On This Day

What Happened on March 2, 1940

Historical Events

  • Beaten by a nose in both the 1937 and 1938 Santa Anita Handicaps, Seabiscuit finally wins the Big 'Cap in his final race; retires the leading money-winning horse in the world
  • Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island, Finland
  • The first televised intercollegiate track meet is seen in NYC on W2XBS; NYU wins the meet presented live from Madison Square Garden

Famous Birthdays

  • Billy McNeill MBE, Scottish soccer defender (29 caps; Celtic) and manager (Celtic, Manchester City, Aston Villa), born in Bellshill, Scotland (d. 2019)
  • Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)

Famous Deaths

  • Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), dies at 73
1940 Highlights

About March 2, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 9 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces