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This Day in History for June 2

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1835 – P.T. Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of U.S.

1883 – 1st night baseball under lights. Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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

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

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

1935 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth announces his retirement as a player at 40 years of age.

1942 – Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator.

1952 – Maurice Oiley 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.

1973 – French Open Women’s Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown.

1977 – New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City.

1985 – RJ Reynolds Company proposed a merger with Nabisco.

1987 – Mariners draft Ken Griffey Jr. #1.

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

1994 – Sharon Stone files $12m lawsuit against her jeweler.

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 Jennings released, earns over $100 million in North America in its opening weekend – domestic record for a female director.

2020 – UN Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet says pandemic exposing “endemic inequalities” around the world, cites death of George Floyd and higher death toll for ethnic minorities.