2 March: Are you curious to find out what happened on this day in history?
Today has been a remarkable day in history. There have been celebrations, independence and technical marvels.
So, let’s unwrap and see what special day is today.
What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 2 March
- 1943 – During World War II in the Pacific, a Japanese convoy was attacked by 137 American bombers as the Battle of Bismarck Sea began. The convoy included eight destroyers and eight transports carrying 7,000 Japanese soldiers heading toward New Guinea. Four destroyers and all eight transports were sunk, resulting in 3,500 Japanese drowned, ending Japanese efforts to send reinforcements to New Guinea.
- 1965 – Operation Rolling Thunder began in Vietnam.
- 1797 – The Bank of England issued the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes.
- 1836 – Texas declared the independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico.
- 1917 – Puerto Ricans were granted US Citizenship. The Jones-Shafroth Act granted U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans – a status they still hold today.
- 2008 – Dmitry Medvedev won the Russian presidential election.
Art & Movies
- 1933 – The Original King Kong movie had its world premiere in New York.
- 1965 – The movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the lead roles had its world premiere in New York.
Technology & Nature
- 1949 – First automatic street lights were installed in New Milford, Connecticut.
- 1995 – The top quark was discovered. The existence of this elementary particle, the bottom quark’s counterpart, had been presumed since the 1970s.
- 2011 – US Eastern Cougar Declared Extinct. Researchers from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the Eastern Cougar was officially extinct as there were no breeding populations left in that part of the country.
Birth Anniversaries (2 March)
- 1793 – American soldier and politician Sam Houston was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
- 1876 – Pope Pius XII was born on this day in Rome, Italy.
- 1900 – German-American composer Kurt Weill was born on this day.
- 1904 – Dr. Seuss, America’s one of the most celebrated author, poet and illustrator was born today. One of his all time famous quote is, “You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”
- 1931 – Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet lawyer, politician, President of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1990), was born on this day.
Death Anniversaries (2 March)
On this day we remember some of the notable men in the field of writing and art.
- 1930 – D. H. Lawrence, English novelist. He is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. He died at the age of 44. Some of his works include ‘Sons and Lovers’ (1913) and ‘Women in Love’ (1920).
- 1949 – Sarojini Naidu, Indian political activist and poet.
- 1982 – Philip K. Dick, American author.
- 1991 – Serge Gainsbourg, French singer-songwriter, actor and director.
- 1999 – Dusty Springfield, English singer and producer.
What Special Day is Today: 2 March
Here’s a quick rundown of the special days celebrated today.
- Ash Wednesday (First Day of Lent) – March 2, 2022
- International Rescue Cat Day
- World Teen Mental Wellness Day
- Dr. Seuss Day
- National Banana Cream Pie Day
- National Old Stuff Day
- Read Across America Day – March 2, 2022 (Falls during the week of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd)
- Texas Independence Day
We hope you have found this article interesting and wondered what special day is today. This day has seen the rise of some great minds and actions. May this day be as special and great for all of you.
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