Today in History for 2nd June 2021

Historical Events

1619 – England and the Netherlands sign treaty about trading in the Indies
1883 – 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
1943 – German assault on Sebastopol, Crimea, begins
1959 – Allen Ginsberg writes his poem “Lysergic Acid”, San Francisco
1999 – The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time
2017 – “Wonder Woman” directed by Patty Jenkins released, earns over $100 million in North American in its opening weekend – domestic record for a female director

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Famous Birthdays

1883 – Bokke R S Pollema, Dutch Frisian journalist/author (Lock of Hair)
1917 – Max Showalter, American actor and composer (Kansas, Niagara, Stockard Channing Show in Caldwell), born in Caldwell, Kansas (d. 2000)
1930 – Charles Pete Conrad Jr, USN/astro (Gem 5 11, Ap 12, Skylab 2), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1938 – Kevin Brownlow, English film historian and author
1951 – Gilbert Baker, American gay activist who designed the rainbow flag, born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2017)
1971 – Kateřina Jacques, Czech politician

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Famous Deaths

1785 – Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician (b. 1713)
1865 – Johannes Elias Feisser, Dutch theologist and founder of 1st Dutch baptist church, dies at 59
1948 – Viktor Brack, German Nazi physician and war criminal, dies at 43
1951 – Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier], French philosopher, dies at 83
1968 – R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C’ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, dies of emphysema at 77
2006 – Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)

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