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Holidays and observances

  • Earliest day on which Children's Day can fall, while March 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Sunday in March. (New Zealand)
  • Earliest day on which Grandmother's Day can fall, while March 7 is the latest; celebrated on the first Monday in March. (France)
  • National Pig Day (United States)

Events

  • 2007 – Tornadoes break out across the southern United States, killing at least 20 people, including eight at Enterprise High School.
  • 2003 – Management of the United States Customs Service and the United States Secret Service move to the United States Department of Homeland Security.
  • 1998 – Titanic became the first film to gross over $1 billion worldwide.
  • 1990 – Steve Jackson Games is raided by the United States Secret Service, prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
  • 1966 – Venera 3 Soviet space probe crashes on Venus becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet's surface.
  • 1961 – Uganda becomes self-governing and holds its first elections.
  • 1961 – United States President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps.
  • 1958 – Samuel Alphonsus Stritch is appointed Pro-Prefect of the Propagation of Faith and thus becomes the first U.S. member of the Roman Curia.
  • 1954 – Armed Puerto Rican nationalists attack the United States Capitol building, injuring five Representatives.
  • 1954 – Nuclear weapons testing: The Castle Bravo, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, is detonated on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in the worst radioactive contamination ever caused by the United States.
  • 1921 – The Australian cricket team captained by Warwick Armstrong becomes the first team to complete a whitewash of The Ashes, something that would not be repeated for 86 years.
  • 1917 – The Zimmermann Telegram is reprinted in newspapers across the United States after the U.S. government releases its unencrypted text.
  • 1910 – The worst avalanche in United States history buries a Great Northern Railway train in northeastern King County, Washington, killing 96 people.
  • 1896 – Battle of Adwa: An Ethiopian army defeats an outnumbered Italian force, ending the First Italo-Ethiopian War.
  • 1896 – Henri Becquerel discovers radioactive decay.
  • 1893 – Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1886 – The Anglo-Chinese School, Singapore is founded by Bishop William Oldham.
  • 1881 – The first Minnesota State Capitol burns down due to a fire.
  • 1873 – E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter.
  • 1872 – Yellowstone National Park is established as the world's first national park.
  • 1868 – The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity is founded at the University of Virginia.
  • 1845 – United States President John Tyler signs a bill authorizing the United States to annex the Republic of Texas.
  • 1790 – The first United States census is authorized.
  • 1642 – Georgeana, Massachusetts (now known as York, Maine), becomes the first incorporated city in the United States.
  • 1565 – The city of Rio de Janeiro is founded.
  • 509 BC – Publius Valerius Publicola celebrates the first triumph of the Roman Republic after his victory over the deposed king Lucius Tarquinius Superbus at the Battle of Silva Arsia.

Births

  • 1993 – Michael Conforto, American baseball player
  • 1987 – Kesha, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1986 – Big E, American wrestler
  • 1984 – Naima Mora, American model and actress
  • 1983 – Davey Richards, American wrestler
  • 1978 – Jensen Ackles, American actor and director
  • 1976 – Travis Kvapil, American race car driver
  • 1974 – Mark-Paul Gosselaar, American actor
  • 1973 – Anton Gunn, American academic and politician
  • 1973 – Chris Webber, American basketball player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Jason V Brock, American author, filmmaker, artist, scholar and musician
  • 1967 – George Eads, American actor
  • 1966 – Zack Snyder, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1965 – Booker T, American wrestler and sportscaster
  • 1964 – Clinton Gregory, American singer-songwriter and fiddler
  • 1963 – Bryan Batt, American actor and singer
  • 1963 – Maurice Benard, American actor
  • 1962 – Bill Leen, American bass player and producer
  • 1962 – Mark Gardner, American baseball player
  • 1961 – Mike Rozier, American football player
  • 1956 – Tim Daly, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1954 – Catherine Bach, American actress
  • 1954 – Ron Howard, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1952 – Jerri Nielsen, American physician and explorer (d. 2009)
  • 1952 – Nevada Barr, American actress and author
  • 1951 – Sergei Kourdakov, Russian-American KGB agent (d. 1973)
  • 1947 – Alan Thicke, Canadian-American actor and composer (d. 2016)
  • 1945 – Dirk Benedict, American actor and director
  • 1944 – John Breaux, American lawyer and politician
  • 1943 – Gil Amelio, American businessman
  • 1942 – Richard Myers, American general
  • 1941 – Robert Hass, American poet
  • 1940 – Robert Grossman, American painter, sculptor, and author
  • 1935 – Robert Conrad, American actor, radio host and stuntman
  • 1934 – Joan Hackett, American actress (d. 1983)
  • 1927 – George O. Abell, American astronomer, professor at UCLA, science popularizer, and skeptic (d. 1983)
  • 1927 – Harry Belafonte, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1927 – Robert Bork, American lawyer and scholar, United States Attorney General (d. 2012)
  • 1926 – Cesare Danova, Italian-American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1926 – Pete Rozelle, American businessman (d. 1996)
  • 1926 – Robert Clary, French-American actor and author
  • 1924 – Arnold Drake, American author and screenwriter (d. 2007)
  • 1924 – Deke Slayton, American soldier, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1993)
  • 1922 – William Gaines, American publisher (d. 1992)
  • 1921 – Cameron Argetsinger, American race car driver and lawyer (d. 2008)
  • 1921 – Richard Wilbur, American poet, translator, and essayist
  • 1921 – Terence Cooke, American cardinal (d. 1983)
  • 1918 – Gladys Spellman, American educator and politician (d. 1988)
  • 1917 – Robert Lowell, American poet (d. 1977)
  • 1914 – Harry Caray, American sportscaster (d. 1998)
  • 1914 – Ralph Ellison, American novelist and literary critic (d. 1994)
  • 1909 – Winston Sharples, American pianist and composer (d. 1978)
  • 1904 – Glenn Miller, American trombonist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1944)
  • 1904 – Paul Hartman, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1973)
  • 1893 – Mercedes de Acosta, American author, poet, and playwright (d. 1968)
  • 1890 – Theresa Bernstein, Polish-American painter and author (d. 2002)
  • 1848 – Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Irish-American sculptor and academic (d. 1907)
  • 1837 – William Dean Howells, American novelist, playwright, and critic (d. 1920)
  • 1812 – Augustus Pugin, English architect, co-designed the Palace of Westminster (d. 1852)
  • 1807 – Wilford Woodruff, American religious leader, 4th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (d. 1898)
  • 1732 – William Cushing, American lawyer and judge (d. 1810)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Minnie Miñoso, Cuban-American baseball player and coach (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – Bonnie Franklin, American actress, dancer, and singer (b. 1944)
  • 2012 – Andrew Breitbart, American journalist and publisher (b. 1969)
  • 1998 – Archie Goodwin, American author and illustrator (b. 1937)
  • 1991 – Edwin H. Land, American scientist and businessman, co-founded the Polaroid Corporation (b. 1909)
  • 1988 – Joe Besser, American comedian and actor (b. 1907)
  • 1984 – Jackie Coogan, American actor (b. 1914)
  • 1980 – Wilhelmina Cooper, Dutch-American model and businesswoman, founded Wilhelmina Models (b. 1940)
  • 1974 – Bobby Timmons, American pianist and composer (b. 1935)
  • 1942 – George S. Rentz, American commander (b. 1882)
  • 1920 – John H. Bankhead, American lawyer and politician (b. 1842)
  • 1773 – Luigi Vanvitelli, Italian architect, designed the Palace of Caserta (b. 1700)
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