2nd March, on this day

986 Louis V becomes King of the Franks.
871 Battle at Marton: Ethelred van Wessex beats Danish invasion army
1121 Dirk VI becomes count of Holland
1127 Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders.
1458 Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia
1476 Battle of Grandson part of the Burgundian Wars
1498 Vasco da Gama's fleet visits Mozambique Island
1629 English King Charles I leaves house of commons
1717 The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England.
1725 GeorgeF Händel's opera "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" premieres in London
1776 Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
1776 US Marines fight their first battle, capturing a British fort in the Bahamas during the American War of Independence
1776 Battle of the Rice Boats colonial militia against the British Navy
1789 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
1799 Congress standardizes US weights and measures
1807 Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808
1815 Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King.
1819 Territory of Arkansas formed
1819 US passed its 1st immigration law l
1829 New England Asylum for the Blind, 1st in US, incorporated, Boston
1831 John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission
1836 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico
1853 Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory
1855 Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia
1858 Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie
1861 US Congress creates Dakota and Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah territories
1863 Congress authorizes track width of 4'8½" for Union Pacific RR
1864 Battle of Walkerton during the campaign known as the Dahlgren Affair
1865 Second Taranaki War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand.
1865 Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865
1865 General Early's army is defeated at Waynesborough
1866 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Connecticut
1867 Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico
1867 Jesse James-gang robs bank in Savannah MO, 1 dead
1867 US Congress creates the Department of Education
1867 US Congress passed the 1st Reconstruction Act
1876 Rutherford B Hayes elected President
1877 Rutherford B Hayes (R) declared President despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory

1882 Queen Victoria survives an assassination attempt at Windsor
1893 1st federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features
1894 4th and last British government of Gladstone resigns
1896 Battle of Aduwa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia) defeats invading Italians
1903 Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in New York NY
1907 General Louis Botha named premier of Transvaal
1909 Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy ask Serbia to set no territorial demands
1910 2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington WA, 118 die
1915 British Vice Admiral Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts
1915 Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine
1919 1st congress of Communist International opens at the Kremlin
1920 Karel Capék's "Loupeznik" premieres in Prague
1925 Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage
1925 Nationwide road numbering system and US shield marker adopted
1930 1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building
1933 "King Kong" premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy NYC
1933 Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hits Japan - Sanriku, Japan - 2,990 die
1934 Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha
1937 Mexico nationalises oil
1938 Landslides and floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles CA)
1938 Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union
1939 Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII
1940 Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island, Finland
1942 14th Academy Awards: "How Green was My Valley", Gary Cooper and Joan Fontaine win
1942 Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon
1943 Sea battle in Bismarck Sea finishes, US and Australia win
1944 16th Academy Awards: "Casablanca", Jennifer Jones and Paul Lukas win
1944 Fumes from locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocates 521 in Italy
1945 8th Air Force bombs Dresden
1945 King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government
1946 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam
1949 1st automatic street light (New Milford,CT)
1949 Capt. James Callagher and the 13 man crew of the USAF plane Lucky Lady II complete the first non stop round the world flight - taking 94 hours and including in-flight refuelling
1950 Silly Putty invented
1955 King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
1956 Pakistan decides to stay within the British Commonwealth
1956 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Féz, declares independence from France
1958 A British team, led by explorer Vivian Fuchs, completes the first crossing of the Antarctic covering 2,158 miles in 99 days
1958 Yemen announces it will join the United Arab Republic
1962 JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing
1964 Beatles begin filming "A Hard Day's Night", George Harrison meets Patti Boyd
1965 The film "The Sound of Music" goes on general release in the United States of America
1966 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam
1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world
1968 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
1969 Golda Meir is elected Prime Minister of Israel
1969 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
1969 Chinese-Russian borders fight (approximately 70 die)
1969 Dmitri Shostakovich completes his 14th Symphony
1969 Pirate Radio Station 295 (England/France) begins transmitting
1970 American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
1970 Rhodesia declares UDI - the Universal Declaration of independence – breaking from Britain to become an Independant Republic under the leadership of Ian Smith
1970 Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years
1972 Jean-Bédel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Central African Republic
1972 Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby
1973 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
1974 345 are killed when a Turkish DC 10 crashes in France
1974 Grand jury concludes President Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up
1976 Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest
1977 Libya amends constitution
1978 1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV
1978 Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6
1981 Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
1982 Terror group "The Shinning Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
1982 The Queen opens the Barbican Centre in London.
1983 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips and Sony introduced
1983 Final episode of MASH; 125,000,000 viewers
1983 USSR performs underground nuclear test
1983 147 die when a Chinese passenger ferry capsized at Shanshui, Guangdong, China
1984 Iran offensive against Iraq fails
1985 US approves screening test for AIDS
1986 Queen Elizabeth II signs Australian Bill in Canberra - formerly severing any Australian constitutional ties with Britain
1986 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US
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
1990 Greyhound Bus goes on strike
1991 UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
1993 Claudette Colbert, suffers a stroke at 89
1993 Salman Rushdie divorces Marianne Wiggins
1994 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcast; it is, but he doesn't
1994 Miami begins a latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan
1995 British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC
1995 Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe, Angola, 42+ killed
1997 Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple
1998 - Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
2004 War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
2006 Nintendo DS Lite Launched.

