ON THIS DAY: June 2, 2020

June 2nd is

Rotisserie Chicken Day

Rocky Road Day *

Gun Violence Awareness Day

International Sex Workers Day *


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Azerbaijan – Civil Aviation Day

Bhutan – Social Forestry Day

Bulgaria – Day of Hristo Botev *

Canada – Decoration Day

Italy – Festa della Repubblica
(Republic Day)


On This Day in HISTORY

455 – The third of four sacks of Rome: After Emperor Valentinian’s death, Senator Petronius Maximus took the throne with backing from the senate, and by bribing palace officials. He forces Licinia Eudoxia, Valentinian’s widow, to marry him, breaks the betrothal of her daughter Eudocia to the son of Vandal King Genseric and forces her to marry his son Palladius. Genseric declares his peace treaty with Valentinian has been broken, and leads the Vandals to attack Rome. As they approach the city, the Vandals knock down the aqueducts that are Rome’s major source of water. Maximus is killed by a Roman mob as he tries to flee the city. On this date, the Vandals enter Rome, and begin two weeks of plundering the city. Genseric keeps his word not to burn the city, but takes everything of value that can be carried off, including the twice-widowed Empress Licinia Eudoxia, and her daughters, Eudocia and Placidia 

1098 – First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch, which started in October 1097, ends when Crusader forces are let into the city by an Armenian guard, but the citadel remains in the control of the defenders; the Crusaders massacre thousands of Christian civilians along with Muslims because they are unable to tell them apart

1692 – Bridget Bishop goes on trial as the first person accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials; she will also be the first person hanged. Bishop fell under suspicion because she operated a tavern, stayed up late, drank spirits, and wore “ostentatious” clothing, including a red bodice with colored loops in it. At her trial, a town dyer said she brought him “sundry pieces of lace” in shapes and sizes suggesting that she was a dishonest woman. 

1740 – Marquis de Sade born, French aristocrat, revolutionary and writer, sexual fantasist obsessed with violence, criminality and blasphemy

1763 – Pontiac’s Rebellion: at what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison’s attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort

1774 – Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act is enacted, requiring the colonies to pay for housing British troops in peacetime, and allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings, or in the homes of colonists, if suitable quarters are not available

1793 – French Revolution: François Hanriot, leader of the Parisian National Guard, arrests 22 Girondists selected by Jean-Paul Marat, setting the stage for the Reign of Terror

1816 – Grace Aguilar born, British novelist, poet and author of Jewish non-fiction on history and religion: The Spirit of Judaism, The Women of Israel and History of the Jews in England, one of the first histories of the Jews living in England

1838 – Duchess Alexandra of Oldenburg born to Duke Peter of Oldenburg and his wife Princess Therese of Nassau-Weilburg, noted for their philanthropy, who assured she was well educated. She spoke Russian, German, English and French, and excelled in the arts. Alexandra was also interested in medicine and solving the social problems of the poor. In 1856, she was married to Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia, the third son of Tsar Nicholas I. Alexandra was raised as a Lutheran, but had to convert to Russian Orthodoxy, and took the name Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna of Russia. She bore two sons, but the marriage, arranged by the Russian Imperial family to try to control the Grand Duke’s excesses, was a failure. Alexandra was plain, serious-minded, religious and devoted to charity work. By 1865, she was founding a training institute for nurses in St. Petersburg, while her husband was starting a flagrant affair with a ballerina, and forming a second family with her. He expelled Alexandra from their household in 1879. A carriage accident left Alexandra almost completely paralyzed and, in 1880, she was compelled by her brother-in-law Tsar Alexander II, to go abroad. In 1881, her nephew, Tsar Alexander III, allowed her to return. She settled in Kiev, where she recovered her mobility. In 1889, she founded the Pokrov of Our Lady Monastery, a convent of nursing nuns with its own hospital to provide free treatment for the poor, and became an Orthodox nun. She died at the convent in 1900

1840 – Thomas Hardy born, English novelist and poet, Victorian Realist; Far from the Madding CrowdTess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure

1851 – Maine becomes the first U.S. state to pass a law prohibiting alcohol

1857 – Sir Edward Elgar born, English composer, appointed Master of the King’s Musick in 1924 ; The Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches

