June 2 Holidays, Events & Observances

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June 2 holidays, events, national day around the world. These are June 2 holidays, festivals, celebrations, observances, events; June 2 national days, food days, fun days and celebrations on June 2.

June 2 holidays and observances
June 2 Holidays and Observances

Welcome, as we take you through special holidays in June, international holidays in June 2, national days in June 2. Some major June 2 national day and International holidays list in June calendar.

Our planet is brimming with diversity and cultures that are rich in folklore and traditions. Holidays are a great way to learn about our neighbors and expand our own universe.

Meanwhile, there are literally thousands of holidays and special days throughout the world. And here on Big Holiday, you can find a large variety of these popular, cultural, religious, and offbeat holidays.

Explore June 2 holidays, festivals, and observances celebrated around the world and more happenings worth remembering, from our comprehensive list of June 2 national days or public holidays with dates and information on the origin and meaning of holidays.

We have compiled the long list of observances on June 2, notable events, national days in June 2, federal to regional holidays from all over the world. Also included are possible special bank holidays which falls on June 2 globally.

Month of June

June is a summer month in the northern half of the world, and a winter month in the southern half. It is named after Juno, the goddess of youth.

Identified as a counterpart to the Greek Hera, Juno was an important and powerful ancient Italian deity who became the protector of Rome, wife of Jupiter, queen of gods, and goddess of marriage, childbirth, and fertility.

According to tradition, the birthstones for June are pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone, all representing health and longevity. The June birth flowers are the rose (Rosa) and the honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium).

Holidays in June

The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. It can exclusively be refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves. While the word june refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed.

The concept of holidays is also often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.

June has its share of celebrations and holidays. As you probably know, it’s the month we honor the fathers in our lives with Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June (June 20, 2021) and commemorate the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans on Juneteenth (June 19). The month of June is Pride Month, a month-long observance in celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people—and the history, culture, and contributions of these people and their communities.

June 2 holidays and observances
June 2 Holidays and Observances

June 2 Holidays, National Day

June 2 is the 153rd day of the year (154th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 212 days remain until the end of the year.

Events

Pre-1600

  • 455 – Sack of Rome: Vandals enter Rome, and plunder the city for two weeks.
  • 1098 – First Crusade: The first Siege of Antioch ends as Crusader forces take the city; the second siege began five days later.

1601–1900

  • 1615 – The first Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France.
  • 1676 – Franco-Dutch War: France ensured the supremacy of its naval fleet for the remainder of the war with its victory in the Battle of Palermo.
  • 1692 – Bridget Bishop is the first person to be tried for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts; she was found guilty and later hanged.
  • 1763 – Pontiac’s Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison’s attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.
  • 1774 – Intolerable Acts: The Quartering Act is enacted, allowing a governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters are not provided.
  • 1780 – Gordon Riots anti Catholic riots in London resulting in an estimated 300-700 deaths.
  • 1793 – French Revolution: François Hanriot, leader of the Parisian National Guard, arrests 22 Girondists selected by Jean-Paul Marat, setting the stage for the Reign of Terror.
  • 1805 – Napoleonic Wars: A Franco-Spanish fleet recaptures Diamond Rock, an uninhabited island at the entrance to the bay leading to Fort-de-France, from the British.
  • 1835 – P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States.
  • 1848 – The Slavic congress in Prague begins.
  • 1866 – The Fenians defeat Canadian forces at Ridgeway and Fort Erie, but the raids end soon after.
  • 1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his wireless telegraph.

