On This Day

Historical Events on March 2 (Part 2)

Events 201 - 234 of 234

  • 1997 Michael Andretti wins at Homestead in a Swift chassis, marking the first Champ Car victory in an American-built chassis since 1983; first-ever Champ Car start for the Swift
  • 1998 Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges

General and Dictator Augusto Pinochet
General and Dictator
Augusto Pinochet
  • 2000 America's Cup, Auckland: Team New Zealand beats Italian yacht Prada Challenge by 0.48s for a 5-0 series sweep; NZ only the 2nd country in 150 years to successfully defend the Cup
  • 2000 St. Louis Blues become just the 2nd team in NHL history to win 10 straight games on the road, with a 5-2 victory in Atlanta; tie mark set by Buffalo 1983-84
  • 2002 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda
  • 2002 40-year old South African boxer ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala ends his 22-year career with a 7th-round TKO win over Columbia’s Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title in Johannesburg
  • 2003 The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
  • 2003 America's Cup, Auckland: Swiss yacht Alinghi beats Team New Zealand by 0.44s to sweep series, 5-0; Alinghi's Russell Coutts wins last 14 America's Cup races he's competed in as skipper; most in history
  • 2003 Fast bowler Andy Bichel takes career best 7 for 20 as Australia beats England by 2 wickets in a Cricket World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa; Australia unbeaten in record 12 ODI games
  • 2004 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
  • 2004 Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag.
  • 2004 War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500
  • 2004 Rosetta space probe is launched by the European Space Agency to study comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko with Philae lander module aboard
  • 2004 Pittsburgh Penguins end their NHL record 14-game home losing streak when they tie the visiting New York Islanders, 3-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 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

  • 2007 38th NAACP Image Awards: "The Pursuit of Happyness" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • 2008 Riots in Yerevan, Armenia concerning the Armenian presidential election, 2008 come to a fatal end, with police forces clashing with civilians in their peaceful protest, resulting in 8 deaths.
  • 2011 One of cricket’s great upsets; Kevin O’Brien smokes fastest century in World Cup history off 50 balls (ends 113 off 63) to help Ireland beat England by 3 wickets in Bangalore
  • 2012 Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky
  • 2012 The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army
  • 2012 New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members
  • 2012 Major League Baseball confirms the postseason will be expanded from 8 to 10 teams, with an extra wild card team in each league
  • 2012 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

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

2014 86th Academy Awards: "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaughey & Cate Blanchett win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 President Vladimir Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia's parliament to send troops to the Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 2016 Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes
  • 2016 Oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, revealed by British scientists

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record

Astronaut Scott Kelly
Astronaut
Scott Kelly
  • 2017 US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia after revelations he met Russian ambassador
  • 2018 Gunmen attack the French embassy and army HQ in suspected terrorist incident in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, killing 8 and injuring 80
  • 2019 FESPACO, Africa's largest film festival in its 50th year awards the Golden Stallion of Yennenga to "The Mercy of the Jungle" by Joel Karekezi, in Burkina Faso

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 37-year-old Swiss 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer beats Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win his 100th ATP Tour title at the Dubai Championships

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2019 Australian wonder horse Winx sets world record for Group 1 wins in the Chipping Norton Stakes in Sydney; stretches unbeaten run to 31 races, and her 23rd in the highest class of thoroughbred racing