What Happened on March 2

Historical Events

  • 1791 Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris
  • 1796 Napoléon Bonaparte is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French Army in Italy
  • 1807 US Congress bans the slave trade within the US, effective January 1, 1808
  • 1888 The Convention of Constantinople signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace
  • 1946 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam
  • 1956 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France
  • 1970 White government of Rhodesia declares itself a republic
  • 2002 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda
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Mar 2 in Film & TV

Mar 2 in Sport

  • 1962 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, in Warriors' 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line

Did You Know?

Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor

On March 2, 1882

Would You Believe?

Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes

On March 2, 2016

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1920 Actress Mary Pickford (27) divorces actor Owen Moore (33) after 9 years of marriage
  • 1936 Film director D. W. Griffith (61) divorces Linda Arvidson (50) after 30 years of marriage
  • 1976 Second wife Carole Hoff divorces serial killer John Wayne Gacy (33) after 3 years of marriage

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