June 2

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July 1, 2022

June 2 (June 2) is the 153rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (154th in leap years). There are 212 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

455 - Vandals invade Rome and begin a two-week robbery that will later serve as the basis for the term vandalism. 1098 - A multi-month siege of Antioch ends in the First Crusade, in which the Crusaders are defeated. 1771 - Russia takes over the Crimean peninsula in a war with Turkey. 1790 - The first bookstore is opened in Novi Sad. The owner, Emanuel Janković, also printed the first catalog of books in his printing house. 1924 - US Congress recognizes Native American citizenship in the United States. 1946 - Italians vote for the republic in a referendum, rejecting the Savoy dynasty. 1949 - The state of Transjordan changes its name to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. 1953 - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. It was the first coronation in history to be televised. 1955 - Yugoslav and Soviet leaders Josip Broz Tito and Nikita Khrushchev sign the Belgrade Declaration, which normalizes relations between Yugoslavia and the USSR, disrupted by a 1948 Informbureau resolution. 1965 - A mine explosion at a Japanese coal mine near Fukuoka kills at least 200 miners. 1966 - The American spaceship "Surveyor" performs the first successful soft landing on the moon and begins sending the first images of the moon's surface. 1967 - Police kill Benoit Onezorg during a student protest in West Berlin against a visit by Persian Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, resulting in the creation of the June 2 terrorist movement. 1969 - A collision between Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne and American destroyer Frank E. Evans kills 74 American sailors in the South China Sea. 1979 - Pope John Paul II arrives in Poland for the Pope's first visit to a communist country. 1983 - A Soviet spacecraft launches a new space probe to explore the planet Venus from a satellite in Earth orbit. 1992 - The Danes vote in a referendum against the Maastricht Treaty of the European Union. 1993 - In the first free elections in Burundi, Melchior Ndadaje defeats military president Pierre Bujoy, making him the first head of state in that African country.