's ''Iron Horse,'' Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Andres Segovia, the Spanish musician who established the guitar as an important concert instrument.