2nd March 2006

US and India seal nuclear accord

'Coup' charge for Russian tycoon

Soviets 'ordered Pope shooting'

2nd March 2007

Tourists missing on Ethiopia trip

Bodies of Iraqi policemen 'found'

Global shares drop for fourth day

2nd March 2008

Suicide bomb kills 40 in Pakistan

Eight killed in Armenia protests

Iran leader in landmark Iraq trip

2nd March 2009

Dow Jones falls below 7,000

Billions pledged to rebuild Gaza

CIA destroyed 92 interview tapes

2nd March 2010

Landslide 'kills 100' in Uganda

South Korea F-5 fighter jet crash kills three pilots

GM potato cleared for EU farming

Birthdates which occurred on 2nd March :

1316 Robert II the Steward, King of Scotland (1371-90)
1409 John II French duke of Alençon/co-fighter of Jeanne d'arc
1459 Adrian VI [Adriaan F Boeyens], Netherlands, Pope (1522-23)
1481 Franz von Sickingen German knight
1545 Sir Thomas Bodley England, diplomat/scholar
1555 Ludovico Spontoni composer
1609 Hadji Chalfa/Kâtib Tsjelebi Turkish literary (Djihannüma)
1755 Antoine-Frederic Gresnick composer
1759 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner composer
1760 Camille Desmoulins France, journalist/pamphleteer/revolution leader
1769 DeWitt Clinton (Governor/Senator-NY)
1793 Sam[uel] Houston 1st president of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44)
1810 Leo XIII [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th pope (1878-1903)
1813 George Alexander Macfarren composer
1815 Antonio Buzzolla composer
1817 János Arany Hungary, epic poet (Toldi, Death of King Buda)
1820 Multatuli writer
1824 Bedrich Friedrich Smetana Bohemian composer (Bartered Bride, Moldau)
1824 Constantine D Uschinsky Russian theorist
1824 Henry Beebee Carrington Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1912
1828 Jefferson Columbus Davis Brevet Major General (Union Army), died in 1879
1829 Carl Schurz Major General (Union volunteers) journalist/political reformer/Civil War general
1838 David Duffle Wood composer
1844 Hermanus J A M Schaepman clergyman/Dutch politician
1862 John Jay Chapman US advocate/poet/writer (Learning & Other Essays)
1875 Hans Lietzman German theologist/church historian
1876 Gösta Forsell Swedish radiologist
1876 Pius XII [Euhenio MGG Pacelli], 260th Pope (1939-58)
1878 Wander J de Haas Dutch physicist/son-in-law of Lorentz
1882 Wallis Clark Essex England, actress (Postal Inspector)
1884 Leon Jongen composer
1893 Maxime Dumoulin composer
1894 Renaat Veremans Flemish composer/conductor
1895 Felix Bressart Eydtkuhnen East Prussia Germany, actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads)
1899 Pattie Maie Menzies Australian dame
19-- Nelson Ned Brazil, Spanish singer (Mi Manera de Amor)
19-- Paul Mones Newark NJ, actor (Renegades)
1900 Kurt J Weill Dessau Germany, composer/Brecht collaborator (Mahogany)
1901 Willem Bruynzeel Dutch timber-merchant
1902 Edward Uhler Condon atomic scientist (Manhattan Project)
1904 Dr Seuss [Theodor Geisel] children's book author (Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who!)
1905 Marc Blitzstein Philadelphia PA, composer (Cradle Will Rock)
1908 Jan Brasser Dutch resistance fighter (Witte Ko)/communist
1909 Hanoch Jacoby composer
1909 Jan Fabricius Dutch playwright
1909 Mel Ott 1st National League-er to hit 500 homeruns, hall of famer (New York Giants)
1910 Hope Clara Chenhalls food inspector
