Lou Gehrig honored at his retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, less than two years before his death in 1941 at 37.
Today in History
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 2, 1953, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London's Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI; it was the first such ceremony to be broadcast on television.
On this date:
In 1863, during the Civil War, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman wrote a letter to his wife, Ellen, in which he commented, "Vox populi, vox humbug" (The voice of the people is the voice of humbug).
In 1886, President Grover Cleveland, 49, married Frances Folsom, 21, in the Blue Room of the White House. (To date, Cleveland is the only president to marry in the executive mansion.)
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 1962, Soviet forces opened fire on striking workers in the Russian city of Novocherkassk; a retired general in 1989 put the death toll at 22 to 24.
In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a communist country.
In 1983, half of the 46 people aboard an Air Canada DC-9 were killed after fire broke out on board, forcing the jetliner to make an emergency landing at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
In 1986, for the first time, the public could watch the proceedings of the U.S. Senate on television as a six-week experiment began.
In 1987, President Ronald 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. (He was executed in June 2001.)
On June 2, 1962, Island Records released its first single, "Twist Baby" by Owen Gray. Island became home to such acts as Jethro Tull and Traffic. Later, reggae artists like Bob Marley and the Wailers were featured on the label.
In 1973, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dumped a bucket of water over promoter Bill Graham following an argument at a show in San Francisco.
In 1978, Bruce Springsteen's album "Darkness on the Edge of Town" was released.
In 1989, Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married model Mandy Smith. He was 48, she was 19. They divorced in 1991.
In 1993, Ronald Ray Howard's murder trial began in Austin, Texas. Prosecutors said Howard killed a state trooper after listening to 2Pac's "2Pacalypse Now" album. Howard was convicted and sentenced to death.
In 1996, game show host Ray Combs hanged himself in the mental ward of a hospital in Glendale, California. Combs hosted "The New Family Feud." He was 40.
In 2001, Tom Petty married longtime girlfriend Dana York in Las Vegas.
Today's Birthdays: Actress Sally Kellerman is 76. Actor Ron Ely ("Tarzan") is 75. Actor Stacy Keach is 72. Singer William Guest with Gladys Knight and the Pips is 72. Drummer Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones is 72. Actor-director Charles Haid ("Hill Street Blues") is 70. Actor Jerry Mathers ("Leave It To Beaver") is 65. Actress Joanna Gleason is 63. Actor Dennis Haysbert ("24") is 59. Comedian Dana Carvey is 58. Bassist Michael Steele of The Bangles is 58. Singer Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet is 53. Singer Merril Bainbridge is 45. Rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill is 43. Actress Paula Cale ("Providence") is 43. Comedian Wayne Brady is 41.