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Events - June 2
1886 - Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. President to get married in the White House. He exchanged vows with his bride, Florence Folsom.

1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the first swimming pool to be built inside the White House. Roosevelt got plenty of use out of the pool, considering that he was the only President to be elected four times. He won election over Herbert Hoover, Alf Landon, Wendell Wilkie and Thomas E. Dewey.

1953 - The coronation of 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth II was broadcast. The crowning of the new Queen of England became one of the first international news events to be given complete coverage on television. All three American TV networks plus the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) provided colorful descriptions of the pomp and circumstance. Most viewers saw the coronation in black and white because color TV was not yet the standard of the industry. Quality of the pictures, in fact, was lacking compared to today’s international and often instantaneous broadcasts. There was no satellite TV transmission at the time. The ‘live’ pictures were relayed by shortwave radio.

1957 - Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was interviewed by CBS-TV. News correspondent Daniel Schorr was first to interview the Soviet leader.

1960 - For the first time in 41 years, the entire Broadway theatre district in New York City was forced to close. The Actors Equity Association and theatre owners came to a showdown with a total blackout of theatres.

1964 - The original cast album of "Hello Dolly!" went gold -- having sold a million copies. It was quite a feat for a Broadway musical.

1967 - The Beatles’ album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was released in the U.S. (on Capitol) this day -- one day after its release in the U.K. (on Parlophone). The world is still humming and singing along and tapping fingers and toes to the likes of "A Day in the Life", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "With a Little Help From My Friends", "When I'm Sixty-Four", "She’s Leaving Home", the title song and several others. It had taken the Fab Four only 12 hours to record their first album, "Please, Please Me". It took the supergroup 700 hours to complete "Sgt. Pepper’s".

1975 - Baseball’s Billy Martin appeared on the cover of "Sports Illustrated", 19 years after his April 23, 1956 cover debut in the same publication. It set the record for length of time between covers on the same subject.

1985 - The R.J. Reynolds Company proposed a major merger with Nabisco (National Biscuit Company) that would create a $4.9 billion conglomerate of food distribution and other popular products, including tobacco.

1985 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the all-time leading point scorer in the National Basketball Association playoffs. He rang up a total of 4,458 points, smashing the previous record held by Jerry West, also of the Los Angeles Lakers.

1985 - The Huck Finn-based musical "Big River" earned seven Tony Awards in New York City at the 39th annual awards presentation.

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Birthdays - June 2
1740 - Marquis de Sade (Comte Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade) (author: Justine; died Dec 2, 1814)

1773 - John Randolph (Virginia statesman and early advocate of the states’ rights: U.S. representative and senator; died May 24, 1833)

1835 - Saint Pius X (Giuseppe Melchiorre Sato) (257th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church; died Aug 20, 1914)

1840 - Thomas Hardy (writer, poet: related the “...tragedy of 19th-century humanity.”; died Jan 11th 1928)

1857 - Sir Edward Elgar (composer: Pomp and Circumstance; died Feb 23, 1934)

1904 - Johnny Weissmuller (swimmer: won total of 5 gold medals in Olympic swimming [1924, 1928], he also collected 52 U.S. and 67 world swimming records; actor: Tarzan, the Ape Man, Tarzan and His Mate, Tarzan Escapes, Tarzan Finds a Son, Tarzan’s Secret Adventure, Tarzan’s New York Adventure; died Jan 20, 1984)

1908 - Ben Grauer (radio actor, announcer: NBC radio: Ben Grauer’s Americana; died May 31, 1977)

1917 - Max Showalter (actor: With a Song in My Heart, Bus Stop, It Happened to Jane, The Music Man, Sixteen Candles, Racing with the Moon; died July 30, 2000)

1924 - Carl Butler (country entertainer, songwriter: Don’t Let Me Cross Over, I Never Got Over You, Loving Arms, Just Thought I’d Let You Know; died Sep 4, 1992)

