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This weekend in history

Saturday, June 02, 2012 - Updated: 10:29 PM

The Associated Press

Saturday, June 2, is the 154th day of 2012. Sunday, June 3, is the 155th day, leaving 211 days in the year.

Saturday's Highlight:

On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, 16 months after the death of her father, King George VI; it was the first such ceremony to be televised.

Sunday's Highlight:

On June 3, 1937, Edward, The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the British throne, married Wallis Warfield Simpson in a private ceremony in Monts, France.

This weekend:

In 1888, the poem "Casey at the Bat," by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner.

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 1941, baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, died in New York of a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; he was 37.

In 1961, during a state visit to France, President John F. Kennedy, noting the warm reception his wife was receiving, jocularly described himself as "the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it."

In 1962, Air France Flight 007, a U.S.-bound Boeing 707, crashed while attempting to take off from Orly Airport near Paris; all but two of the 132 people aboard were killed.

In 1963, Pope John XXIII died at age 81; he was succeeded by Pope Paul VI.

In 1965, astronaut Edward White became the first American to "walk" in space during the flight of Gemini 4.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.

In 1989, Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died.

In 1992, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show," where he played "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone.

In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and conspiracy in the Oklahoma City bombing. (He was executed in June 2001.)

Saturday's Birthdays: Sally Kellerman is 75. Stacy Keach is 71. Charlie Watts is 71. Marvin Hamlisch is 68. Jerry Mathers is 64. Joanna Gleason is 62. Dennis Haysbert is 58. Dana Carvey is 57. Zachary Quinto is 35. Morena Baccarin is 33.

Sunday's Birthdays: Chuck Barris is 83. Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople) is 73. Suzi Quatro is 62. Deneice Williams is 61. Scott Valentine is 54. Anderson Cooper is 45. Rafael Nadal is 26.

     

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