On This Day

What Happened on March 2, 1940

Day of the Week: Saturday

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

  • Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, chairman (South African Prog Fed Party, 1979-86)
  • Tony Croatto, Italian-born composer (d. 2005)