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.

World Eating Disorders Action Day, formerly known as World Eating Disorders Day, is observed annually on June 2. It was created to raise public awareness about eating disorders and combat associated stigma.

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.

International Sex Workers Day, also referred to as International Whores’ Day, is observed annually on June 2. It strive to raise awareness of the often exploited working conditions of sex workers.

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

Canadian Decoration Day is an unofficial holiday that recognizes veterans of the country’s military. Although it has mostly been eclipsed by Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, it is still celebrated in some parts of Canada.

Telangana Day, also known as Telangana Formation Day, is the official holiday of the Indian state of Telangana. It is celebrated annually on June 2, because on this day in 2014, Telangana officially split from Andhra Pradesh.

American Indian Citizenship Day, also known as Native American Citizenship Day, is observed annually on June 2. It was created to commemorate the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 that granted United States citizenship to all Native Americans born in the country.

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

National Rotisserie Chicken Day is an unofficial food holiday celebrated annually on June 2. It was established in honor of one of the best ways to cook a whole chicken.

National Moonshine Day is celebrated annually on the first Thursday of June. It was created to recognize a drink with a long and rich history that is particularly associated with the Prohibition era in the United States.


This Day in History

  • 2023 Three trains collided in Balasore district in Odisha state of eastern India. A total of 296 people were killed in the crash and more than 1,200 others were injured.
  • 2012 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 for playing a key role in the transition from blues to rock 'n' roll and rock.
  • 2008 A terrorist detonated a car bomb on the parking lot of the Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. 6 people were killed and several others injured. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack.
  • 2007 Died: Huang Ju, Chinese politician, the 1st Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China. He is considered one of China's most mysterious politicians.
  • 2003 The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan. It was Europe's first voyage to another planet.
  • 1999 Television transmissions were brought to the Kingdom of Bhutan for the first time.
  • 1996 Died: Leon Garfield, English author, best known for his historical novels for children, although he also wrote for adults.
  • 1992 Born: Ethan Slater, American actor, singer, writer, and composer known for his role as SpongeBob SquarePants in the musical of the same name.
  • 1988 Born: Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina, American actress, rapper, and comedian. She rose to prominence in 2012 when her rap song "My Vag" became popular on YouTube.
  • 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.
  • 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 for many other roles.
  • 1978 Born: Dominic Cooper, English actor known for his portrayal of comic book characters Jesse Custer on the AMC show Preacher and young Howard Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • 1977 Born: Zachary Quinto, American actor and producer, best known playing Spock in the reboot Star Trek films and his roles on Heroes, NOS4A2, and American Horror Story: Asylum.
  • 1973 Born: Kevin Feige, American film and television producer. He has been the president of Marvel Studios and the primary producer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise since 2007.
  • 1972 Born: Wentworth Miller, American-British actor and screenwriter. He rose to prominence following his starring role as Michael Scofield in the Fox series Prison Break.
  • 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 the comedic play You Can't Take It With You and the musical Of Thee I Sing.
  • 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.
  • 1952 Born: Gary Bettman, American sports executive who, as of 2024, serves as the commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), a post he has held since 1993.
  • 1946 The Italians voted in a referendum to turn Italy from a monarchy into a republic. 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 renowned since the 1970s.
  • 1941 Born: Charlie Watts, English drummer, songwriter, and producer, best known as a member of The Rolling Stones.
  • 1924 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 his 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 he 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 is considered to be 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 was not 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 bare-knuckle prize fighter nicknamed "The Emerald Gem". He was one of only six fighters ever to have been involved in fatal fights as both survivor and deceased.
  • 1743 Born: Giuseppe Balsamo, also known by his alias Count Alessandro di Cagliostro, Italian occultist, adventurer, and self-styled magician. He pursued various occult arts, including psychic healing, alchemy, and scrying.
  • 1740 Born: Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and politician, famous for his libertine sexuality. The words "sadism" and "sadist" derive from his name.