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Friday 2 March 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Engineer's Day in Croatia (is celebrated on 2 March as a tribute to the date in 1878 on which first associatian of engineers was established in Croatia)
  • Engineer’s week (United Kingdom, Ireland 2019: 2-8 March)
  • Texas Independence Day

Events

  • 2012 – A tornado outbreak occurred over a large section of the Southern United States and into the Ohio Valley region, resulting in 40 tornado-related fatalities
  • 2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
  • 1995 – Researchers at Fermilab announce the discovery of the top quark.
  • 1983 – Compact discs and players are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had previously been available only in Japan.
  • 1978 – Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28.
  • 1972 – The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.
  • 1969 – In Toulouse, France, the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted.
  • 1965 – The US and Republic of Vietnam Air Force begin Operation Rolling Thunder, a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam.
  • 1962 – Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points.
  • 1961 – John F. Kennedy announces the creation of the Peace Corps in a nationally televised broadcast.
  • 1949 – Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
  • 1943 – World War II: Battle of the Bismarck Sea: United States and Australian forces sink Japanese convoy ships.
  • 1941 – World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joins the Axis Pact.
  • 1937 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee signs a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel, leading to unionization of the United States steel industry.
  • 1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
  • 1919 – The first Communist International meets in Moscow.
  • 1917 – The enactment of the Jones–Shafroth Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
  • 1903 – In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.
  • 1901 – The U.S. Congress passes the Platt Amendment limiting the autonomy of Cuba, as a condition of the withdrawal of American troops.
  • 1901 – United States Steel Corporation is founded as a result of a merger between Carnegie Steel Company and Federal Steel Company which became the first corporation in the world with a market capital over $1 billion.
  • 1877 – U.S. presidential election, 1876: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
  • 1867 – The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act.
  • 1859 – The two-day Great Slave Auction, the largest such auction in United States history, begins.
  • 1836 – Texas Revolution: Declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico.
  • 1807 – The U.S. Congress passes the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slaves into the country.
  • 1797 – The Bank of England issues the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: Patriot militia units arrest the Royal Governor of Georgia James Wright and attempt to prevent capture of supply ships in the Battle of the Rice Boats.
  • 1717 – The Loves of Mars and Venus is the first ballet performed in England.
  • 1561 – Mendoza, Argentina is founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro del Castillo.