1901–present

  • 1909 – Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
  • 1910 – Charles Rolls, a co-founder of Rolls-Royce Limited, becomes the first man to make a non-stop double crossing of the English Channel by plane.
  • 1919 – Anarchists simultaneously set off bombs in eight separate U.S. cities.
  • 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.
  • 1941 – World War II: German paratroopers murder Greek civilians in the villages of Kondomari and Alikianos.
  • 1946 – Birth of the Italian Republic: In a referendum, Italians vote to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic. After the referendum, King Umberto II of Italy is exiled.
  • 1953 – The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey becomes the first British coronation and one of the first major international events to be televised.
  • 1955 – The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations between the two countries, discontinued since 1948.
  • 1962 – During the FIFA World Cup, police had to intervene multiple times in fights between Chilean and Italian players in one of the most violent games in football history.
  • 1964 – The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) is formed.
  • 1966 – Surveyor program: Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft-land on another world.
  • 1967 – Luis Monge is executed in Colorado’s gas chamber, in the last pre-Furman execution in the United States.
  • 1967 – Protests in West Berlin against the arrival of the Shah of Iran are brutally suppressed, during which Benno Ohnesorg is killed by a police officer. His death results in the founding of the terrorist group Movement 2 June.
  • 1979 – Pope John Paul II starts his first official visit to his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country.
  • 1983 – After an emergency landing because of an in-flight fire, twenty-three passengers aboard Air Canada Flight 797 are killed when a flashover occurs as the plane’s doors open. Because of this incident, numerous new safety regulations are put in place.
  • 1990 – The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawns 66 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12.
  • 1997 – In Denver, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, in which 168 people died. He was executed four years later.
  • 2003 – Europe launches its first voyage to another planet, Mars. The European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe launches from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.
  • 2012 – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
  • 2014 – Telangana officially becomes the 29th state of India, formed from ten districts of northwestern Andhra Pradesh.
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Birthdays

Pre-1600

  • 1305 – Abu Sa’id Bahadur Khan, ruler of Ilkhanate (d. 1335)
  • 1423 – Ferdinand I of Naples (d. 1494)
  • 1489 – Charles, Duke of Vendôme (d. 1537)
  • 1535 – Pope Leo XI (d. 1605)

1601–1900

  • 1602 – Rudolf Christian, Count of East Frisia, Ruler of East Frisia (d. 1628)
  • 1621 – Rutger von Ascheberg, Courland-born soldier in Swedish service (d. 1693)
  • 1621 – (baptized) Isaac van Ostade, Dutch painter (d. 1649)
  • 1638 – Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon (d. 1709)
  • 1644 – William Salmon, English medical writer (d. 1713)
  • 1739 – Jabez Bowen, American colonel and politician, 45th Deputy Governor of Rhode Island (d. 1815)
  • 1740 – Marquis de Sade, French philosopher and politician (d. 1814)
  • 1743 – Alessandro Cagliostro, Italian occultist and explorer (d. 1795)
  • 1773 – John Randolph of Roanoke, American planter and politician, 8th United States Ambassador to Russia (d. 1833)
  • 1774 – William Lawson, English-Australian explorer and politician (d. 1850)
  • 1813 – Daniel Pollen, Irish-New Zealand politician, 9th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1896)
  • 1823 – Gédéon Ouimet, Canadian lawyer and politician, 2nd Premier of Quebec (d. 1905)
  • 1835 – Pope Pius X (d. 1914)
  • 1838 – Duchess Alexandra Petrovna of Oldenburg (d. 1900)
  • 1840 – Thomas Hardy, English novelist and poet (d. 1928)
  • 1840 – Émile Munier, French artist (d. 1895)
  • 1857 – Edward Elgar, English composer and educator (d. 1934)
  • 1857 – Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1919)
  • 1861 – Concordia Selander, Swedish actress and manager (d. 1935)
  • 1863 – Felix Weingartner, Croatian-Austrian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1942)
  • 1865 – George Lohmann, English cricketer (d. 1901)
  • 1865 – Adelaide Casely-Hayford, Sierra Leone Creole advocate and activist for cultural nationalism (d. 1960)
  • 1866 – Jack O’Connor, American baseball player and manager (d. 1937)
  • 1875 – Charles Stewart Mott, American businessman and politician, 50th Mayor of Flint, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • 1878 – Wallace Hartley, English violinist and bandleader (d. 1912)
  • 1881 – Walter Egan, American golfer (d. 1971)
  • 1891 – Thurman Arnold, American lawyer and judge (d. 1969)
  • 1891 – Takijirō Ōnishi, Japanese admiral and pilot (d. 1945)
  • 1899 – Lotte Reiniger, German animator and director (d. 1981)
  • 1899 – Edwin Way Teale, American environmentalist and photographer (d. 1980)

