Famous People Who Died on June 2Nd in History

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Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

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What Happened Today in History?

1692 – Bridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts. Found guilty, she is hanged on June 10

1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States

1886 – U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom in the White House, becoming the only president to wed in the executive mansion- This marriage was unusual because Cleveland was the executor of Oscar Folsom’s estate and had supervised Frances’ upbringing, but the public did not, in general, take exception to the match. At 21, Frances was the youngest first-lady ever-this would not have gone over well in today’s society

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

1925 – Because of a lineup revision by Miller Huggins, Wally Pipp is replaced by Lou Gehrig at first base for the New York Yankees, beginning a streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, topped only by Cal Ripken, Jr. in 1995. Exactly 16 years later to the day, in 1941, Gehrig dies from Amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

2010 – Derrick Bird went on a killing spree in Cumbria, killing 13 and injuring 11, see Cumbria shootings


1806-1833 – Simon Byrne, Irish bare-knuckle prize fighter, killed a man in a bout, put on trial, acquitted and died of tuberculosis as a poor man

1903-1941 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player, NY Yankee great who won six World Series Championships, 2 MVP’s and played 2130 consecutive games,  unanimous Baseball Hall of Fame member who died at an early age from ALS

1904-1948 – Karl Brandt, personal physician of Adolf Hitler- was a German Naziwar criminal. Among other positions, Brandt headed the administration of the Nazi euthanasia program from 1939 onwards and was tried and executed for his crimes

1897-1948 – Karl Gebhardt was a German doctor, After the war, Gebhardt stood trial in the Doctors’ Trial together with 22 other doctors before a U.S. military tribunal, where he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced to death on 20 August 1947. He was hanged on 2 June 1948, in Landsberg prison in Bavaria

1886-1956 –Jean Hersholt was a Danish-born actor who lived in the United States, where he was a leading film and radio talent, best known for his 17 years starring on radio in Dr. Christian and for playing Shirley Temple’s grandfather in Heidi

1889-1961 – George S. Kaufman was an American playwright, theatre director and producer, humorist, and drama critic. In addition to comedies and political satire, he wrote several musicals, notably for the Marx Brothers. One play and one musical that he wrote won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama: You Can’t Take it With You

1931-1977 – Stephen Boyd was an American actor, originally from Glengormley, Northern Ireland, who appeared in around sixty films, most notably in the role of Messala in the 1959 film Ben-Hur, died from Heart-attack at 45

1934-1979 -Jim Huttonwas an American actor in film and television probably best remembered for his role as Ellery Queen in the 1970s TV series, he died from liver cancer

1913-1993 – Johnny Mize was a Hall of Fame first-baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and New York Yankees who won five World Series Championships

1956-1996 – Ray Combs, American game show host of Family Feud and comedian who hanged himself

1918-2003 – Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler

1951-2006 – Vince Welnick, musician, keyboardist (The Grateful Dead)

1928-2008 – Bo Diddley, American musician

1931-2009 – David Eddings, American best-selling fantasy writer

2010-Twelve people murdered in the Cumbria Shootings by Derrick Bird who is victim number 13 at his own hands

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing





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