1861 – Concordia Hård Selander born, Swedish actress and theatrical manager. In 1889, she and her husband Hjalmar Selander were actor-managers of their renowned Selander Company, notable for quality productions on tour and a “respected repertoire” – and, above all, for good finances that assured their actors always got paid.  Beginning in 1917, she also worked as an actress in films. Many of the young talents the Selanders discovered and helped to develop became famous actors in Swedish theatre and film

1865 – Adelaide Casely-Hayford born, advocate for the Sierra Leone Creole identity and cultural heritage, feminist, educator and writer; she was educated in England, attended Jersey Ladies’ College, then studied music at the Stuttgart Conservatory in Germany; after 25 years abroad, she returned to Sierra Leone, and joined the Ladies Division of the Freetown branch of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, but resigned in 1920, and went on a lecture tour in America to raise funds for a vocational school for girls, which opened in 1923 with 14 pupils; created a sensation in 1925 when she wore traditional Sierra Leone dress at a reception for the Prince of Wales

1876 – Hristo Botev Remembrance Day * – Hristo Botev, Bulgarian poet, journalist and revolutionary, killed during the April Uprising against the Ottoman Empire while leading two hundred rebels who fought to the last man; the brutality of the Turks, whose seasoned troops out-numbered the Bulgarians by ten to one, caused an outcry, and was followed by the Russo-Turkish War. Bulgaria finally achieved complete independence in 1908. On June 2nd in Bulgaria, there are three minutes of silence at noon in remembrance of Hristo Botev, and for all those who have died for Bulgaria’s freedom

1896 – Guglielmo Marconi files a patent on his earliest wireless system with the British Patent Office

1899 – Lotte Reiniger born, German animator/director, silhouette animation pioneer; The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Cinderella and The Magic Flute 

1907 – John F. Lehmann born, English poet, book and periodical publisher

1907 – Dorothy West born, American journalist and Harlem Renaissance author;most remembered for her novel, The Living is Easy

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

1913 – Barbara Pym born, British author, Fellow of Royal Society of Literature, wrote social comedies; Excellent Women and A Glass of Blessings

1913 – Elsie Tu born in England as Elsie Elliott; Hong Kong social activist who originally came to Hong Kong as a missionary; outspoken critic of British colonialism, and advocate for LGBT rights, better housing, welfare services, playgrounds, bus routes, hawker licenses. Her campaign against corruption is credited with the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in 1974; she served as a member of the Urban Council (1963- 1995), the Provisionanl Legislative Council (1997-1998), and the Legislative Council (1988-1995). She lived to be 102 years old

1918 – Ruth Atkinson born in Canada, American cartoonist and one of the first women comic book writer-artists, working for Iger Studio, a comic book “packager” that produced comic books on an out source basis; creator of the Marvel Comics character Millie the Model, the publisher’s longest-running humor title, and the Patsy Walker series

1918 – Kathryn Tucker Windham born, American storyteller, author, photographer, folklorist and journalist; the first woman hired as a journalist by the Alabama Journal in 1939; worked for the Birmingham News (1944-1956); worked for the Selma Times-Journal after that, and won several Associated Press awards for writing and photography; published a series of “true” ghost story collections, and many books about the Southern states, including recipe books and folklore; after appearing at the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee, she made frequent appearances at storytelling events, and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered

1919 – Eight large bombs are detonated nearly simultaneously in eight U.S. cities by followers of anarchist Luigi Galleani; 16 other bombs had previously been mailed in late April – the ongoing bombings led to the Red Scare of 1919-1920

1921 – Betty Wishnick-Freeman born, American concert manager, photographer and philanthropist-advocate for contemporary music who assisted several composers with grants and commissions, including John Cage, Philip Glass, Pierre Boulez, Virgil Thompson, and many others

1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native American born within U.S. territorial limits

1924 – June Callwood born, Canadian journalist, author and social activist; worked for the Brantford Expositor, then the Toronto Globe and Mail;ghost-writer for several autobiographies including Barbara Walters and Otto Preminger; she and her husband Trent Frayne hosted a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television talk show The Fraynes (1954-1955), which led later to her own shows In Touch, National Treasures and Caregiving with June Callwood; she was a well-known activist for social justice, especially issues affecting women and children, involved with over 50 Canadian social action organizations, including youth and women’s hostels, and founded Casey House in Toronto for people with AIDS, Jessie’s (Now Jessie’s: The June Callwood Centre for Young Women, PEN Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and Feminists Against Censorship; Companion of the Order of Canada, awarded as the highest degree of merit for a Canadian civilian

