Today is Thursday, June 2, the 153rd day of 2005. There are 212 days left in the year. On this date in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain is crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI.
In 1897, Mark Twain, 61, is quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that "the report of my death was an exaggeration." In 1924, Congress grants U.S. citizenship to all American Indians. In 1941, baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, dies in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In 1946, the Italian monarchy is abolished in favor of a republic. In 1966, the U.S. space probe Surveyor One lands on the moon and begins transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface. In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrives in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country. In 1986, for the first time, the public can watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment of televised sessions begins. In 1997, Timothy McVeigh is convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing. (He is executed in June 2001.)
June 2, 1980: Frank Kline of Lustig's Inc. is presented the B'nai B'rith Guardian of the Menorah Award at the 11th annual banquet.
Former Ohio Lt. Gov. Richard Celeste and Joseph Kennedy, son of the late Robert Kennedy, stump in the Youngstown area for President Carter and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy two days before the Ohio primary election.
Statistics reported in Ohio for the 1978-79 school year show the dropout rate for Youngstown city schools is the 15th highest among Ohio schools with 547 of 17,726 students dropping out.
June 2, 1965: Ohio's Supreme Court rules that the state's "blue laws" ban sale of miscellaneous items by drugstores on Sunday. The unanimous decision upheld a $25 fine against a Gray's Drug Store in Wooster that sold cigarettes, wrapping paper, an extension cord and a powder puff on a Sunday.
Liberty High School will graduate 157 seniors in the largest graduating class in the school's history. Paula Benkart is the valedictorian and Myrna Fleischer is the salutatorian.
June 2, 1955: A bill that would have slashed funds available to the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County dies in the Ohio Senate.
Joe DiCarlo, onetime Youngstown racket boss who has been basking in the Florida sun, tells the U.S. district attorney's office in Miami that he is broke and unable to pay $3,000 of a fine he has owed the government for 30 years.
Plans by Pittsburgh Consolidation Coal Co. are nearly complete for a pipeline to transport coal slurry 108 miles from a mine near Cadiz to a Cleveland power plant. A similar pipeline has been discussed to transport coal from East Liverpool to Youngstown.
June 2, 1930: LaVerne Jackson, 18-year-old Youngstown officeworker, claims the record for the highest parachute jump over the city, jumping from a New Standard biplane from an altitude of 8,000 feet. She had hoped to jump from 12,000 feet, setting a record for women, but high winds prevented that.
W.F. Armine, superintendent of Ohio prisons, gives guards orders to fire on querulous prisoners being transferred from the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus to a prison farm at London. Guards followed the orders and one prisoner, Sam Mazello, 30, of Trumbull County, is dead.