This was 62nd day of the year and 304 days remained in the year.

March 2 Birthdays

Dr. Seuss
1904–1991; author of children's books

Samuel Houston
frontier hero and statesman (1793)

Mikhail Gorbachev
political leader (1931)

Tom Wolfe
journalist and novelist (1931)

John Irving
writer (1942)

Jon Bon Jovi
musician (1962)

March 2 in History


Texas declared its independence from Mexico.


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.


Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory and Puerto Ricans gained American citizenship.


The first issue of Henry Luce's TIME magazine appeared on newsstands.


King Kong, starring Fay Wray, premiered in New York City.


Captain James Gallagher completed the first non-stop around the world flight. He completed the 23,452-mile journey in 94 hours, 1 minute.


Morocco gained independence from France.


Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA-record 100 points in a basketball game.


The Taliban began the destruction of ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan.


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.

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