What happened today in history?
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June 2

What happened on the day you were born?

In the headlines today:
2003Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa is discovered using an illegal 'corked bat' in a game against Tampa.
1985The R.J. Reynolds and Nabisco companies announce merger plans. The new company would later be named RJR Nabisco.
1985Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Jerry West's post-season NBA career scoring record with 4,458 points.

Pope John Paul II

 Pope John Paul II arrives in his native Poland -- the first papal visit inside the Iron Curtain.
 (photo credit: NARA)

1964The first nuclear powered merchant ship, the S.S. Savannah, arrives in New York City.
1953Elizabeth II is crowned Queen of Britain.
1946Italy becomes a republic, by a vote of the people.
1941Baseball slugger Lou Gehrig dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in New York. The malady is now referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.
1933US president Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates the White House swimming pool.
1924The US Congress grants citizenship to all American Indians.
1897Mark Twain, responding to rumors that he had died, is quoted as saying: "The report of my death was an exaggeration."
1894The Field Museum of Natural History opens in Chicago.
1886US president Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in a White House ceremony.
1851  Maine becomes the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.

Born today:

1978  Nikki Cox - actress

1972  Wayne Brady - comedian, actor

1970  B-Real - rapper (Cypress Hill)

1968  Cuba Gooding, Jr. - actor

1959  Tony Hadley - singer (Spandau Ballet)

1955  Dana Carvey - comedian, actor

1955  Gary Grimes - actor

1953  Diana Canova - actress

1950  Nate Williams - pro basketball player

1950  Lawrence McCutcheon - pro football running back

1950  Joanna Gleason - actress

1948  Jerry Mathers - actor

1944  Marvin Hamlisch - composer, pianist

1944  Garo Yepremian - pro football kicker

1943  Charles Haid - actor

1941  Charlie Watts - rock drummer (The Rolling Stones)

1941  Stacy Keach - actor

1941  William Guest - singer (Gladys Knight and The Pips)

1939  Charles Miller - saxophonist (War)

1937  Sally Kellerman - actress

1933  Barry Levinson - film director

1930  Pete Conrad - NASA astronaut

1927  Carl Butler - country singer

1917  Max Showalter - actor

1904  Johnny Weissmuller - Olympic swimmer, actor

1890  Hedda Hopper - columnist

1840  Thomas Hardy - author

1835  Pius X - 257th Roman Catholic Pope

1731  Martha Washington - first US First Lady


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