1911 William Hansen Washington DC, actor (Homebodies)
1912 Arthur Beaumont C Langton cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930's)
1913 Godfried [Jan Arnold] Bomans Dutch humorist/writer (Pieter Bas)
1913 Marjorie Weaver Crossville TN, actress (Young Mr Lincoln)
1913 Mort Cooper baseball player (National League MVP 1942)
1915 Lona Andre actress (Case of Baby Sitter)
1916 Anne Vondeling Dutch politician (PvdA)
1916 Bernard George Stevens composer
1917 Desi Arnaz Santiago Cuba, singer/actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy)
1917 Jim Konstanty baseball player (National League MVP 1950)
1917 John Gardner composer
1918 Peter O'Sullevan Ireland, horse racing commentator
1919 Eddie Lawrence comedian
1919 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley] Tulsa OK, actress (Farewell to Arms)
1919 Tamara Toumanova dancer
1920 Enrique Franco composer
1921 Robert Wilfred Levick Simpson composer
1922 Eric Feldbush composer
1922 Mario Zafred composer
1923 "Doc" Watson bluegrass musician
1923 Don Taylor cricketer (New Zealand 3 Tests, Auckland stands w/Sutcliffe in Wisden)
1923 Robert H Michel (Representative-Republican-IL, 1957- )
1924 Albert Vogel Dutch elocutionist
1924 Rénos Apostolidis Greek author/poet (Katigoró)
1926 Murray Newton Rothbard economist/Libertarian Party founder
1927 Siegfried Kohler composer
1927 Witold Szalonec composer
1928 Philip K Dick writer
1929 Donald Gosling English parkeerplaatsenmagnaat/multi-millionaire
1930 Jan van Noor Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
1930 John Cullum Knoxville, actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure)
1931 Duane F Graveline Newport VT, astronaut
1931 Mikhail S Gorbachev Privolnoye USSR, Soviet Secretary-General (1985-91)
1931 Tom Wolfe Richmond VA, journalist/author (Right Stuff)
1934 Bernard Rands Sheffield England, composer (Wildtrack)
1934 Howard "Hopalong" Cassady NFLer
1935 Al Waxman Toronto Canada, actor (Cagney & Lacey, Meatballs 3, Spasms)
1936 Henny Boskamp [Hoelscher], actor (Troeleke)
1938 Alan Lewis English textile factory/multi-millionaire
1938 Donald Schwall baseball player (1961 American League rookie of year)
1938 Simon Estes Centerville IA, bass/baritone (Wonton, Don Carlos)
1939 Barbara Luna New York NY, actress (5 Weeks in a Balloon, Gentle Savage)
1939 Gerard van Tongeren Dutch singer (Buffoons)
1940 Frederik van Zyl Slabbert chairman (South African Progressive Federal Party, 1979-86)
1942 John Irving Exeter NH, writer (World According to Garp)
1942 Lou Reed [Louis Firbank] Freeport NY, vocalist/guitarist (Walk on the Wild Side, Velvet Underground)
1942 Tony Meehan [Daniel Meehan] London England, rocker (Drifters, Vipers)
1943 George Benson jazz/blues guitarist (Breezin', This Masquerade)
1943 Gordon Black English industrialist
1943 Rosa DeLauro (Representative-Democrat-CT)
1943 Stephen Dickman composer
1944 Katherine Crawford actress (Captains & Kings, Gemini Man)
1944 Leif Segerstam composer
1944 Pam Barnett LPGA golfer
1945 Gordon Thomson Ottawa Canada, actor (Adam Carrington-Dynasty)
1945 Joy Garrett actress (Jo-Days of Our Lives)
1946 Brian J Donnelly (Representative-Democrat-MA, 1979- )
1948 Larry Carlton rock composer (Against All Odds, Who's the Boss)
1949 Eddie Money [Mahoney] Brooklyn NY, singer/guitarist (Take Me Home Tonight)
