Monday, June 2, 2008

On June 2

On this day in ...
... 1953 (55 years ago today), Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey, London, England. Approximately 3 million people lined the streets to catch glimpses of the ceremony in person, while millions more watched in the 1st-ever coronation to be televised live. The New York Times gushed:
[F]or all her glorification she is first of all a wife and mother of two charming children.

Elizabeth had become queen a year earlier, at age 26, upon the death of her father, but the ritual took an additional year to plan.
... 1998 (10 years ago today), "Californians decisively rejected bilingual education" when they "approv[ed] a mandate for English-only instruction known as Proposition 227," by a vote of "61 to 39%." (credit for image by Margaret Scott)

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