Canada Decoration Day (is an unofficial holiday that honors the veterans of the country's military. Decoration Day began as a protest in 1890 by forgotten Canadian veterans who had fought in Canada's first modern battle, the Battle of Ridgeway, on June 2, 1866)
International Sex Workers Day (In 1975, on 2nd June, about 100 sex workers occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express their anger about their criminalised and exploitative living conditions. On 10th June at 5 o'clock the Church was brutally raided and cleared by police forces. This action sparked a national movement, and the day is now celebrated in Europe and around the world)
2003 – Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
1979 – Pope John Paul II starts his first official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
1967 – Luis Monge is executed in Colorado's gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States.
1967 – Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is released in the United States.
1966 – Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world.
1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised.
1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.
1910 – Charles Rolls, a co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, becomes the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane.
1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his wireless telegraph.
1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
1692 – Bridget Bishop is the first person to be tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts; she was found guilty and later hanged.
1615 – The first Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.
1098 – First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city; the second siege began five days later.
1989 – Freddy Adu, Ghanaian-American footballer. Fredua Koranteng "Freddy" Adu (born June 2, 1989) is an American soccer player who plays primarily as an attacking midfielder, but also as a winger or forward.
1987 – Matthew Koma, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Matthew Koma wrote numerous hit songs, including Zedd's "Spectrum", and Grammy Award-winner "Clarity", also with Zedd.
1985 – Maggie Thrash, American graphic novelist and writer. Maggie Thrash is an American young adult fiction writer and memoirist, best known for her graphic novel memoir Honor Girl.
1983 – Brooke White, American singer-songwriter and actress, was the fifth place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. In 2005, White released her first studio album, called Songs from the Attic.
1983 – Leela James, American singer-songwriter. Leela James (born May 22, 1983) is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.
1980 – Abby Wambach, American soccer player and coach. Mary Abigail Wambach (born June 2, 1980) is an American retired soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion.
1980 – Bobby Simmons, American basketball player. He won the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 2005.
1980 – Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-American drummer. Moretti has also worked on various art projects since 2012.
1979 – Morena Baccarin, Brazilian-American actress. Morena Silva de Vaz Setta Baccarin (/məˈreɪnə ˈbækərɪn/; Portuguese: ; born June 2, 1979) is a Brazilian-American actress known for portraying Inara Serra in the sci-fi series Firefly and the follow-up film Serenity, Vanessa in the superhero comedy film Deadpool and its sequel Deadpool 2; Jessica Brody in the Showtime series Homeland, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013; and Dr.
1978 – Justin Long, American actor. Justin Jacob Long (born June 2, 1978) is an American actor, comedian and humorist known for roles in such films as Galaxy Quest (1999), Jeepers Creepers (2001), Dodgeball (2004), Accepted (2006), Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), Drag Me to Hell (2009), Alpha and Omega (2010), Tusk (2014), Comet (2014) and The Lookalike (2014).
1978 – Nikki Cox, American actress. Nicole Avery Cox (born June 2, 1978) is an American actress and comedy writer known mostly for her roles on the television series Unhappily Ever After, Las Vegas, and Nikki.
1978 – Yi So-yeon, biotechnologist and astronaut, the first Korean in space. Upon return from her mission aboard the ISS, Yi continued as a KARI researcher attending the International Space University before retiring from the agency to pursue an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and joining commercial astronaut corps the Association of Spaceflight Professionals.
1977 – A.J. Styles, American wrestler. Allen Neal Jones (born June 2, 1977) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name AJ Styles (also stylized as A.J.
1977 – Zachary Quinto, American actor and producer. His other film roles include Margin Call, What's Your Number?, Hitman: Agent 47, Snowden, and Hotel Artemis.
1976 – Earl Boykins, American basketball player. He was the head coach for the Douglas County High School boys varsity basketball team.
1975 – Salvatore Scibona, American author. He has won awards for both his novels and short stories, and was selected in 2010 as one of The New Yorker "Fiction Writers to Watch: 20 under 40".
