On this day in history, Babe Ruth retires

June 2nd

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 11:29am

1774 - The Quartering Act, which required American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, was reenacted.

1851 – Maine became the first U.S. state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.

1883 - The first baseball game under electric lights was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1886 - Grover Cleveland became the second U.S. president to get married while in office. He was the first to have a wedding in the White House.

1924 - All American Indians were granted U.S. citizenship by the U.S. Congress.

1930 - Mrs. M. Niezes of Panama gave birth to the first baby to be born on a ship while passing through the Panama Canal.

1935 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth announced that he was retiring from baseball.

1941 - Lou Gehrig died in New York of the degenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

1953 - Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey.

1954 – U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that there were communists working in the CIA and atomic weapons plants.

1966 - Surveyor 1, the U.S. space probe, landed on the moon and started sending photographs back to Earth of the Moon's surface. It was the first soft landing on the Moon.

1997 - Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in which 168 people were killed.
 

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