1901–present

  • 1904 – Frank Runacres, English painter and educator (d. 1974)
  • 1904 – Johnny Weissmuller, Hungarian-American swimmer and actor (d. 1984)
  • 1907 – Dorothy West, American journalist and author (d. 1998)
  • 1907 – John Lehmann, English poet and publisher (d. 1987)
  • 1910 – Hector Dyer, American sprinter (d. 1990)
  • 1911 – Joe McCluskey, American runner (d. 2002)
  • 1913 – Barbara Pym, English author (d. 1980)
  • 1913 – Elsie Tu, English-Hong Kong educator and politician (d. 2015)
  • 1915 – Alexandru Nicolschi, Romanian spy (d. 1992)
  • 1917 – Heinz Sielmann, German photographer and director (d. 2006)
  • 1918 – Ruth Atkinson, Canadian-American illustrator (d. 1997)
  • 1918 – Kathryn Tucker Windham, American journalist and author (d. 2011)
  • 1920 – Frank G. Clement, American lawyer and politician, 41st Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969)
  • 1920 – Yolande Donlan, American-English actress (d. 2014)
  • 1920 – Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Polish-German author and critic (d. 2013)
  • 1920 – Tex Schramm, American businessman (d. 2003)
  • 1920 – Johnny Speight, English screenwriter and producer (d. 1998)
  • 1921 – Betty Freeman, American photographer and philanthropist (d. 2009)
  • 1921 – Ernie Royal, American trumpet player (d. 1983)
  • 1921 – Sigmund Sternberg, Hungarian-English businessman and philanthropist (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – András Szennay, Hungarian priest (d. 2012)
  • 1922 – Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (d. 2002)
  • 1922 – Carmen Silvera, Canadian-English actress (d. 2002)
  • 1923 – Lloyd Shapley, American mathematician and economist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2016)
  • 1924 – June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author, and activist (d. 2007)
  • 1926 – Chiyonoyama Masanobu, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 41st Yokozuna (d. 1977)
  • 1926 – Milo O’Shea, Irish-American actor (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – W. Watts Biggers, American author, screenwriter, and animator (d. 2013)
  • 1927 – Colin Brittan, English footballer (d. 2013)
  • 1928 – Erzsi Kovács, Hungarian singer (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Rafael A. Lecuona, Cuban-American gymnast and academic (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Ron Reynolds, English footballer (d. 1999)
  • 1929 – Norton Juster, American architect, author, and academic (d. 2021)
  • 1929 – Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (d. 2007)
  • 1930 – Pete Conrad, American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1999)
  • 1933 – Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1933 – Lew “Sneaky Pete” Robinson, drag racer (d. 1971)
  • 1934 – Johnny Carter, American singer (d. 2009)
  • 1935 – Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist and short story writer (d. 2003)
  • 1935 – Dimitri Kitsikis, Greek poet and educator
  • 1936 – Volodymyr Holubnychy, Ukrainian race walker (d. 2021)
  • 1937 – Rosalyn Higgins, English lawyer and judge
  • 1937 – Sally Kellerman, American actress
  • 1937 – Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (d. 2012)
  • 1937 – Robert Paul, Canadian figure skater and choreographer
  • 1937 – Deric Washburn, American screenwriter and playwright
  • 1938 – Kevin Brownlow, English historian and author
  • 1938 – George William Penrose, Lord Penrose, Scottish lawyer and judge
  • 1939 – Charles Miller, American musician (d. 1980)
  • 1939 – John Schlee, American golfer (d. 2000)
  • 1940 – Constantine II of Greece
  • 1941 – Ünal Aysal, Turkish businessman
  • 1941 – Stacy Keach, American actor
  • 1941 – Lou Nanne, Canadian-American ice hockey player and manager
  • 1941 – Charlie Watts, English drummer, songwriter, and producer (d. 2021)
  • 1942 – Mike Ahern, Australian politician, 32nd Premier of Queensland
  • 1943 – Charles Haid, American actor and director
  • 1943 – Crescenzio Sepe, Italian cardinal
  • 1944 – Robert Elliott, American actor (d. 2004)
  • 1944 – Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (d. 2012)
  • 1945 – Richard Long, English painter, sculptor, and photographer
  • 1945 – Bonnie Newman, American businesswoman and politician
  • 1946 – Lasse Hallström, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1946 – Peter Sutcliffe, English serial killer (d. 2020)
  • 1948 – Jerry Mathers, American actor
  • 1949 – Heather Couper, English astronomer and physicist (d. 2020)
  • 1949 – Frank Rich, American journalist and critic
  • 1950 – Joanna Gleason, Canadian actress and singer
  • 1950 – Momčilo Vukotić, Serbian footballer and manager
  • 1951 – Gilbert Baker, American artist, gay rights activist, and designer of the rainbow flag (d. 2017)
  • 1951 – Arnold Mühren, Dutch footballer and manager
  • 1951 – Larry Robinson, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1951 – Alexander Wylie, Lord Kinclaven, Scottish lawyer, judge, and educator
  • 1952 – Gary Bettman, American commissioner of the National Hockey League
  • 1953 – Vidar Johansen, Norwegian saxophonist
