★ What's up on this day! ★ Mar. 2

March 2


  • 1578: George Sandys, English poet, was born. (2)
  • 1800: Evgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet, was born. (2)
  • 1817: János Arany, Hungarian journalist and poet, was born. (2)
  • 1820: Multatuli, Dutch author, was born. (2)
  • 1859: Sholem Aleichem, Ukrainian-American author and playwright, was born. (2)
  • 1862: John Jay Chapman, American poet, dramatist and critic was born. (1)
  • 1865: British newspaper "Morning Chronicle" begins publishing. (3)
  • 1886: Friedebert Tuglas, Estonian author and critic, was born. (2)
  • 1904: Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote and illustrated the popular 'Dr. Seuss' children's books, was born. (1)
  • 1905: Geoffrey Grigson, English poet, editor and literary critic, was born (1)
  • 1923: The first issue of Henry Luce's TIME magazine appeared on newsstands. (6)
  • 1939: Jan Howard Finder, American author, was born.
  • 1942: John Irving, American author, was born. (2)
  • 1943: Peter Straub, American author, was born. (2)
  • 1962: Hiroyuki Morioka, Japanese author, was born. (2)
  • 1962: Michael Salinger, American poet, was born. (2)


  • 1866: 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn. (3)
  • 1877: Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote. (1)
  • 1901: Hawaii's 1st telegraph company opens (4)
  • 1912:William Thayer Tutt, American businessman, was born. (2)
  • 1926: Murray Rothbard, American economist and historian, was born. (2)
  • 1950: Jeffrey Chodorow, American businessman, was born. (2)
  • 1983: Compact Discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan. (2)
  • 2012 : A German court has thrown out the patent cases filed against each other by electronics giants Apple and Samsung. The cases involved ownership over patents for the "slide-to-unlock" feature on smartphones. Apple, Samsung, and other electronics companies have been in a tangle of legal battles over various patents in multiple countries. (4)

International Studies
  • 1629: English King Charles I dissolves Parliament against opposition, imprisoning 9 members of parliament. (3)
  • 1807: Congress outlawed the importation of slaves to the United States, effective the following year. (1)
  • 1808: The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh. (3)
  • 1815: Signing of the Kandyan Convention treaty by British invaders and the King of Sri Lanka. (2)
  • 1819: US passed its 1st immigration law. (3)
  • 1836: Texas declared its independence from Mexico. (1)
  • 1867: The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act. (2)
  • 1867 - US Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico. (3)
  • 1867 - US Congress created the Department of Education. (3)
  • 1877: Rutherford B. Hayes was declared president by a U.S. electoral commission since the original result was too close to call. He was the only president elected this way. (6)
  • 1917: The enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship. (2)
  • 1919: The first Communist International meets in Moscow. (2)
  • 1970: Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown. (2)
  • 1990: Nelson Mandela is elected deputy President of the African National Congress. (2)
  • 1901: The United States Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops. (3)
  • 1929: Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals. (3)
  • 1937: Abdelaziz Bouteflika, 5th President of Algeria, was born. (2)
  • 1937: Mexico nationalizes oil. (3)
  • 1938: Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union. (3)
  • 1939: Massachusetts Legislature vote to ratify the Bill of Rights. (4)
  • 1940: Mamnoon Hussain, 12th President of Pakistan, was born. (2)
  • 1955: Ken Salazar, 36th Attorney General of Colorado, was born. (2)
  • 1956: Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France. (3)
  • 1958: Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic. (3)
  • 1962: General Ne Win of Burma had arrested Prime Minister U Nu and ex-president Sao Swe Thaik. In the process, Thaik’s son was wounded by a bullet as guards had escaped. This mini-seizure was announced on the state radio by Ne Win. He was succeeded by Nu (1960) after heading a “non-elected” government for 18 months. (4)
  • 1965: Lembit Öpik, Irish politician, was born. (2)
  • 1970: Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years. (3)
  • 1992: Moldova joins the United Nations. (3)
  • 2001: The Taliban began the destruction of ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan. (6)
  • 2006 : An Italian parliamentary commission has reached the conclusion that the Soviet Union was behind the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. The commission's director has said it has no doubt that the Soviet leaders ordered the shooting. (4)
  • 2008: Dmitri A. Medvedev, a former aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin who has never held elected office, won the Russian presidential election in a landslide. Putin remained in a position of power, serving as Medvedev's prime minister. (6)
  • 2009: Joao Bernardo Vierira, President of Guinea-Bissau is assassinated during an armed attack on his residence in Bissau (5)
  • 2014: President Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia's parliament to send troops to the Ukraine (3)
  • 2014 : Newly appointed Ukrainian Navy head Denys Berezovsky defected by swearing allegiance to Russian-occupied Crimea. He was immediately put under investigation for treason. (4)
  • 1817: 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn
  • 1885: Victor Houteff, Bulgarian religious reformer and author, was born. (2)
  • 1939: Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope and took the name Pius XII. (1)
  • 2011: In his book 'Jesus of Nazareth Part II', Pope Benedict XVI exonerates the Jewish people for the responsibility of the death of Jesus. (5)

  • 1791: Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris. (3)
  • 1799: Congress standardizes US weights & measures. (3)
  • 1905: Edward Condon, American physicist, was born. (1)
  • 1934: Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha. (3)
  • 1941: David Satcher, American physician and 16th United States Surgeon General, was born. (2)
  • 1967: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site. (3)
  • 1968: USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit. (3)
  • 1969: The two greatest communist powers of the world opened fire against each other. The climax of this “clash” occurred in the eastern portion of the U.S.S.R., on the Ussuri River between Soviet and Chinese Troops. (4)
  • 1972: The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets. (2)
  • 1985: The federal government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply. (1)
  • 1989: Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century. (2)
  • 1995: Researchers at Fermilab announce the discovery of the top quark. (2)
  • 1995: Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches. (3)
  • 1997: Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia) (4)
  • 1998:  Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice. (2)
  • 2004: Rosetta space probe is launched by the European Space Agency to study comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko with Philae lander module aboard. (3)
  • 2011: Researchers from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the Eastern Cougar was officially extinct as there were no breeding populations left in that part of the country. The declaration was made in hopes that the subspecies would be taken off the endangered species list that it was put on in 1973, researchers even went as far as saying they suspect it had been extinct since the 1930's. (4)

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