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This Day in History for June 2

1835 – P. T. Burnum & his circus begins 1st tour of US.

1857 – James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine.

1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897.

1901 – Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)

1913 – 1st strike settlement mediated by US Department of Labor – railroad clerks.

1919 – Pulitzer Prize awarded to Carl Sandburg (Cornhuskers)

1924 – President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act, declaring all Native Americans to be American citizens.

1928 – Kraft, building on the original 1918 design, rolls out Velveeta Cheese.

1935 – Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player.

1952 – Maurice Olley of General Motors begins designing the Corvette.

1962 – Ray Charles’ cover “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” from his influential crossover album “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” hits #1 on Billboard.

1975 – VP Rockefeller finds no pattern of illegal activities at CIA.

1977 – New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City.

1985 – RJ Reynolds Company proposed a merger with Nabisco.

1992 – Former NFL NY Giant Coach Bill Parcells undergoes open heart surgery.

1997 – Timothy McVeigh found guilty of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168.

2004 – Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!

2015 – US Congress passes new legislation to reform National Security Agency procedures, restricting gathering of phone records.

2017 – “Wonder Woman” directed by Patty Jenkins released, earns over $100 million in North America in its opening weekend – domestic record for a female director.

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