Births

  • 1991 – Nick Franklin, American baseball player
  • 1990 – Malcolm Butler, American football player
  • 1989 – Shane Vereen, American football player
  • 1988 – Chris Rainey, American football player
  • 1985 – Reggie Bush, American football player
  • 1983 – Deuce, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1983 – Glen Perkins, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Ryan Shannon, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 – Ben Roethlisberger, American football player
  • 1982 – Corey Webster, American football player
  • 1981 – Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress
  • 1981 – Lance Cade, American wrestler (d. 2010)
  • 1977 – Dominique Canty, American basketball player and coach
  • 1971 – Method Man, American rapper, record producer and actor
  • 1965 – Ron Gant, American baseball player and journalist
  • 1964 – Laird Hamilton, American surfer and actor
  • 1964 – Mike Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1987)
  • 1963 – Alvin Youngblood Hart, American singer and guitarist
  • 1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor
  • 1959 – Larry Stewart, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1958 – Kevin Curren, South African-American tennis player
  • 1957 – Mark Dean, American inventor and computer engineer
  • 1956 – John Cowsill, American musician, songwriter, and producer
  • 1955 – Dale Bozzio, American pop-rock singer-songwriter
  • 1955 – Jay Osmond, American singer, drummer, actor, and TV/film producer
  • 1955 – Ken Salazar, American lawyer and politician, 50th United States Secretary of the Interior
  • 1953 – Russ Feingold, American lawyer and politician
  • 1952 – Laraine Newman, American actress and comedian
  • 1952 – Mark Evanier, American author and screenwriter
  • 1950 – Karen Carpenter, American singer (d. 1983)
  • 1948 – Larry Carlton, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1943 – Peter Straub, American author and poet
  • 1943 – Robert Williams, American painter and cartoonist
  • 1942 – John Irving, American novelist and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Lou Reed, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor (d. 2013)
  • 1941 – David Satcher, American admiral and physician, 16th Surgeon General of the United States
  • 1939 – Jan Howard Finder, American author and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1938 – Clark Gesner, American author and composer (d. 2002)
  • 1938 – Lawrence Payton, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1997)
  • 1935 – Gene Stallings, American football player and coach
  • 1934 – Dottie Rambo, American singer-songwriter (d. 2008)
  • 1931 – Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author
  • 1930 – John Cullum, American actor and singer
  • 1926 – Murray Rothbard, American economist and historian (d. 1995)
  • 1924 – Cal Abrams, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • 1923 – Dave Strack, American basketball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Robert H. Michel, American soldier and politician (d. 2017)
  • 1922 – Bill Quackenbush, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (d. 1999)
  • 1922 – Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American saxophonist (d. 1986)
  • 1922 – Frances Spence, American computer programmer (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Ernst Haas, Austrian-American photographer and journalist (d. 1986)
  • 1919 – Eddie Lawrence, American actor, singer, and playwright (d. 2014)
  • 1919 – Jennifer Jones, American actress (d. 2009)
  • 1919 – Tamara Toumanova, American ballerina and actress (d. 1996)
  • 1917 – David Goodis, American author and screenwriter (d. 1967)
  • 1917 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1986)
  • 1917 – Jim Konstanty, American baseball player and coach (d. 1976)
  • 1914 – Martin Ritt, American actor and film director (d. 1990)
  • 1913 – Mort Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1958)
  • 1912 – Henry Katzman, American pianist, composer, and painter (d. 2001)
  • 1909 – Mel Ott, American baseball player, manager, and sportscaster (d. 1958)
  • 1905 – Marc Blitzstein, American composer and songwriter (d. 1964)
  • 1904 – Dr. Seuss, American children's book writer, poet, and illustrator (d. 1991)
  • 1902 – Edward Condon, American physicist and academic (d. 1974)
  • 1902 – Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)
  • 1900 – Kurt Weill, German-American pianist and composer (d. 1950)
  • 1886 – Willis H. O'Brien, American animator and director (d. 1962)
  • 1878 – William Kissam Vanderbilt II, American sailor and race car driver (d. 1944)
  • 1862 – John Jay Chapman, American lawyer, author, and poet (d. 1933)
  • 1860 – Susanna M. Salter, American activist and politician (d. 1961)
  • 1859 – Sholem Aleichem, Ukrainian-American author and playwright (d. 1916)
  • 1849 – Robert Means Thompson, American commander, lawyer, and businessman (d. 1930)
  • 1836 – Henry Billings Brown, American lawyer and judge (d. 1913)
  • 1829 – Carl Schurz, German-American general, lawyer, and politician, 13th United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1906)
  • 1816 – Alexander Bullock, American lawyer and politician, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1793 – Sam Houston, American soldier and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1863)
  • 1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American physician and politician, 15th United States Secretary of War (d. 1851)
  • 1769 – DeWitt Clinton, American lawyer and politician, 6th Governor of New York (d. 1828)
  • 1545 – Thomas Bodley, English diplomat and scholar, founded the Bodleian Library (d. 1613)

Deaths

  • 2016 – Aubrey McClendon, American businessman (b. 1959)
  • 2015 – Dean Hess, American minister and colonel (b. 1917)
  • 2012 – James Q. Wilson, American political scientist and academic (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Van T. Barfoot, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • 2007 – Clem Labine, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2007 – Thomas S. Kleppe, American soldier and politician, 41st United States Secretary of the Interior (b. 1919)
  • 2005 – Martin Denny, American pianist and composer (b. 1911)
  • 2004 – Marge Schott, American businesswoman (b. 1928)
  • 2004 – Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2003 – Hank Ballard, American singer-songwriter (b. 1927)
  • 1994 – Anita Morris, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1943)
  • 1992 – Sandy Dennis, American actress (b. 1937)
  • 1987 – Randolph Scott, American actor and director (b. 1898)
  • 1982 – Philip K. Dick, American philosopher and author (b. 1928)
  • 1958 – Fred Merkle, American baseball player and manager (b. 1888)
  • 1953 – James Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)
  • 1946 – George E. Stewart, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1872)
  • 1938 – Ben Harney, American pianist and composer (b. 1871)
  • 1921 – Champ Clark, American lawyer and politician, 41st Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1850)
  • 1896 – Jubal Early, American general (b. 1816)
  • 1864 – Ulric Dahlgren, American colonel (b. 1842)
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