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June 2 – this day in history

Night view of Charminar during Ramadan; Image credit

On June 2, 2014, Telangana officially became the 29th state of India, after separating from Andhra Pradesh, with the Hyderabad city as its capital.

Here are other reasons which establish June 2 as a historic date:

Westminster Abbey, London; Image credit
Westminster Abbey, London; Image credit

• 1756 – Fort William, the English stronghold in Bengal, was surrendered to Siraj-ud-Daulah.
• 1886 – Grover Cleveland became the first U.S. president to get married in the White House.
• 1908 – Sri Aurobindo, freedom fighter, was arrested in Manik Tala Bomb explosion case.
• 1935 – Babe Ruth, 40, announces his retirement as a player
• 1953 – The crowning ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London’s Westminster Abbey.
• 1897 – Mark Twain was quoted by the New York Journal as saying from London that “the report of my death was an exaggeration.”
• 1924 – The Indian Citizenship Act, which confers citizenship on all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the country is passed in Congress.
• 1946 – Italy held a referendum which resulted in the Italian monarchy being abolished in favour of a republic.
• 1953 – Mountaineer Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and his Nepalese Sherpa guide Tensing became the first men to conquer Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. The two reached the pinnacle of Everest, more than 29,000 feet above sea level, at 11.30 a.m.
• 1966 – U.S. space probe Surveyor 1 landed on the moon and began transmitting detailed photographs of the lunar surface.
• 1975 – India’s First Spunge Iron Project inaugurated at Vijaywada.
• 1979 – Pope John Paul II starts his first official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
• 1999 – The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time.
• 2003 – The European Space Agency launched the Mars Express probe. Contact with the lander Beagle 2 was lost in December.
• 2013 – Columbia University researchers believe the new material, graphene, even if stitched together, is the strongest material in the world.