1949 Gates McFadden actress (Beverly Crusher-Star Trek Next Generation)
1949 Rory Gallagher Ballyshannon Ireland, rock guitarist (See Here)
195- Molly Cheek Bronxville NY, actress (Garry Shandling Show)
1950 Karen Carpenter New Haven CT, vocalist/drummer (We've Only Just Begun)
1950 Matthew Laurance Queens NY, actor/identical twin of Mitchell (Mel-Beverly Hills 90210, Ben-Duet)
1950 Mitchell Laurance Queens NY, actor/identical twin of Matthew (LA Law, Not Necessarily the News)
1951 Cassie Yates Macon GA, actress (Osterman Weekend, Dynasty)
1952 Laraine Newman Los Angeles CA, comedienne/actress (Saturday Night Live)
1953 William Simmons sax/keyboardist (Midnight Star-No Parking)
1954 Stone Phumelele Sizani South African treasurer (UDF)
1955 Dale Bosworth TV host (America's Most Wanted)
1955 Dale Bozzio Boston MA, rock vocalist (Missing Persons-Destination Unknown)
1955 Jay Osmond Ogden UT, singer (Osmond Brothers, Donny & Marie)
1955 Shoko Asahara [Chizuo Matsumoto], Japanese sect leader
1955 Steve Small cricketer (stalwart New South Wales opening batsman)
1956 John Cowsill Newport RI, rock drummer (Cowsills-We Can Fly)
1956 Mark Evans Melbourne Australia, rock bassist (AC/DC-Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Warrior Soul-Last Decade of The Century)
1958 Ian Woosnam Welsh golfer
1958 Kevin Curren South Africa, tennis star
1959 Andrew Farriss Australia, rock keyboardist (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
1959 Larry Stewart Paducah KY, country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels)
1959 Laura Hurlbut LPGA golfer
1962 Al Del Greco NFL kicker (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
1962 Jon Bon Jovi [Bongiovi] Perth Amboy NJ, rocker (Bon Jovi-You Give Love a Bad Name)
1962 Philip Jonas Johannesburg South Africa, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Payless-2nd)
1962 Terry Steinbach New Ulm MN, catcher (Oakland A's)
1963 Suzette Charles Mays Landing NJ, replaced Vanessa Williams as Miss America (1984)
1965 Ron Gant Victoria TX, outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
1966 Judith Wiesner Hallein Austria, tennis star (1994 Schenectady)
1966 Stevie Rachelle rock vocalist (Tuff-What Comes Around Goes Around)
1967 Allan Boyko CFL slot back/twin of Bruce (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1967 Bruce Boyko CFL fullback/twin of Allan (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
1967 Leo Gomez Canovanas PR, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
1968 Penny "Stamper" Davis Carlisle England, Canadian 470 yachter (Olympics-96)
1970 Kevin Miniefield NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)
1970 Steve Holman Indianapolis IN, miler
1971 Amber Smith Tampa FL, actress (Faithful, Funeral, Mirror Has 2 Faces)
1971 Donna Perry Glendale CA, playmate (November 1994)
1971 James Hammerstrand LaMesa CA, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96)
1971 Ray Hall NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
1971 Ruffin Hamilton NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
1973 John Elmore guard (Baltimore Ravens)
1973 Paul Popowich actor (Tommy Tricker & Stamp Traveler)
1974 Martine Dessureault Montréal Québec Canada, 50 meter swimmer (Olympics-96)
1975 Arleen McDonald Miss Mississippi-USA (1997)
1976 Lars Bruggemann hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)


