On This Day

What Happened on March 2, 2004

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Indianapolis Colts sign quarterback Peyton Manning to a 7-year, $98 million deal with a $34.5 million signing bonus; largest package to date in the NFL

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Pittsburgh Penguins end their NHL record 14-game home losing streak when they tie the visiting New York Islanders, 3-3
  • Rosetta space probe is launched by the European Space Agency to study comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko with Philae lander module aboard
  • Saint Joseph's Hawks finish their college basketball season with an 82-50 win over St. Bonaventure; Hawks undefeated with a perfect 27-0 record in A-10 East Conference
  • Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag.
  • War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500

Famous Deaths

  • Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (b. 1980)
  • Marge Schott, American MLB owner (Cincinnati Reds), dies of pneumonia at 75
  • Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), dies at 87