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On June second, 1953, Queen
Elizabeth the Second of Britain was crowned in
Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of
her father, King George the Sixth.
On this date:
In 1886, President Cleveland married Frances
Folsom in a White House ceremony.
In 1897, Mark
Twain, 61, was quoted by the New York Journal as
saying from London that "the report of my
death was an exaggeration."
In 1924, Congress
granted US citizenship to all American Indians.
baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig,
died in New York of a degenerative disease,
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
In 1946, the
Italian monarchy was abolished in favor of a
In 1966, the US
space probe "Surveyor One" landed on
the moon and began transmitting detailed
photographs of the lunar surface.
In 1975, Vice
President Nelson Rockefeller said his commission
had found no widespread pattern of illegal
activities at the Central Intelligence Agency.
In 1979, Pope John
Paul the Second arrived in his native Poland on
the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
In 1987, President
Reagan announced he was nominating economist Alan
Greenspan to succeed Paul Volcker as chairman of
the Federal Reserve Board.
In 1997, Timothy
McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in
the Oklahoma City bombing.
Ten years ago: On
the third day of their Washington summit,
President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S.
Gorbachev held informal talks at the Camp David
presidential retreat in Maryland. Actor Sir Rex
Harrison died in New York at age 82.
Five years ago: A
US Air Force F-16C was shot down by a Bosnian
Serb surface-to-air missile while on a NATO air
patrol in northern Bosnia; the pilot, Captain
Scott F. O'Grady, was rescued six days later.
One year ago:
South Africans went to the polls in their second
post-apartheid election, giving the African
National Congress a decisive victory; retiring
president Nelson Mandela was succeeded by Thabo
interesting till it begins to repeat itself -- in
fact, till it does that, it hardly is
Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born author (1899-1973).