Deaths which occurred on March 2nd:
0986 Lotharius King of France (954-86), dies at 44
1122 Floris II the fat one, count of Holland, dies
1127 Charles the Good, Count of Vlanderen, murdered
1333 Wladyslaw IV the Short One/Great, duke/king of Poland, dies
1383 Amadeus VI count of Savoy, dies
1619 Anne of Denmark daughter of Danish king Frederik II, dies at 44
1758 Johann Baptist Zimmermann German stucco worker, buried at 78
1772 Robert J Pothier French lawyer, dies at 73
1787 Jean Allamand French theologist/natural philosopher, dies at 73
1797 Horace [Horatio] Walpole British horror writer, dies at 79
1800 Christian Friedrich Schale composer, dies at 86
1822 Christian Friedrich Hermann Uber composer, dies at 40
1840 Heinrich Olbers German astronomer (discoverer of comets & asteroids), dies at 81
1855 Nicholas I Pavlovitch tsar of Russia (1825-55), dies at 58
1862 Frederick West Lander US Union Brigadier-General/poet, dies at 40
1867 French A Durlet Belgian sculptor/architect, dies at 50
1868 Carl Eberwein composer, dies at 81
1882 Louis Kufferath composer, dies at 70
1887 August W Eichler German botanist, dies at 47
1887 Wilhelm Troszel composer, dies at 63
1895 Berthe MP Morisot French painter/aquarelliste, dies at 54
1895 Ismail Pasha kedive of Egypt (1863-79), dies at 64
1916 Elisabeth OL [Carmen Sylva], Queen of Romania, dies at 72
1930 David H Lawrence poet/writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies at 44
1937 Gustav Wohlgemuth composer, dies at 73
1939 Howard Carter British archaeologist/Egyptologist (King Tut), dies at 65
1943 Alexandre Yersin Swiss bacteriologist (bacteria plague), dies at 79
1950 M Joseph V d'Arbaud French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
1957 Harry E Soref inventor (padlock), dies at 70
1959 Eric Blore actor (Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70
1959 Yrlö Henrik Kilpinen Finnish composer, dies at 67
1962 Charles-Jean baron de la Vallée-Poussin Belgian engineer, dies at 96
1967 Gordon Harker actor (Inspector Hornleigh), dies at 81
1971 Charles W Engelhard US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
1972 Bill Lawrence news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
1973 Cleo Noel US ambassador to Sudan is assassinated
1974 Barbara Ruick actress/singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 41
1975 Jean Kurt Forest composer, dies at 65
1979 Edith Craig actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
1979 Mollah Mustafa Barzani Kurdish leader, dies at 75
1979 Sir Richard Sykes British ambassador is assassinated in Holland
1981 Janear Hines actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
1982 Philip K[indred] Dick author (Hugo-1963, Dr Futurity), dies at 53
1984 Louis Basile actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
1985 John B Kelly Jr chairman US Olympics Committee, dies at 57
1985 Sir Michael Redgrave actor/writer dies at 77 of Parkinson's disease
1986 Marcel Liebman Belgian historian, dies at 56
1986 Zafer Masri mayor of Nablus, murdered
1987 Randolph Scott actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89
1991 Clark Mollenhoff US journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies
1991 Freek Zoetmulder publisher (Austrian Encyclopedia)/neo-Nazi, dies
1991 James "Cool Papa" Bell Negro baseball league great, dies at 87
1991 Serge Gainsbourg composer/actor (Fury of Hercules), dies at 62
1992 Sandy Dennis actress (Up the Down Staircase), dies of cancer at 54
1993 Floortje Peneder Dutch poet (Diary), dies at 15
1993 Paul D Zimmerman US screenwriter (King of Comedy), dies at 54
1994 Donald McKenzie MacKinnon philosopher, dies at 80
1994 Tengiz Abuladze filmmaker, dies at 70
1995 Hugo Cole musician/critic, dies at 77
1995 Vladislav Listyev TV journalist, dies at 48
1996 Jacobo Majluta President of Dominican Republic (1982), dies at 61

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