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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 2, 2020

On June 2, 1946, in a national referendum, voters in Italy decided the country should become a republic rather than return to a monarchy.

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Italian Prince Umberto visits troops in Naples, Italy, in May 1944. On June 2, 1946, in a national referendum, voters in Italy decided the country should become a republic rather than return to a monarchy. Then-King Umberto II was forced off the throne, the last king of Italy. File Photo by Capt. Tanner/Imperial War Museum
Italian Prince Umberto visits troops in Naples, Italy, in May 1944. On June 2, 1946, in a national referendum, voters in Italy decided the country should become a republic rather than return to a monarchy. Then-King Umberto II was forced off the throne, the last king of Italy. File Photo by Capt. Tanner/Imperial War Museum

Today is Tuesday, June 2, the 154th day of 2020 with 212 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Pope Leo XI in 1535; Martha Washington, the first U.S. first lady, in 1731; French writer Marquis de Sade in 1740; Pope St. Pius X in 1835; English novelist Thomas Hardy in 1840; English composer Edward Elgar in 1857; first lady Helen Taft in 1861; actor/composer Max Showalter in 1917; astronaut Charles "Pete" Conrad in 1930; author Carol Shields in 1935; actor Sally Kellerman in 1937 (age 83); drummer Charlie Watts 1941 (age 79); actor Stacy Keach in 1941 (age 79); actor Charles Haid in 1943 (age 77); composer/pianist Marvin Hamlisch in 1944; actor Jerry Mathers in 1948 (age 72); political commentator Frank Rich in 1949 (age 71); NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in 1952 (age 68); comedian Dana Carvey in 1955 (age 65); TV personality Andy Cohen in 1968 (age 52); comedian Wayne Brady in 1972 (age 48); actor Wentworth Miller in 1972 (age 48); actor Zachary Quinto in 1977 (age 43); actor Dominic Cooper in 1978 (age 42); first South Korean astronaut in space Yi Soyeon in 1978 (age 42); actor Justin Long in 1978 (age 42); actor Morena Baccarin in 1979 (age 41); Olympic gold medal soccer player Abby Wambach in 1980 (age 40); rapper/actor Awkwafina, born Nora Lum, in 1988 (age 32); actor Jeremy Ray Taylor in 2003 (age 17).

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On this date in history:

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In 1865, the Civil War officially came to an end when Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signed the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators.

In 1886, U.S. President Grover Cleveland, 49, married Frances Folsom, the 21-year-old daughter of his former law partner, in a White House ceremony. The bride became the youngest first lady in U.S. history.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, extending citizenship to all Native Americans born within the United States and its territories.

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In 1946, in a national referendum, voters in Italy decided the country should become a republic rather than return to a monarchy. The results were officially announced three days later after votes were counted.

In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in London's Westminster Abbey by the Archbishop of Canterbury. A year earlier, upon receiving word of her father's death, the former Princess Elizabeth broke down and wept.

In 1985, police near San Francisco arrested Leonard Lake, who, along with an accomplice, Charles Ng, were accused of between 11 to 25 murders. Lake killed himself in jail before he could go to trial. Ng was convicted in 11 homicides in 1999 and sentenced to death.

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In 1992, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination.

In 1995, a U.S. F-16 fighter-jet was shot down by a Serb-launched missile while on patrol over Bosnia. The pilot, Air Force Capt. Scott O'Grady, ejected safely and landed behind Serb lines. He was rescued six days later.

In 1997, a federal jury in Denver convicted Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people. He was sentenced to death and executed June 11, 2001.

In 2004, Ken Jennings won his first game on Jeopardy! It started a string that ended after a record 74 wins and more than $2.5 million in winnings.

In 2010, a 52-year-old British taxi driver was accused of a shooting rampage in which 13 people were slain and 11 others injured before he killed himself.

In 2014, Seattle's City Council approved a $15 hourly minimum wage -- the highest in the United States.


A thought for the day: "There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all." -- American baseball legend Lou Gehrig

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