1974 – Gata Kamsky, Russian-American chess player. Gata Kamsky (Tatar: Гата Камский; Russian: Гата Камский; born June 2, 1974) is a Soviet-born American chess grandmaster, and a five-time U.S. champion.
1974 – Matt Serra, American mixed martial artist. Matthew John Serra (born June 2, 1974) is an American former professional mixed martial artist, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, co-star of Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight, co-host of the official podcast of the UFC, UFC Unfiltered, alongside Jim Norton.
1973 – Neifi Pérez, Dominican-American baseball player. During his career, he played with the Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Detroit Tigers.
1972 – Raúl Ibañez, American baseball player. Raúl Javier Ibañez (/ɪˈbɑːnjɛz/; born June 2, 1972) is an Cuban-American former professional baseball left fielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) now serving as a special advisor to Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman.
1972 – Wayne Brady, American actor, comedian, game show host, and singer, was the host of the daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show, the original host of Fox's Don't Forget the Lyrics!, and has hosted Let's Make a Deal since its 2009 revival. Brady also performed in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots on Broadway as Simon—who is also drag queen Lola—from November 2015 to March 2016, and as James Stinson on the American TV series How I Met Your Mother.
1972 – Wentworth Miller, American actor and screenwriter. Scofield in the Fox series Prison Break, for which he received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 2005.
1970 – B Real, American rapper and actor. He is best known for being the lead rapper in the hip hop group Cypress Hill and he is also being best known as the former of one of two rappers in the American rap rock supergroup Prophets of Rage from 2016 until the group's split in October 2019.
1969 – David Wheaton, American tennis player, radio host, and author. David Wheaton (born June 2, 1969) is an author, radio host, and contributing columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
1969 – Kurt Abbott, American baseball player. Kurt Thomas Abbott (born June 2, 1969) is a former Major League Baseball player who played primarily as a shortstop and second baseman from 1993 to 2001.
1968 – Andy Cohen, American television host. Cohen also has a pop culture channel on SiriusXM Radio named Radio Andy.
1962 – Mark Plaatjes, South African-American runner and coach, was the marathon champion at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics in Stuttgart.
1961 – Dez Cadena, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Cadena played guitar with the Misfits from 2001 to 2015, initially joining the band alongside Doyle, Jerry Only and Robo for their 25th Anniversary Tour and has served as the band's longest tenured guitarist.
1960 – Kyle Petty, American race car driver and sportscaster. Kyle Eugene Petty (born June 2, 1960) is an American former stock car racing driver, and current racing commentator.
1959 – Lydia Lunch, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress. Her career was spawned by the New York no wave scene.
1958 – Lex Luger, American wrestler and football player. Lawrence Wendell Pfohl (born June 2, 1958) better known by the ring name Lex Luger, is an American retired professional wrestler, television producer and football player. in 2011 he began working with WWE on their wellness policy.
1955 – Dana Carvey, American comedian and actor. He is widely famous for being a cast member on the show Saturday Night Live (from 1986 to 1993), which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award from five consecutive nominations.
1955 – Nandan Nilekani, Indian businessman, co-founded Infosys. Nandan Nilekani (born 2 June 1955) is an Indian entrepreneur, bureaucrat, and politician.
1954 – Dennis Haysbert, American actor and producer. He portrayed baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the Major League film trilogy, Secret Service Agent Tim Collin in the 1997 political thriller film Absolute Power, and Sergeant Major Jonas Blane on the drama series The Unit.
1953 – Cornel West, American philosopher, author, and academic. A radical democrat and democratic socialist, West draws intellectual contributions from multiple traditions, including Christianity, the black church, Marxism, neopragmatism, and transcendentalism.
1953 – Craig Stadler, American golfer. Craig Robert Stadler (born June 2, 1953) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments at both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour level, including one major championship, the 1982 Masters Tournament.
1952 – Gary Bettman, American commissioner of the National Hockey League. Bettman is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Law.
1949 – Frank Rich, American journalist and critic. Frank Hart Rich Jr. (born June 2, 1949) is an American essayist and liberal progressive op-ed columnist, who held various positions within The New York Times from 1980 to 2011.