  • 1953 – Craig Stadler, American golfer
  • 1953 – Cornel West, American philosopher, author, and academic
  • 1954 – Dennis Haysbert, American actor and producer
  • 1955 – Dana Carvey, American comedian and actor
  • 1955 – Nandan Nilekani, Indian businessman, co-founded Infosys
  • 1955 – Mani Ratnam, Indian director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1955 – Michael Steele, American singer-songwriter and bass player
  • 1956 – Jan Lammers, Dutch race car driver
  • 1957 – Mark Lawrenson, English footballer and manager
  • 1958 – Lex Luger, American wrestler and football player
  • 1959 – Rineke Dijkstra, Dutch photographer
  • 1959 – Lydia Lunch, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1959 – Erwin Olaf, Dutch photographer
  • 1960 – Olga Bondarenko, Russian runner
  • 1960 – Tony Hadley, English singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1960 – Kyle Petty, American race car driver and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Dez Cadena, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1962 – Mark Plaatjes, South African-American runner and coach
  • 1963 – Anand Abhyankar, Indian actor (d. 2012)
  • 1964 – Caroline Link, German director and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Russ Courtnall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1965 – Mark Waugh, Australian cricketer and journalist
  • 1965 – Steve Waugh, Australian cricketer
  • 1966 – Dayana Cadeau, Haitian born Canadian-American professional bodybuilder
  • 1966 – Candace Gingrich, American activist
  • 1966 – Pedro Guerra, Spanish singer-songwriter
  • 1966 – Petra van Staveren, Dutch swimmer
  • 1967 – Remigija Nazarovienė, Lithuanian heptathlete and coach
  • 1967 – Mike Stanton, American baseball player
  • 1968 – Merril Bainbridge, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1968 – Andy Cohen, American television host
  • 1968 – Lester Green, American comedian, and actor
  • 1969 – Kurt Abbott, American baseball player
  • 1969 – Paulo Sérgio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1969 – David Wheaton, American tennis player, radio host, and author
  • 1970 – B Real, American rapper and actor
  • 1971 – Kateřina Jacques, Czech translator and politician
  • 1972 – Wayne Brady, American actor, comedian, game show host, and singer
  • 1972 – Raúl Ibañez, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Wentworth Miller, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1973 – Marko Kristal, Estonian footballer and manager
  • 1973 – Neifi Pérez, Dominican-American baseball player
  • 1974 – Gata Kamsky, Russian-American chess player
  • 1974 – Matt Serra, American mixed martial artist
  • 1975 – Salvatore Scibona, American author
  • 1976 – Earl Boykins, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Martin Čech, Czech ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • 1976 – Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Brazilian mixed martial artist and boxer
  • 1976 – Tim Rice-Oxley, English singer-songwriter and keyboard player
  • 1977 – Teet Allas, Estonian footballer
  • 1977 – A.J. Styles, American wrestler
  • 1977 – Zachary Quinto, American actor and producer
  • 1978 – Dominic Cooper, English actor
  • 1978 – Nikki Cox, American actress
  • 1978 – Yi So-yeon, biotechnologist and astronaut, the first Korean in space
  • 1978 – Justin Long, American actor
  • 1979 – Morena Baccarin, Brazilian-American actress
  • 1979 – Butterfly Boucher, Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
  • 1980 – Fabrizio Moretti, Brazilian-American drummer
  • 1980 – Bobby Simmons, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Richard Skuse, English rugby player
  • 1980 – Abby Wambach, American soccer player and coach
  • 1980 – Tomasz Wróblewski, Polish bass player and songwriter
  • 1981 – Nikolay Davydenko, Russian tennis player
  • 1981 – Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
  • 1982 – Jewel Staite, Canadian actress
  • 1983 – Chris Higgins, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 – Toni Livers, Swiss skier
  • 1983 – Brooke White, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1984 – Jack Afamasaga, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1984 – Max Boyer, Canadian wrestler
  • 1984 – Feleti Mateo, Australian-Tongan rugby league player
  • 1985 – Miyuki Sawashiro, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1986 – Todd Carney, Australian rugby league player
  • 1987 – Maryka Holtzhausen, South African netball player
  • 1987 – Yoann Huget, French rugby player
  • 1987 – Matthew Koma, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1987 – Angelo Mathews, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1987 – Sonakshi Sinha, Indian actress
  • 1988 – Staniliya Stamenova, Bulgarian canoeist
  • 1989 – Steve Smith, Australian cricketer
  • 1992 – Pajtim Kasami, Swiss footballer
  • 1993 – Adam Taggart, Australian footballer
  • 1999 – Campbell Graham, Australian rugby league player
  • 2002 – Madison Hu, American actress
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Deaths