1929 – In March, William Dreyer invents Rocky Road ice cream – there are conflicting reports of where his inspiration came from, but the result is indisputably delicious. The name of the ice cream is believed to have inspired not only by its appearance, but also by ‘rocky road’ of the Great Depression. Couldn’t find a connection to June 2, but any day is a good day to celebrate Rocky Road Day *

1935 – Carol Shields born in America, Canadian novelist and short story writer; her best-known novel, The Stone Diaries, won the Canadian Governor General’s Award for English language fiction,  and the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the only novel to date to win both of these awards (Shield, as an American-born naturalized Canadian was eligible for both prizes). It also won the National Book critics Circle Award and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize

1937 – The Right Honourable Rosalyn Cohen Higgins born, Baroness Higgins, British judge and legal scholar; first woman elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ – 1995-2009), and the ICJ’s first woman President (2006-2009); in 2009, she was appointed as advisor on International Law to the British Government’s inquiry into the Iraq War, headed by Sir John Chilcot, and often called the Chilcot Inquiry (2009-2016); has published several influential works on international law, including Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It 

1944 – Marvin Hamlisch born, American composer, winner of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize

1946 – In South Africa, the Asiatic Land Tenure and Indian Representation Act No 28 is passed, better known as ‘the Ghetto Act,” curtailing Indian property ownership in ‘White’ areas in Natal. Natal was divided into controlled and uncontrolled areas. The controlled areas would be White areas in which Indians were no longer allowed to purchase land. The uncontrolled areas were open to Whites and Indians. In controlled areas, Indians could continue to own land purchased before January 21, 1944 (the date when the Bill was announced), but could no longer purchase new properties. They had to lease land from Whites on condition it was used for trading purposes. The “Ghetto Act” included some ‘political representation’ to Indians, possibly to soften the blow of the restrictions. This translated into three White representatives in the Assembly and two in the Senate, along with two provincial councillors who could be Indian. The Natal Indian Congress rejected the Act and took its case to both the Indian government and the United Nations. When the South African government ignored both the international community as well as its own citizens, the Natal Indian Congress started a campaign of passive resistance. African, Indian and Coloured people united in South Africa, signing a ‘Joint Declaration of Cooperation’ in 1947 between the African National Congress, the Transvaal Indian Congress and the Natal Indian Congress, to work together for an end to the denial of rights to non-whites by the Apartheid state

1949 – Heather Couper born, British astronomer and science populariser; British Astronomical Association president (1984-1986), and Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society since 1970; lecturer at Greenwich Planetarium and the Old Royal Observatory (1977-1983); television presenter since 1981; author and co-author of several astronomy and space books, and astronomy correspondent for The Independent newspaper; popular presenter on radio, television and at public lectures; won the Sir Arthur Clarke Award in 2008 with Martin Redfern for BBC Radio 4 programme Britain’s Space Race

1950 – Anne Phillips born, a leading figure in feminist political theory; Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, and Professor of Political and Gender Theory at the London School of Economics; carried out a research project on tensions between sexual and cultural equality in the British Courts (2002-2004); collaborated on an exploration of gender and culture issues in their specifically European context (2005-2008); Fellow of the British Academy since 2003; co-winner of the American Political Science Association’s Victoria Schuck Award for Best Book on Women and Politics, Engineering Democracy

1953 – Elizabeth II is crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey

1959 – Rineke Dijstra born, Dutch photographer, noted for single portraits, often in a series, showing a group of people, such as Beach Portraits (1992) and Israeli soldiers(1999-2000); she also did a series of photographs of a single subject, Almerisa, a Bosnian refugee, taken every two years from age 6 until age 18, from an asylum centre through her family’s relocation in Western Europe; awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society, and the 2017 Hasselblad Award

Almerisa from 6 to 18, by Rineke Dijstra

1961 – Randol Fawkes pilots the bill though the House of Assembly to establish a national Labour Day in the Bahamas; Fawkes, called ‘the father of the Free Trade Union Movement’ was also a civil rights activist, attorney and author, who cast the deciding vote to form the first black-majority coalition government in the island’s history

1964 – Caroline Link born, German film director and screenwriter of documentary and feature films; her first feature film, Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence, 1996) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix; her third feature film, Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa, 2001), won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

