March 2 Events in History - March 2 Birthdays - March 2 Deaths



2014 The 86th Academy Awards is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave,' and 'Dallas Buyers Club' win the most awards. The broadcast received the highest views of any Oscars ceremony since the year 2000
2014 Kevin Harvick wins The Profit on CNBC 500 in Arizona, placing him in 4th position in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
2013 New findings from the University of Leicester indicate decreasing sitting time by 90 each day can result in major heath advantages, such as reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes
2013 Anchorage, Alaska begins the 1,000 mile, 2013 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; winners receive a new truck and $50,400 in prize money
2012 The United States space agency NASA reveals it had its security compromised by hackers 13 times in the past year
2012 Marysville, Indiana and Henryville, Indiana experience widespread damage from tornadoes that hit the midwestern and southern United States
2011 In his book 'Jesus of Nazareth Part II', Pope Benedict XVI exonerates the Jewish people for the responsibility of the death of Jesus
2011 In the United Kingdom, the British Armed Forces announce plans to eliminate 11,000 jobs
2010 The widow of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, Agathe Habyarimana, is arrested in France - accused of helping plan the 1994 genocide
2009 Joao Bernardo Vierira, President of Guinea-Bissau is assassinated during an armed attack on his residence in Bissau
1997 Gail Graham wins LPGA Alpine Australian Ladies Masters
1997 Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open
1997 Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple Computer
1997 Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)
1996 Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator
1996 Tendulkar scores 137 for Ind vs. SL in Cricket World Cup, but still lose
1995 "Smokey Joe's Cafe," opens at Virginia Theater New York City
1995 British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC
1995 Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed
1995 Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches
1994 Miami begins a latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan
1994 William Huston Natcher, Representative-D-Kentucky, casts his 18,401 and last consecutive vote
1994 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcasted, it is, but he doesn't
1993 Claudette Colbert, suffers a stroke at 89
1993 Salman Rushdie divorces Marianne Wiggins
1992 Anita Hall swims female world record 200m freestyle (2:25.35)
1991 "Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 377 performances
1991 "La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City after 24 performances
1991 Deb Richard wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
1991 Del Ballard, Jr. throws most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history
1991 North Carolina State Chris Corchiani becomes 1st NCAAer to get 1,000 assists
1991 U.N. votes in favor of U.S. resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
1990 Greyhound Bus goes on strike
1990 Mark Tewsksbury swims world record 50m backstroke (25.06 sec)
1989 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
1989 Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
1989 Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial
1989 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers win 22nd straight home game
1989 New York Met Darryl Strawberry swings at teammate Keith Hernandez
1988 30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley
1988 Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
1986 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita
1986 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational
1986 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to U.S.
1985 U.S. approves screening test for AIDS
1984 Iran offensive against Iraq fails
1984 John Long (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
1983 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips and Sony introduced
1983 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
1982 60th hat trick in Islander history - Bryan Trottier
1982 Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
1981 Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
1981 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington D.C.
1980 3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts
1980 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
1980 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
1978 1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV
1978 Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
1977 1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show with host Johnny Carson
1977 Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive Life Achievement Award
1977 Libya amends constitution
1976 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 766 performances
1976 Bob Lurie becomes CEO of San Francisco Giants
1976 Holgate, Kemp and Lopez' musical premieres in New York City
1976 Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest
1974 16th Grammy Awards: Killing Me Softly, Bette Midler wins
1974 1st class postage raised to 10 cents from 8 cents
1974 Grand jury concludes President Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
1974 Greg Chappell makes 247* vs. New Zealand, 410 minutes, 29 fours 1 six
1973 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
1972 Jean-Bedel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Cent African Rep
1972 Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby
1970 American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
1970 Rhodesia becomes independent republic
1970 Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years
1969 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
1969 Chinese-Russian borders fight (approx 70 die)
1969 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 14th Symphony
1969 Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season
1968 Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler and Ford (GRB)
1968 Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova and Protopopov (U.S.S.R.)
1968 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT)
1968 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world
1968 U.S.S.R. launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
1968 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (U.S.)
