On This Day

What Happened on March 2, 2012

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • Major League Baseball confirms the postseason will be expanded from 8 to 10 teams, with an extra wild card team in each league
  • New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members
  • NFL establishes existence of a bounty program at the New Orleans Saints 2009-11; players given incentives to injure opposition; coach Sean Payton is suspended for 2012 season
  • The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army
  • Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky

Famous Deaths

  • James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • Nydia Ecury, celebrated Afro-Dutch writer, translator and actress (Kantika pa Mama Tera), dies at 86
  • Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92