On This Day In History, 2 June


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World Events Today

  • Alfred Deakin started his third term as the Prime Minister of Australia today in 1909
  • Pope John Paul II began his nine-day tour of his native Poland today in 1979
  • The Scotland RAF Chinook crash occurred today in 1994, almost all the United Kingdom’s senior Northern Ireland intelligence experts died in the accident

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn, was used at a wedding for the first time today in 1847
  • Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas Watson performed the first sound transmission today in 1875
  • The American drama movie Dead Poets Society, starring Robin Williams, was released today in 1989

Family Events Today

  • The English composer Sir Edward William Elgar, whose works include the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, was born today in 1857 near Worcester
  • Sir Reginald Carey Harrison, better known as the English actor Rex Harrison, who gained much fame in the movie My Fair Lady, died today in 1990 aged 82
  • Ellas Otha Bates, better known as the American singer-songwriter Bo Diddley, who influenced the careers of many artists, including The Beatles and Elvis Presley, died today in 2008 aged 79

Main Event Today

  • The coronation of Elizabeth II took place today in 1953 at Westminster Abbey, she was crowned as the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon)

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Rotisserie Chicken Day

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