On This Day

What Happened on March 2, 1972

Historical Events

  • American jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his record 555th stakes race aboard Royal Owl in the San Jacinto Stakes at Santa Anita; Eddie Arcaro 554

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

Jean-Bédel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Central African Republic

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Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
Jean-Bédel Bokassa is crowned as 'Emperor of Central Africa' atop a golden throne in 1976
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  • NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter

Famous Birthdays

  • Richard Ruccolo, American actor

Famous Deaths

  • Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
1972 Highlights

About March 2, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 8 months and 30 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Pisces