1948 – Jerry Mathers, American actor. Mathers is best known for his role in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, originally broadcast from 1957 to 1963, in which he played Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, the younger son of the suburban couple June and Ward Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont, respectively) and the brother of Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow).
1945 – Bonnie Newman, American businessman and politician. Jane Ellen "Bonnie" Newman (born June 2, 1945) from North Hampton, New Hampshire is an American administrator and business executive.
1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (d. 2012). Hamlisch was one of only fifteen people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.
1943 – Charles Haid, American actor and director. Charles Maurice Haid III (born June 2, 1943) is an American actor and film director, with notable work in both movies and television.
1941 – Lou Nanne, Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame.
1941 – Stacy Keach, American actor. His most prominent role was as Mickey Spillane's fictional detective Mike Hammer, which he played in numerous stand-alone television films and at least three different television series throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
1939 – John Schlee, American golfer (d. 2000). Schlee (June 2, 1939 – June 2, 2000) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s.
1937 – Deric Washburn, American screenwriter and playwright. Deric Washburn is an American screenwriter.
1937 – Sally Kellerman, American actress. Sally Clare Kellerman (born June 2, 1937) is an American actress, activist, author, producer, singer, and voice artist.
1935 – Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist and short story writer (d. 2003), was an American-born Canadian novelist and short story writer. She is best known for her 1993 novel The Stone Diaries, which won the U.S.
1933 – Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player and coach (d. 2014), was a Major League Baseball second baseman for the New York Yankees (1956–59), Kansas City Athletics (1959–63) and Detroit Tigers (1964–67).
1930 – Pete Conrad, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1999). Two Navy Distinguished Service Medals Two NASA Distinguished Service Medals Two NASA Exceptional Service Medals The Congressional Space Medal of Honor (1978) The Collier Trophy (1973) The Harmon Trophy (1974) Navy Astronaut Wings
1929 – Norton Juster, American architect, author, and academic. He is best known as an author of children's books, notably for The Phantom Tollbooth and The Dot and the Line.
1928 – Rafael A. Lecuona, Cuban-American gymnast and academic (d. 2014), was from 1944 to 1955 a member of the Cuban gymnastics team and from 1970 to 2002 a political science professor at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. He competed in the Pan American Games in Buenos Aires (1951) and Mexico City (1955), in three consecutive Olympic Games from 1948 to 1956, and he was a member of the Florida State University men's gymnastics team from 1953 to 1956.
1927 – W. Watts Biggers, American author, screenwriter, and animator (d. 2013), was an American novelist and co-creator of the long-running animated television series Underdog.
1926 – Milo O'Shea, Irish-American actor (d. 2013), was an Irish actor. He received two Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play nominations for his performances in Staircase (1968) and Mass Appeal (1982).
1923 – Lloyd Shapley, American mathematician and economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2016), was an American mathematician and Nobel Prize-winning economist. He contributed to the fields of mathematical economics and especially game theory.
1921 – Betty Freeman, American photographer and philanthropist (d. 2009), was an American philanthropist and photographer.
1921 – Ernie Royal, American trumpet player (d. 1983), was a jazz trumpeter. His older brother was clarinetist and alto saxophonist Marshal Royal, with whom he appears on the classic Ray Charles big band recording The Genius of Ray Charles (1959).
1920 – Frank G. Clement, American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969), was an American lawyer and politician who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1953 to 1959 and from 1963 to 1967. Inaugurated for the first time at age 32, he was the state's youngest and longest-serving governor in the 20th century.
1920 – Tex Schramm, American businessman (d. 2003), was an American football executive who was the original president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys franchise of the National Football League (NFL). Schramm, usually referred to as "Tex", became the head of the Cowboys when the former expansion team started operations in 1960.
1920 – Yolande Donlan, American-English actress (d. 2014), was an American-British actress who worked extensively in the United Kingdom.
1919 – Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (d. 2005). New York City, NY, June 2, 1919 - d.
1918 – Kathryn Tucker Windham, American journalist and author (d. 2011), was an American storyteller, author, photographer, folklorist, and journalist. She was born in Selma, Alabama, and grew up in nearby Thomasville.
