Holidays Calendar for June 2, 2016

Italy annually observes Republic Day (Festa della Repubblica) on June 2. This holiday celebrates establishment of the republic and exile of the male descendants of the House of Savoy.

Bhutan annually celebrates Coronation Day of Fourth Druk Gyalpo on June 2. This public holiday is one of the major holidays in Bhutan.

Civil Aviation Day is annually observed in Azerbaijan on June 2. This professional holiday of the workers of civil aviation was established by Presidential Decree of Ilham Aliyev on May 18, 2006.

Hristo Botev was a Bulgarian poet and national revolutionary, who made crucial contributions to freedom of the Bulgarians. June 2 is Day of Hristo Botev, a memorial day, that commemorates national hero.

June 2 is National Rocky Road Day. Ice cream with chocolate, marshmallows and nuts is the treat of the day.


This Day in History

  • 2012 The former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egypt revolution.
  • 2010 Derrick Bird killed 12 people and injured 11 others before killing himself in Cumbria, England. This became one of the worst criminal acts involving firearms in British history.
  • 2008 Died: Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is often called The Originator, since he played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll and rock. He influenced many singers and bands, including Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
  • 2008 A terrorist detonated a car bomb on the parking lot of the Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. 6 were killed and several others injured. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for this attack.
  • 2007 Died: Huang Ju, Chinese politician, the 1st Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China. He is considered as one of China's most mysterious politicians.
  • 2003 Europe launched its first voyage to Mars. This voyage became the first European one to another planet. The probe Mars Express was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
  • 1999 The televisions transmissions were brought to the Kingdom of Bhutan for the first time.
  • 1996 Died: Leon Garfield, English author, best known for his children's historical novels, although he wrote also for adults.
  • 1988 Died: Raj Kapoor, Indian actor, director, and producer, winner of two National Film Awards and nine Filmfare Awards in India. His performance in Awaara was ranked as one of the top ten greatest performances of all time by Time magazine.
  • 1979 Born: Morena Baccarin, Brazilian-American actress. She is known for portraying Inara Serra in the series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity and many other roles.
  • 1977 Born: Zachary Quinto, American actor and producer, best known for role as Spock in the Star Trek (2009) and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).
  • 1970 Died: Bruce McLaren, New Zealand race car driver and engineer, one of the most successful champions of Formula One,
  • 1966 Lunar soft-lander Surveyor 1 landed in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, thus becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-lad on another world.
  • 1962 Died: Vita Sackville-West, English author and poet, winner of the Hawthornden Prize. She is known for her exuberant aristocratic life and her passionate affair with the novelist Virginia Woolf.
  • 1961 Died: George S. Kaufman, American director, producer, and playwright. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for a comedic play You Can't Take It With You and a musical Of Thee I Sing, and Tony Award as a Director of the musical Guys and Dolls.
  • 1953 The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, became the first major international event to be televised.
  • 1946 The Italians vote in a referendum to turn Italy from a monarchy into a republic. The King Umberto II of Italy was exiled.
  • 1945 Born: Richard Long, English painter, sculptor, and photographer, one of the best known British land artists, internationally known since the 1970s.
  • 1941 Born: Charlie Watts, English drummer, songwriter, and producer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones.
  • 1924 The U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law. According to the act, all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States were granted American citizenship.
  • 1923 Born: Lloyd Shapley, Amrican mathematician, Nobel Prize in Economy laureate for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design.
  • 1904 Born: Johnny Weissmuller, Romanian-American swimmer and actor. He was one of the best competitive swimmers in the world, winning five Olympic gold medals for swimming. After retiring from his sports career the portrayed Tarzan in twelve motion pictures.
  • 1896 The newest invention by Guglielmo Marconi, the radio, was patented.
  • 1882 Died: Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian general and politician. He played a large role in the history of Italy and considered as one of the Italy's fathers of the fatherland.
  • 1881 Died: Émile Littré, French lexicographer and philosopher, best known for his Dictionnaire de la langue française, a 4-volume dictionary of the French language.
  • 1857 Born: Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. He wasn't very popular in Denmark since he had long been regarded as a German writer.
  • 1840 Born: Thomas Hardy, English author and poet. He gained fame as the author of novels, including Far from the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure
  • 1833 Died: Simon Byrne, Irish boxer, the champion of Ireland, nicknamed The Emerald Gem. He became one of only six fighters ever involved in fatal fights both as survivor and deceased.
  • 1743 Born: Alessandro di Cagliostro, Sicilian occultist and adventurer. During his travels he was naming himself a magician, astrologer and healer and used many pseudonyms, but he is best known as Alessandro Cagliostro.
  • 1740 Born: Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and politician, famous for his libertine sexuality. The words sadism and sadist derive from his name.