June 2nd

2012
Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that forced him from power.
Hosni Mubarak
2011
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Mitt Romney presidential campaign, 2012
2010
Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga lost his bid for a perfect game against Cleveland with two outs in the ninth inning on a call that first base umpire Jim Joyce later admitted he'd blown.
Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game
2003
The European Space Agency launched the Mars Express probe. Contact with the lander Beagle 2 was lost in December.
Beagle 2
1998
Voters in California passed Proposition 227, requiring that all schoolchildren be taught in English.
Bilingual education
1997
Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
Timothy McVeigh
1989
10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing.
Tiananmen Square protests of 1989
1981
The Japanese video arcade game "Donkey Kong" made its U.S. debut.
Donkey Kong (video game)
1979
Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit a communist country. Millions of spectators lined the streets of Warsaw as the Pope began his nine-day tour of his native Poland.
Pope John Paul II
1967
Benno Ohnesorg is killed. A police officer shot the unarmed German student at a demonstration against the state visit of the controversial Shah of Iran. It later ruled that the shooting was not an act of self-defense. The event was pivotal for the foundation of the terrorist organization “Movement 2 June”.
Benno Ohnesorg
1953
Queen Elizabeth II is crowned. The coronation in London's Westminster Abbey was the first televised major international event in history. Elizabeth's accession to the throne followed the death of her father, King George VI, 16 months previously.
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
1946
Italy becomes a parliamentary republic. The transition from a monarchy to today's Italian Republic was effected by the favorable outcome of a referendum, in which 89 percent of Italians, also including women for the first time, took part.
Italian institutional referendum, 1946
1941
Baseball great, Lou Gehrig died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, a rare type of paralysis now referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Rutherford "Rud" Rennie
1935
Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player.
Babe Ruth
1924
Congress granted U.S. citizenship to all American Indians.
Indian Citizenship Act
1897
Mark Twain was quoted by the New York Journal as saying "the report of my death was an exaggeration.".
List of premature obituaries
1896
Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897.
Guglielmo Marconi
1886
President Grover Cleveland, 49, married Frances Folsom, 21, in a White House ceremony.
Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston
1862
Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virgin during US Civil War.
Stonewall Jackson
1851
Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
Maine law
1847
Felix Mendelssohn's Wedding March is used at a wedding for the first time. Dorothy Carew and Tom Daniel were the first to use the iconic piece for their wedding ceremony. The event that made the work world famous was the wedding of Victoria, Princess Royal and Prince Frederick William of Prussia in 1858.
Wedding March (Mendelssohn)
455
King Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome - Rome looted for 14 days.
Genseric