1926 - Milo O’Shea (actor: The Playboys, Only the Lonely, Broken Vows, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Verdict, Sacco & Vanzetti, Paddy, Barbarella, Ulysses; died Apr 2, 2013)

1932 - Sammy Turner (Samuel Black) (singer: Lavender-Blue [Dilly Dilly], Always, Paradise; LPs: Lavender Blue Moods, Soul of Jesus Christ Superstar)

1933 - Jerry (Dean) Lumpe (baseball: NY Yankees [World Series: 1957, 1958], KC Athletics, Detroit Tigers [all-star: 1964]; died Aug 16, 2014)

1937 - Sally Kellerman (actress: M*A*S*H, The Boston Strangler, Brewster McCloud, Fatal Attraction, Meatballs III, Murder Among Friends, Boris and Natasha, Columbo: Ashes to Ashes)

1939 - Charles Miller (musician: saxophone, clarinet: group: War: LPs: All Day Music, The World is a Ghetto, Why Can’t We be Friends?; died Jun 14, 1980)

1940 - Jim (James William) Maloney (baseball: pitcher: Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1961/all-star: 1965], California Angels)

1941 - (Walter) Stacy Keach Jr. (actor: Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Conduct Unbecoming, Sunset Grill, Texas, Road Games, The Long Riders, Brewster McCloud; narrator: Plague Fighters, Olympic Glory, Savage Seas, World’s Most Amazing Videos; host: Missing Reward, Case Closed)

1941 - Charlie Watts (musician: drummer: groups: Rolling Stones: [I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Women; solo: LPs: Live at Fulham Town Hall; Charlie Watts Quintet: From One Charlie, A tribute to Charlie Parker with Strings, Warm and Tender, Long Ago & Far Away)

1943 - Charles Haid (actor: Hill Street Blues, Delvecchio, Altered States, The Fire Next Time, Children in the Crossfire)

1944 - Marvin Hamlisch (Academy Award-winning pianist, composer: for adapted score: The Sting [1973]; original score and song: The Way We Were [1973]; Grammy Award-winner: The Way We Were & Best New Artist; Tony Award-winner: A Chorus Line [1976]; died Aug 6, 2012)

1944 - Garo Yepremian (football: Miami Dolphins kicker: Super Bowl VI, VII, VIII)

1948 - Jerry Mathers (actor: Leave It to Beaver, The Trouble with Harry, Back to the Beach)

1950 - Joanna Gleason (actress: For Richer for Poorer, F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion, Crimes & Misdemeanors, Heartburn, Into the Woods, Love & War, Hello Larry, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Boogie Nights, Bette; daughter of TV quiz show host Monty Hall)

1950 - Lawrence McCutcheon (football: LA Rams running back: Super Bowl XIV)

1950 - Nate Williams (basketball: Utah State Univ., Sacramento Kings)

1955 - Dana Carvey (actor, comedian, impersonator: Saturday Night Live, Clean Slate, It Happened in Paradise, Wayne’s World)

1955 - Gary Grimes (actor: Summer of ’42, Class of ’44, Culpepper Cattle Co.)

1960 - Tony Hadley (singer: group: Spandau Ballet: To Cut a Long Story Short, The Freeze, Musclebound, Chant No. 1, Instinction, True, Gold, Only When You Leave)

1978 - Nikki Cox (actress: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, General Hospital, Pearl, Sub Down, The Nanny, The Norm Show, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps)

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Chart Toppers - June 2
1945
Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry

1953
Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
I Believe - Frankie Laine
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams

1961
Travelin’ Man - Ricky Nelson
Daddy’s Home - Shep & The Limelites
Running Scared - Roy Orbison
Hello Walls - Faron Young

1969
Get Back - The Beatles
Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins’ Singers
Singing My Song - Tammy Wynette

1977
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
I’m Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings

1985
Everything She Wants - Wham!
Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer
Don’t Call Him a Cowboy - Conway Twitty

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they’d never end...


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