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On This Day in History - 2nd June

Birthdays

1840Thomas Hardy, English novelist & poet
1857Sir Edward Elgar, English composer of 'Enigma Variations'
1903Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer & 'Tarzan'
1941Stacey Keach, American Actor
1942Barry Levinson, American film director
1944Marvin Hamlisch

Events

1941Because of Word War 2, clothes rationing in the UK began
1953The summit of worlds tallest mountain, Everest, was reached for first time
1953The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place
1966The American spacecraft Surveyor 1 made the first US lunar soft landing
1979Pope John Paul II returned to Poland, his homeland
1983The first balck person was elected to French Academy
1987Soviet & Canadian skiers became first to cross from one country to another via Pole