This Weekend In History…

Presidential Marriage…..

June 2, 1886…..

U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Miss Frances Folsom in the White House. At 21 years old, she is the youngest U.S. first lady. Cleveland was 49 years old. He was the second U.S. president to wed while in office and the only president married in the White House.
Their first child Ruth Cleveland was born between his terms as U.S. President and became an instant media sensation known popularly as “Baby Ruth”. In 1921, seventeen years after her death, the Curtiss Candy Company renamed their Kandy Kake (1900–1920) candy bar “Baby Ruth” in honor of her. Coincidently, the famous baseball play Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth) had hit 54 home runs the year before and had been the home run leader since 1918. Had they named it “Babe Ruth”, they probably would have had to compensate him.

First American to Walk in Space…..

June 3, 1965…..

Edward White goes for walk outside of Gemini 4. His walk lasted for 23 minutes. He died the in the 1967 Apollo 1 disaster, making him and the crew the first American astronauts to die in a spacecraft.

World War II – Battle of Midway…..

June 4, 1942…..

The Battle of Midway begins. It would be Japan’s first major defeat of the war. The United States scored a major defeat against the attacking Japanese fleet near Midway Atoll, inflicting severe damage to the Japanese. All four of Japan’s large aircraft carriers and a heavy cruiser were sunk, while the U.S. lost only the carrier USS Yorktown and a destroyer. This is considered a major turning point in the war.