2 June It Happened Today

1740  Birth of the French writer  Marquis de Sade.

1780  The first ever Derby horse race is run at Epsom Downs in Surrey, England.

1840  Birth of English writer Thomas Hardy.

1882  Death of Italian leader Giuseppe Garibaldi.

1987  Lindy Chamberlain, the Australian mother convicted of murdering her baby in the famous “dingo murder” case, receives an official pardon.

1990  Death of English actor Rex  Harrison.

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