On This Day

On This Day in History for March 2 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1968 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer of Austria
  • 1968 USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world, with a cargo compartment 37m long
  • 1968 USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit
  • 1968 19 year-old American Peggy Fleming wins her 3rd consecutive World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Geneva, Switzerland; announces her retirement, turns professional and eventually goes into broadcasting
  • 1969 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde
  • 1969 Chinese-Russian borders fight (approx 70 die)
  • 1970 White government of Rhodesia declares itself a republic
  • 1970 American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747
  • 1970 Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years

KnighthoodDictator Bokassa I

1972 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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  • 1972 NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter
  • 1973 "Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum
  • 1974 1st class postage raised to 10 cents from 8 cents

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1974 Grand jury concludes US President Richard Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 1977 Libya amends constitution
  • 1978 Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6

  • 1981 Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists
  • 1981 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington, D.C.

InventionScientific Discovery

1981 Discovery of minor planet 5020 Asimov, named after sci-fi writer Isaac Asimov

Author and Biochemistry Professor Isaac Asimov
Author and Biochemistry Professor
Isaac Asimov
  • 1982 Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru
  • 1983 Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
  • 1983 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 1984 Iran offensive against Iraq fails
  • 1985 FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks
  • 1986 1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita
  • 1986 Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US
  • 1986 The first million dollar purse for a handicap race is won by British bred 5-year old Greinton with Laffit Pincay Jr. aboard taking out the $1,359,500 Santa Anita Handicap
  • 1988 Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP
  • 1989 12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000
  • 1989 Tanker Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil
  • 1990 Greyhound Bus goes on strike
  • 1991 Del Ballard Jr throws most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history
  • 1991 UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq
  • 1991 US Army controversially destroys a retreating Iraqi Republican Guard column at Rumaila Oil Field, despite a ceasefire being observed
  • 1992 Moldova joins the United Nations.
  • 1994 William Natcher, (Rep-D-Ky), casts his 18,401 & last consecutive vote

  • 1994 Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcasted, it is, but he doesn't
  • 1995 British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC
  • 1995 Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed
  • 1995 Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches
  • 1997 Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal acquires 5% of Apple
  • 1997 Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia)
  • 1998 Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice

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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
  • 2002 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda
  • 2003 The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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

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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

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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
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

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2020 Amy Klobuchar drops out of the US Democratic presidential race and endorses Joe Biden

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

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2020 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey can not longer enforce 2016 deal with EU to stop migrants entering Europe, warns millions may try

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage

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