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History's Happenings for June 2

First Presidential Marriage
1886

President Grover Cleveland

On June 2, 1886, 49-year-old President Grover Cleveland became the first sitting Chief Executive to marry in the White House, when he wedded Frances Folsom, daughter of a former law partner.

The couple went on to have three daughters and two sons.

Cleveland was voted out of office in 1888 in a tight contest centering around Tariff policy, even though he received 100,000 more popular votes than his successor, Benjamin Harrison. Such are the necessary vagaries of the Electoral College system.

Cleveland turned the tables in 1892, decisively defeating Harrison and achieving another first as the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms.

Marconi Gains Radio Patent
1896

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Congress Grants Citizenship to Indians
1924

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Battle of Warsaw Ghetto Ends
1943

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Queen Elizabeth II Crowned
1953

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain

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