June 2nd Notable Quotes, Events, Deaths & Births – This Day in History

June 2, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Births

1740 – Marquis de Sade, French nobleman and writer.

  • All universal moral principles are idle fancies.
  • Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear.
  • In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.

1840 – Thomas Hardy, English poet and novelist.

1890 – Hedda Hopper (Elda Furry), American gossip columnist, radio commentator, actress.

1904 – Johnny Weissmuller, American Olympic gold medalist swimmer, actor.

1941 – Charlie Watts, English musician.

1943 – Ilaiyaraaja (born Gnanadesikan), Indian film composer, singer, and lyricist.

1948 – Jerry Mathers, American actor.

1955 – Dana Carvey, American actor and comedian.

  • “I’m thirty years old, but I read at the thirty-four-year-old level.”

1960 – Kyle Petty, American race car driver.

1980 – Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian rock musician.

Notable Deaths

1990 – Rex Harrison, British actor.

2007 – Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju.

2008 – Bo Diddley (born Otha Ellas Bates),

Notable Events

1774 – The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, was reenacted.

1851 – Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.

1865 – Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signed the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators, marking the end of the Civil War.

1896 – Great Britain granted Guglielmo Marconi the first wireless radio patent.

1924 – Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the United States.

1953 – Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.

1966 – The U.S. space probe Surveyor I landed on the Moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.

1987 – President Ronald Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

A Broken Appointment by Thomas Hardy

You did not come,

And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb.

Yet less for loss of your dear presence there

Than that I thus found lacking in your make

That high compassion which can overbear

Reluctance for pure lovingkindness’ sake

Grieved I, when, as the hope-hour stroked its sum,

You did not come.

You love not me,

And love alone can lend you loyalty;

-I know and knew it. But, unto the store

Of human deeds divine in all but name,

Was it not worth a little hour or more

To add yet this: Once you, a woman, came

To soothe a time-torn man; even though it be

You love not me.


  • Belgium: Procession of the Golden Chariot.
  • Bhutan: Coronation Day.
  • Bulgaria: Hristo Botev Day.
  • Italy: Republic Day.
  • United Kingdom: Coronation Day of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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