Pre-1600

  • 657 – Pope Eugene I
  • 891 – Al-Muwaffaq, Abbasid general (b. 842)
  • 910 – Richilde of Provence (b. 845)
  • 1200 – Bishop John of Oxford
  • 1258 – Peter I, Count of Urgell
  • 1292 – Rhys ap Maredudd, Welsh nobleman and rebel leader
  • 1418 – Katherine of Lancaster, queen of Henry III of Castile
  • 1453 – Álvaro de Luna, Duke of Trujillo, Constable of Castile
  • 1567 – Shane O’Neill, head of the O’Neill dynasty in Ireland (b. 1530)
  • 1572 – Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk (b. 1536)
  • 1581 – James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, Scottish soldier and politician, Lord Chancellor of Scotland (b. 1525)

1601–1900

  • 1603 – Bernard of Wąbrzeźno, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1575)
  • 1693 – John Wildman, English soldier and politician, Postmaster General of the United Kingdom (b. 1621)
  • 1701 – Madeleine de Scudéry, French author (b. 1607)
  • 1716 – Ogata Kōrin, Japanese painter and educator (b. 1658)
  • 1754 – Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish minister and theologian (b. 1680)
  • 1761 – Jonas Alströmer, Swedish businessman (b. 1685)
  • 1785 – Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician and academic (b. 1713)
  • 1806 – William Tate, English painter (b. 1747)
  • 1853 – Henry Trevor, 21st Baron Dacre, English general (b. 1777)
  • 1865 – Ner Middleswarth, American judge and politician (b. 1783)
  • 1875 – Józef Kremer, Polish psychologist, historian, and philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1881 – Émile Littré, French lexicographer and philosopher (b. 1801)
  • 1882 – Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian general and politician (b. 1807)