1967 9th Grammy Awards: Strangers in Night, Michele wins
1967 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1966 215,000 U.S. soldiers in Vietnam
1965 "Sound Of Music" opens
1965 Montcalm Community College in Sidney, Michigan, founded
1964 Beatles begin filming "Hard Days Night," Harrison meets Patti Boyd
1962 John F. Kennedy announces U.S. will resume above ground nuclear testing
1962 Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game
1961 "13 Daughters" opens at 54th St. Theater New York City for 28 performances
1958 1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days
1958 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
1958 Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic
1956 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France
1955 King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
1955 William Inge's "Bus Stop," premieres in New York City
1952 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
1951 1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston
1949 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
1949 Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Texas, covering 23,452 miles in 94 hours
1946 Dutch troops land on East Bali
1946 Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam
1946 Kingman Douglass, becomes deputy director of CIA
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1945 King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government
1944 16th Academy Awards - "Casablanca," Jennifer Jones and Paul Lukas win
1944 Fumes from locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocates 521 in Italy
1943 1st transport from Westerbork Netherlands to Sobibor concentration camp
1943 Sea battle in Bismarck Sea finishes, U.S. and Australia win
1942 14th Academy Awards - "How Green was My Valley," Cooper and Fontaine win
1942 Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon
1940 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, MSG, New York City
1940 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
1939 Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII
1939 Massachusetts Legislature vote to ratify the Bill of Rights - 147 years late
1938 Landslides and floods cause over 200 deaths in Los Angeles, California
1938 Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union
1937 Mexico nationalizes oil
1936 Bradman scores 369 in 253 minutes, SA vs. Tasmania, 46 fours 4 sixes
1934 Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha
1933 "King Kong," premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy New York City
1933 Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan
1930 1st U.S. indoor glider flight, St. Louis Terminal Building
1929 Chicago Black Hawks shut-out for NHL record 8th straight game
1929 Congress creates Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
1927 Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)
1925 Dutch Socialists demand drastic disarmament
1925 Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage
1925 Nationwide road numbering system and U.S. shield marker adopted
1925 SDAP-Second-Faction of parliament demands drastic disarmament
1923 Time magazine debuts
1922 WBAP-AM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
1922 WLW-AM in Cincinnati OH begins radio transmissions
1920 Karel Capek's "Loupeznik," premieres in Prague
1919 1st congress of Communist International opens at the Kremlin
1918 New York Yankees purchase 1st baseman George Burns from Detroit Tigers and immediately trades him to Philadelphia A's
1917 Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, U.S. citizenship granted
1915 British vice adm Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts
1915 Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
1910 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington Washington, 118 die
1909 Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy asks Serbia to set no territorial demands
1907 General Louis Botha named premier of Transvaal
1907 Georges Feydeaus' "La Puce l'Oreille," premieres in Paris
1904 "Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" adopted
1904 Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio," premieres in Milan
1903 Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in New York City
1902 Jimmy Collins, leaves Boston Beaneaters (NL) club to manage AL's new Boston Somersets
1901 Hawaii's 1st telegraph company opens
1899 President McKinley signs bill creating Mount Rainier National Park (5th in U.S.)
1898 Australia complete a 4-1 series annihilation of England
1896 Battle of Aduwa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia) defeats invading Italians
1896 George Lohmann takes 9-28 vs. South Africa at Johannesburg
1893 1st federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features
1890 Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 5 km (9:19)
1889 Kansas passes 1st U.S. antitrust
1887 American Trotting Association organized in Detroit
1877 Rutherford B Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory
1874 Baseball batter's box is officially adopted
1868 University of Illinois opens
1867 Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico
1867 Congress passed the 1st Reconstruction Act
1867 Jesse James-gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 dead
1867 U.S. Congress creates the Department of Education
1866 1st U.S. company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Connecticut
1865 British newspaper "Morning Chronicle" begins publishing
1865 Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865
1865 General Early's army is defeated at Waynesborough
1863 Congress authorizes track width of 4'8" for Union Pacific Railroad
1861 Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington
1861 U.S. creates Dakota and Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska and Utah territories
1858 Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie
1855 Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
1853 Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory
1836 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
1831 John Frazee becomes 1st U.S. sculptor to receive a federal commission
1829 New England Asylum for the Blind, 1st in U.S., incorporated, Boston
1825 1st grand opera in U.S. sung in English, New York City
1824 Interstate commerce comes under federal control
1819 Territory of Arkansas organized
1819 U.S. passed its 1st immigration law
1817 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn
1807 Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808
1799 Congress standardizes U.S. weights and measures
1789 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
1776 Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
1725 Georg F Handels opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto," premieres in London
1675 Prince William III installed as governor of Overijssel
1629 English king Charles I leaces house of commons
1498 Vasco da Gama's fleet visits Mozambique Island
1458 Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia
1121 Dirk VI becomes count of Holland
871 Battle at Marton: Ethelred van Wessex beats Danish invasion army











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