1918 – Ruth Atkinson, Canadian-American illustrator (d. 1997). Ruth Atkinson Ford, née Ruth Atkinson and a.k.a.
1914 – Johnny Bulla, American golfer (d. 2003), was an American professional golfer.
1911 – Joe McCluskey, American runner (d. 2002), was an American track and field athlete. During his running career, he won 27 national titles in various distance events and captured the steeplechase title a record nine times in a 13-year period.
1910 – Hector Dyer, American sprinter (d. 1990), was an American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1932 Summer Olympics.
1907 – Dorothy West, American journalist and author (d. 1998), was an American novelist and short-story writer during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She is best known for her novel The Living Is Easy, as well as many other short stories and essays, about the life of an upper-class black family.
1904 – Johnny Weissmuller, Hungarian-American swimmer and actor (d. 1984), was an Austro-Hungarian-born American competition swimmer and actor. He was known for playing Edgar Rice Burroughs' ape man Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s and for having one of the best competitive swimming records of the 20th century.
1899 – Edwin Way Teale, American environmentalist and photographer (d. 1980), was an American naturalist, photographer and writer. Teale's works serve as primary source material documenting environmental conditions across North America from 1930 - 1980.
1891 – Thurman Arnold, American lawyer and judge (d. 1969), was best known for his trust-busting campaign as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Department of Justice from 1938 to 1943.
1875 – Charles Stewart Mott, American businessman and politician, 50th Mayor of Flint, Michigan (d. 1973), was an American businessman, a co-founder of General Motors, philanthropist, and the 50th and 55th mayor of Flint, Michigan.
1773 – John Randolph of Roanoke, American planter and politician, 8th United States Ambassador to Russia (d. 1833), was a planter and a Congressman from Virginia, serving in the House of Representatives at various times between 1799 and 1833, and the Senate from 1825 to 1827. He was also Minister to Russia under Andrew Jackson in 1830.
1739 – Jabez Bowen, American colonel and politician, 45th Deputy Governor of Rhode Island (d. 1815), was an American shipper and politician. He was a militia colonel during the American Revolutionary War, and served as Deputy Governor of Rhode Island and Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
2015 – Irwin Rose, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
2014 – Alexander Shulgin, American pharmacologist and chemist (b. 1925)
2012 – Kathryn Joosten, American actress (b. 1939)
2012 – LeRoy Ellis, American basketball player (b. 1940)
2012 – Richard Dawson, English-American soldier, actor, television personality, and game show host (b. 1932)
2009 – David Eddings, American author (b. 1931)
2008 – Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1928)
2008 – Mel Ferrer, American actor (b. 1917)
2003 – Freddie Blassie, American wrestler and manager (b. 1918)
2001 – Imogene Coca, American actress and comedian (b. 1908)
2001 – Joey Maxim, American boxer (b. 1922)
2000 – John Schlee, American golfer (b. 1939)
1997 – Doc Cheatham, American trumpet player, singer, and bandleader (b. 1905)
1996 – John Alton, Hungarian-American cinematographer and director (b. 1901)
1996 – Ray Combs, American game show host (b. 1956)
1993 – Johnny Mize, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1913)
1990 – Jack Gilford, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)
1987 – Anthony de Mello, Indian-American priest and psychotherapist (b. 1931)
1987 – Sammy Kaye, American bandleader and songwriter (b. 1910)
1979 – Jim Hutton, American actor (b. 1934)
1977 – Stephen Boyd, Northern Irish-born American actor (b. 1931)
1970 – Bruce McLaren, New Zealand race car driver and engineer, founded the McLaren racing team (b. 1937)
1969 – Leo Gorcey, American actor (b. 1917)
1961 – George S. Kaufman, American director, producer, and playwright (b. 1889)
1956 – Jean Hersholt, Danish-American actor and director (b. 1886)
1952 – Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect, designed the Central Sofia Market Hall (b. 1880)
1942 – Bunny Berigan, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1908)
1941 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (b. 1903)
1933 – Frank Jarvis, American runner and triple jumper (b. 1878)
1865 – Ner Middleswarth, American judge and politician (b. 1783)