1901–present

  • 1901 – George Leslie Mackay, Canadian missionary and author (b. 1844)
  • 1927 – Hüseyin Avni Lifij, Turkish painter (b. 1886)
  • 1929 – Enrique Gorostieta, Mexican general (b. 1889)
  • 1933 – Frank Jarvis, American runner and triple jumper (b. 1878)
  • 1937 – Louis Vierne, French organist and composer (b. 1870)
  • 1941 – Lou Gehrig, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • 1942 – Bunny Berigan, American singer and trumpet player (b. 1908)
  • 1947 – John Gretton, 1st Baron Gretton, English sailor and politician (b. 1867)
  • 1948 – Viktor Brack, German physician (b. 1904)
  • 1948 – Karl Brandt, German SS officer (b. 1904)
  • 1948 – Karl Gebhardt, German physician (b. 1897)
  • 1948 – Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • 1948 – Wolfram Sievers, German SS officer (b. 1905)
  • 1952 – Naum Torbov, Bulgarian architect, designed the Central Sofia Market Hall (b. 1880)
  • 1956 – Jean Hersholt, Danish-American actor and director (b. 1886)
  • 1959 – Lyda Borelli, Italian actress (b. 1884)
  • 1961 – George S. Kaufman, American director, producer, and playwright (b. 1889)
  • 1962 – Vita Sackville-West, English author and poet (b. 1892)
  • 1967 – Benno Ohnesorg, German student and activist (b. 1940)
  • 1968 – André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • 1969 – Leo Gorcey, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 1970 – Orhan Kemal, Turkish author (b. 1914)
  • 1970 – Albert Lamorisse, French director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1970 – Bruce McLaren, New Zealand race car driver and engineer, founded the McLaren racing team (b. 1937)
  • 1970 – Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian soldier, journalist, and academic (b. 1888)
  • 1974 – Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese race car driver (b. 1949)
  • 1976 – Kenneth Mason, English soldier and geographer (b. 1887)
  • 1976 – Juan José Torres, Bolivian general and politician, 61st President of Bolivia (b. 1920)
  • 1977 – Albert Bittlmayer, German footballer (b. 1952)
  • 1977 – Stephen Boyd, Northern Irish-born American actor (b. 1931)
  • 1978 – Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Spanish footballer and coach (b. 1895)
  • 1979 – Jim Hutton, American actor (b. 1934)
  • 1982 – Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani lawyer and politician, 5th President of Pakistan (b. 1904)
  • 1983 – Stan Rogers, Canadian singer-songwriter (b. 1949)
  • 1983 – Ray Stehr, Australian rugby league player and coach (b. 1913)
  • 1986 – Aurèle Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1901)
  • 1987 – Anthony de Mello, Indian-American priest and psychotherapist (b. 1931)
  • 1987 – Sammy Kaye, American bandleader and songwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1987 – Andrés Segovia, Spanish guitarist (b. 1893)
  • 1988 – Raj Kapoor, Indian actor, director, and producer (b. 1924)
  • 1989 – Ted a’Beckett, Australian cricketer and footballer (b. 1907)
  • 1990 – Rex Harrison, English actor (b. 1908)
  • 1991 – Ahmed Arif, Turkish poet and author (b. 1927)
  • 1992 – Philip Dunne, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1993 – Johnny Mize, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster (b. 1913)
  • 1993 – Tahar Djaout, Algerian journalist, writer and poet (b. 1954)
  • 1994 – David Stove, Australian philosopher, author, and academic (b. 1927)
  • 1996 – John Alton, Hungarian-American cinematographer and director (b. 1901)
  • 1996 – Leon Garfield, English author (b. 1921)
  • 1996 – Ray Combs, American game show host (b. 1956)
  • 1997 – Doc Cheatham, American trumpet player, singer, and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • 1997 – Helen Jacobs, American tennis champion (b. 1908)
  • 1999 – Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican singer (b. 1949)
  • 2000 – Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist, academic, and politician (b. 1927)
  • 2000 – John Schlee, American golfer (b. 1939)
  • 2000 – Gerald James Whitrow, English mathematician, cosmologist, and historian (b. 1912)
  • 2001 – Imogene Coca, American actress and comedian (b. 1908)