1966 – Candace Gingrich born, American LGBT rights activist at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), served as the HRC’s National Coming Out Project spokesperson in 1995, and was one of Ms. Magazine’s 1995 Women of the Year; currently Senior Manager of the HRC’s Youth & Campus Outreach, and coordinator of the HRC University Internship Program; autobiography, Accidental Activist: A Personal and Political Memoir, was published in 1996; Newt Gingrich’s half-sister

1971 – Kateřina Jacques born, Czech Green Party politician; elected to the Czech Republic’s lower house in 2006, representing Prague; previously director of the human rights section of the prime minister’s office

1975 – International Sex Workers Day * commemorates the Occupation of Saint-Nizier in Lyon by over 100 prostitutes protesting their inhumane working conditions. The women occupied the church for eight days, until police removed them on June 10. Other churches were soon occupied by protestors in Paris, Marseille, Grenoble, Saint-Étienne and Montpellier. French police had been increasing reprisals against prostitutes, forcing them into greater secrecy, which increased the violence against them. In April, 1975, the Lyon prostitutes organized, and their leader, known as ‘Ulla’ appeared on television with their demands. After three women were murdered, and the government’s continued in difference to their plight, they went on strike and occupied the church. They demanded the end of fines, police harassment, and the release from jail of ten of them who had been imprisoned a few days earlier for soliciting. The striking workers sang political chants and demanded decent working conditions and an end to stigma, becoming headline news nationally, and reports in the international press. Some local people supported their strike, bringing them clothes and food, while political, union and feminists organizations also announced their support. The parish priest refused to call police to remove the women, but the French government ordered the police to forcibly clear the church. The Minister of the Interior, Michel Poniatowski,  claimed the women had been manipulated into the occupation by pimps, and the  Womens Rights Minister, Françoise Giroud, refused to meet with the women, claiming she was not competent in the matter. This event was a flash point which launched an international movement for sex worker’s rights

1978 – Yi So-yeon born, biotechnologist, and the first Korean woman astronaut in space. She is a member of the Association of Spaceflight Professionals, an organization founded to “develop the next generation of commercial astronauts through networking, education, research and mission opportunities”

1978 – Bruce Springsteen’s album, Darkness On The Edge of Town, is released

1981 – Nintendo’s video game, Donkey Kong, makes its U.S. debut

1985 – Maggie Thrash born, American young adult fiction writer and memoirist; noted for her graphic novel memoir Honor Girl, describing coming out in her teens as a lesbian at a conservative summer camp, and her Strange Truth mystery series

1989 – Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting student demonstrators for democracy in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square

1997 – Timothy McVeigh is convicted of murder and conspiracy in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people

1998 – Voters in California passed Proposition 227, requiring that all schoolchildren be taught in English; it is repealed in 2016 by passage of Proposition 58

2003 – The New York Philharmonic announces that its return to Carnegie Hall, citing Carnegie’s acoustics as a key reason for moving back

New-York-Philharmonic – Carnegie-Hall 2015 – photo by Chris Lee

2015 – President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act, which cuts back on the National Security Agency’s surveillance powers. The Senate passed the bill hours earlier to restore parts of the Patriot Act, which expired June 1, but it still effectively ended the NSA’s authority to collect bulk phone data. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) tried unsuccessfully to water down the reforms, saying, “Nobody’s civil liberties are being violated here.” Supporters said the bill restored freedoms lost in the security frenzy after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

2017 – A group of American mayors, governors, university professors, and business leaders will submit a plan to the United Nations to uphold the promises the U.S. made in the Paris Agreement, despite Donald Trump’s announcement he will withdraw the U.S. from the climate pact. The group is working on a proposal to ensure the U.S. meets the goal of lowering greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is heading the effort, and has offered $15 million to the U.N. to match funding it stands to lose from Trump’s decision

2019 – A report on widespread killings and disappearances of indigenous women and girls in Canada said the violence amounts “to a race-based genocide of indigenous peoples.” The report concludes that the “genocide has been empowered by colonial structures,” and fueled by “appalling apathy.” The report describes the chronic abuse of indigenous people, including at residential schools where indigenous children were once sent. Indigenous women and girls make up 4% of Canada’s women and girls, but they are 16% of those killed. Royal Canadian Mounted Police figures show that 1,181 indigenous women were killed or disappeared in Canada from 1980 to 2012, but indigenous advocates say many deaths go unreported so the real number is higher

Section of a wall showing ‘Stolen Sisters’ – indigenous Canadian
women and girls either missing or murdered


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