Today's History Trivia for June 2
1899 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, which included the Sundance Kid, commit their first train robbery. They stole between $30,000 and $60,000. The robbers were gang members Cassidy, Sundance, Harvey Logan, and Elzy Lay.
1966 First Successful U.S. Soft Landing of a Manmade Object on the Moon Surveyor I. Part of its mission was to study the lunar soil in preparation for the Apollo missions. The Soviets had landed Luna 9 four months earlier.
1896 Wireless telegraphy is first patented by Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi.
1886 Pres. Grover Cleveland marries Miss Frances Folsom in the White House.
1875 Telephone Alexander Graham Bell discovers the principle of sending sound by wire. He transmitted the sound of a twanging clock spring.
1858 The Donati Comet is discovered by Italian astronomer Giovanni Donati.
1783 Slavery New Hampshire constitution goes into effect. It prohibited slavery.
Today's Birthdays for June 2
1877 Chief John Big Tree d. 1967 (Isaac Johnny John), American Indian. He was the model for the Indian head nickel. He was a member of the Seneca Nation and an actor who appeared in 59 films from 1915-50.
1740 Marquis de Sade d. 1814 (Count Donatien Alphonse Francois Sade), French obscene author, from whom the words "sadism" and "sadist" are derived. Sade is known for his erotic works, combining philosophical discourse, pornography, and violent sexual fantasies. In 1801, Napoleon Bonaparte had Sade arrested for Justine and Juliette. He was imprisoned without a trial and eventually committed to the Charenton lunatic asylum, where he remained until his death.
1955 Dana Carvey American comedian, George Bush impersonator. TV: Saturday Night Live. Film: Wayne's World (1992).
1948 Jerry Mathers American child actor. TV: Leave It to Beaver (the Beaver).
1944 Marvin Hamlisch d. 2012 American Oscar-Grammy-winning composer. Music: A Chorus Line (1975), The Way We Were (1973), and The Sting (1973).
1941 William Guest d. 2015 American Rock and Roll Hall of Fames singer, one of Gladys Knight's Pips. Music: Midnight Train to Georgia (1973, #1).
1941 Stacy Keach (William Stacy Keach Jr.), American actor. TV: Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer (Mike Hammer).
1941 Charlie Watts British rock drummer for the Rolling Stones.
1937 Sally Kellerman American actress. Film: M*A*S*H (1970, Hot Lips). TV: Star Trek (1966, episode: Where No Man Has Gone Before) and the Hidden Valley salad dressing commercials.
1930 Charles Conrad Jr d. 1999 American astronaut, third person to walk on the Moon (1969). Personal Motto: "If you can’t be good, be colorful."
1857 Sir Edward Elgar d. 1934 English composer, famous for his "Pomp and Circumstance" marches.
1835 Saint Pius X d. 1914 Italian religious leader, 257th Pope (1903-14), canonized in 1954.
1535 Leo XI d. 1605 Italian religious leader, 232nd Pope (Apr. 1605). His papacy lasted only a month.
Deaths for June 2
2017 Jack O'Neill b. 1923 American surfer. He is credited with inventing the wetsuit. Wanting to surf longer in the colder waters of Northern California, he developed the first neoprene wetsuit. His established the O'Neill surf wear and gear company (1952). He was known for his eye patch, which he wore due to a surfing accident.
2012 Richard Dawson b. 1932 British-American actor. TV: Hogan's Heroes (Corporal Newkirk) and Family Feud (1976-85, 1994-95, host).
2010 Dorothy DeBorba b. 1925 American actress, one of the Little Rascals (Chubby's little sister). She appeared in 24 Our Gang films. She was known for her ability to cry on cue.
2008 Mel Ferrer b. 1917 (Melchor Gaston Ferrer), American actor, producer.
2008 Bo Diddley b. 1928 (Ellas Otha Bates), American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm and blues singer, composer. He played a key roll in the transition from blues to rock and roll.
2001 Imogene Coca b. 1908 (Imogene Fernandez de Coca), American actress, comedienne.
1990 Rex Harrison b. 1908 (Reginald Carey Harrison), British Tony-Oscar-winning actor. Film: Anna and the King of Siam (1946, the King), My Fair Lady (1964), and Doctor Dolittle (1967).
1969 Leo Gorcey b. 1917 American actor. Film: He played Spit, leader of the hooligans in the movies featuring the Dead End Kids, East Side Kids, and Bowery Boys.
1961 George S. Kaufman b. 1889 American Pulitzer-Tony-winning playwright, humorist. Theater: You Can't Take It with You (1936, Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The film version in 1938 won the Oscar for Best Picture).
1947 Jesse Wilford Reno b. 1861 American inventor. He patented the first working escalator (1892). It was called the "inclined elevator."
1943 Alan Roy Dafoe OBE b. 1883 Canadian physician. He delivered the world's first known surviving quintuplets (1934, Dionne quintuplets). He provided care for them as they grew up. There have been several radio, TV shows, and a movie based on his work with the quintuplets.
1941 Henry Louis Gehrig b. 1903 American Baseball Hall of Famer (1939). Record holder for the most consecutive games played (2,130 from 1925-39) and for the most major-league grand slams (23). He died of the disease which now bears his name.
657 Saint Eugene I b. ???? Italian religious leader, 75th Pope (654-657).