  • 2001 – Joey Maxim, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 2002 – Hugo van Lawick, Dutch director and photographer (b. 1937)
  • 2003 – Freddie Blassie, American wrestler and manager (b. 1918)
  • 2003 – Alma Ricard, Canadian broadcaster and philanthropist (b. 1906)
  • 2005 – Lucien Cliche, Canadian lawyer and politician (b. 1916)
  • 2005 – Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian skier (b. 1930)
  • 2005 – Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and educator (b. 1950)
  • 2005 – Melita Norwood, English civil servant and spy (b. 1912)
  • 2006 – Keith Smith, English rugby player and coach (b. 1952)
  • 2007 – Kentarō Haneda, Japanese pianist and composer (b. 1949)
  • 2007 – Huang Ju, Chinese engineer and politician, 1st Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China (b. 1938)
  • 2008 – Bo Diddley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1928)
  • 2008 – Mel Ferrer, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 2008 – Cevher Özden, Turkish banker and businessman (b. 1933)
  • 2009 – David Eddings, American author (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Avraham Botzer, Polish-Israeli commander (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Adolfo Calero, Nicaraguan businessman and political activist (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Richard Dawson, English-American soldier, actor, television personality, and game show host (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – LeRoy Ellis, American basketball player (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – Kathryn Joosten, American actress (b. 1939)
  • 2012 – Jan Gmelich Meijling, Dutch commander and politician (b. 1943)
  • 2013 – Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Chen Xitong, Chinese politician, 8th Mayor of Beijing (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Mandawuy Yunupingu, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1956)
  • 2014 – Ivica Brzić, Serbian footballer and manager (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Anjan Das, Indian director and producer (b. 1951)
  • 2014 – Gennadi Gusarov, Russian footballer and manager (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Nikolay Khrenkov, Russian bobsledder (b. 1984)
  • 2014 – Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, Indian cardinal (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Kuaima Riruako, Namibian politician (b. 1935)
  • 2014 – Alexander Shulgin, American pharmacologist and chemist (b. 1925)
  • 2015 – Fernando de Araújo, East Timorese politician, President of East Timor (b. 1963)
  • 2015 – Irwin Rose, American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1926)
  • 2017 – Peter Sallis, English actor (b. 1921)
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Holidays and observances

  • Children’s Day (North Korea)
  • Christian feast day:
    • Ahudemmeh (Syriac Orthodox Church).
    • Alexander (martyr)
    • Elmo
    • Felix of Nicosia
    • Marcellinus and Peter
    • Martyrs of Lyon, including Blandina
    • Pope Eugene I
    • Pothinus
    • June 2 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Civil Aviation Day (Azerbaijan)
  • Coronation of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, also Social Forestry Day (Bhutan)
  • Day of Hristo Botev (Bulgaria)
  • Decoration Day (Canada)
  • Festa della Repubblica (Italy)
  • International Sex Workers Day
  • Telangana Day (Telangana, India)
  • The New York Times: On This Day

June 2 National Days, the conclusion

Here, we strive to thoroughly research and report details of each one as accurately as possible.

This calendar for the national days of June (June 2 in particular) gives a quick look at the day of the month to find out what food, drink or topic June 2 day celebrates.

Every day of the month is like a new chapter in a book that you haven’t read before. Use this handy list to help plan for the month ahead for your favorite national day.

Check out more June events, June holidays, events and observances. or by checking any date from the calendar below.

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