Historical Political Events for June 2

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Year Event
0455 Gaiseric and the Vandals sacked Rome. (From The Encyclopedia of World History, Stearns, 2001)
1774 Britain passes the fourth of the "Intolerable Acts", the requirement that the people must house soldiers upon request, which added further motivation to move on to the American Revolution.
1780 The Gordon Riots: Religious riots, 290 killed.
1851 Maine became the first state to enact a law prohibiting alcohol.
1924 Congress passes Snyder Act, which granted US citizenship (8 U.S.C. §1401) to all American Indians.
1941 Anti-Jewish pogrom (Farhud) in Baghdad, June 1 and 2. Soldiers, paramilitary youth gangs, and crowds of citizens went rampaging through Jewish neighborhoods and business districts. 179 Jews killed, 586 businesses looted, and 911 buildings housing more than 12,000 people pillaged.
1949 The British parliament passes the Ireland Bill, which recognizes Ireland's independence but declares the special relationship of Irish citizens to the United Kingdom and reaffirms the position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom. (From The Encarta® 2000 New World Timeline © Copyright 1998, Helicon Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.)
1992 US extends Most-Favored-Nation status to China.
2000 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (announced in the CBD): From the Defense Threat Reduction Agency: "AUTOMATED INVENTORY CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN RUSSIA CNT DTRA01-00-C-0021", AMT $14,211,367 TO Black and Veatch International Company, 8400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri, 64114". [Just trying to keep peace in the world.]
2009 General Motors, the US's biggest carmaker, files for bankruptcy, the biggest manufacturing collapse in US history. Obama's restructuring plan will see the US government owning 60%.
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Quote of
the Day
Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.
    — Saul David Alinsky
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