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Saturday 3 March 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 2005 – Margaret Wilson is elected as Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, beginning a period lasting until August 23, 2006 where all the highest political offices (including Elizabeth II as Head of State), were occupied by women, making New Zealand the first country for this to occur.
  • 2005 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly an airplane non-stop around the world solo without refueling.
  • 1951 – Jackie Brenston, with Ike Turner and his band, records "Rocket 88", often cited as "the first rock and roll record", at Sam Phillips's recording studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • 1945 – World War II: American and Filipino troops recapture Manila.
  • 1938 – Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia.
  • 1931 – The United States adopts The Star-Spangled Banner as its national anthem.
  • 1923 – TIME magazine is published for the first time.
  • 1904 – Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany becomes the first person to make a sound recording of a political document, using Thomas Edison's phonograph cylinder.
  • 1885 – The American Telephone & Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York.
  • 1875 – The first ever organized indoor game of ice hockey is played in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as recorded in the Montreal Gazette.
  • 1873 – Censorship in the United States: The U.S. Congress enacts the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" books through the mail.
  • 1859 – The two-day Great Slave Auction, the largest such auction in United States history, concludes.
  • 1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army is routed at the Battle of Brier Creek near Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps begins the Battle of Nassau.
  • 1585 – The Olympic Theatre, designed by Andrea Palladio, is inaugurated in Vicenza.

Births

  • 1998 – Jayson Tatum, American college basketball player
  • 1993 – Nicole Gibbs, American tennis player
  • 1986 – Jed Collins, American football player
  • 1986 – Stacie Orrico, American singer-songwriter
  • 1984 – Santonio Holmes, American football player
  • 1982 – Jessica Biel, American actress, singer, and producer
  • 1981 – David Bailey, American basketball player
  • 1980 – Mason Unck, American football player
  • 1978 – Ashwin Madia, American soldier, lawyer, and politician
  • 1978 – Matt Diaz, American baseball player
  • 1977 – Buddy Valastro, American chef and television host
  • 1974 – David Faustino, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1971 – Tyler Florence, American chef and author
  • 1970 – Julie Bowen, American actress
  • 1968 – Brian Leetch, American ice hockey player
  • 1966 – Tone Lōc, American rapper, producer, and actor
  • 1964 – Laura Harring, Mexican-American model and actress, Miss USA 1985
  • 1962 – Glen E. Friedman, American photographer
  • 1962 – Herschel Walker, American football player and mixed martial artist
  • 1962 – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American heptathlete and long jumper
  • 1961 – John Matteson, American biographer
  • 1961 – Mary Page Keller, American actress and producer
  • 1960 – Neal Heaton, American baseball player and coach
  • 1959 – Ira Glass, American radio host and producer
  • 1957 – Stephen Budiansky, American historian, journalist, and author
  • 1955 – Darnell Williams, English-American actor and director
  • 1954 – John Lilley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – Keith Fergus, American golfer
  • 1949 – Bonnie J. Dunbar, American engineer, academic, and astronaut
  • 1949 – Jesse Jefferson, American baseball player (d. 2011)
  • 1949 – Ron Chernow, American historian, journalist, and author
  • 1947 – Clifton Snider, American author, poet, and critic
  • 1947 – Jennifer Warnes, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1945 – Hattie Winston, American actress
  • 1940 – Perry Ellis, American fashion designer, founded Perry Ellis (d. 1986)
  • 1939 – Larry Burkett, American author and radio host (d. 2003)
  • 1935 – Michael Walzer, American philosopher and academic
  • 1934 – Jimmy Garrison, American bassist and educator (d. 1976)
  • 1926 – James Merrill, American poet and playwright (d. 1995)
  • 1923 – Barney Martin, American police officer and actor (d. 2005)
  • 1923 – Doc Watson, American bluegrass singer-songwriter and musician (d. 2012)
  • 1921 – Diana Barrymore, American actress (d. 1960)
  • 1920 – James Doohan, Canadian-American actor and soldier (d. 2005)
  • 1920 – Julius Boros, American golfer and accountant (d. 1994)
  • 1918 – Arthur Kornberg, American biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2007)
  • 1916 – Paul Halmos, Hungarian-American mathematician (d. 2006)
  • 1913 – Harold J. Stone, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1913 – Margaret Bonds, American pianist and composer (d. 1972)
  • 1911 – Jean Harlow, American actress (d. 1937)
  • 1895 – Matthew Ridgway, American general (d. 1993)
  • 1893 – Beatrice Wood, American illustrator and potter (d. 1998)
  • 1887 – Lincoln J. Beachey, American pilot (d. 1915)
  • 1880 – Florence Auer, American actress and screenwriter (d. 1962)
  • 1873 – William Green, American union leader and politician (d. 1952)
  • 1866 – Fred A. Busse, American lawyer and politician, 39th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1914)
  • 1860 – John Montgomery Ward, American baseball player and manager (d. 1925)
  • 1847 – Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-American engineer and academic, invented the telephone (d. 1922)
  • 1839 – Jamsetji Tata, Indian businessman, founded Tata Group (d. 1904)
  • 1831 – George Pullman, American engineer and businessman, founded the Pullman Company (d. 1897)

Deaths

  • 2015 – M. Stanton Evans, American journalist and author (b. 1934)
  • 2014 – Don Shows, American football player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2014 – Robert Ashley, American soldier and composer (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Sherwin B. Nuland, American surgeon, author, and educator (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – William R. Pogue, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1930)
  • 2013 – Bobby Rogers, American singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – Alex Webster, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer and illustrator (b. 1929)
  • 2012 – Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer (b. 1947)
  • 2006 – William Herskovic, Hungarian-American humanitarian (b. 1914)
  • 2005 – Max Fisher, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2003 – Luis Marden, American linguist, photographer, and explorer (b. 1913)
  • 2001 – Eugene Sledge, American soldier, author, and academic (b. 1923)
  • 2001 – Louis Edmonds, American actor (b. 1923)
  • 1999 – Lee Philips, American actor and director (b. 1927)
  • 1998 – Fred W. Friendly, American journalist and broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • 1996 – John Krol, American cardinal (b. 1910)
  • 1995 – Howard W. Hunter, American religious leader, 14th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1907)
  • 1994 – John Edward Williams, American author and academic (b. 1922)
  • 1993 – Albert Sabin, Polish-American physician and virologist (b. 1906)
  • 1993 – Carlos Marcello, Tunisian-American mob boss (b. 1910)
  • 1993 – Mel Bradford, American author and critic (b. 1934)
  • 1991 – Arthur Murray, American dancer and educator (b. 1895)
  • 1990 – Charlotte Moore Sitterly, American astronomer (b. 1898)
  • 1988 – Sewall Wright, American biologist and geneticist (b. 1889)
  • 1987 – Danny Kaye, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1911)
  • 1981 – Rebecca Lancefield, American microbiologist and researcher (b. 1905)
  • 1966 – Alice Pearce, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 1966 – Joseph Fields, American playwright, director, and producer (b. 1895)
  • 1966 – William Frawley, American actor and vaudevillian (b. 1887)
  • 1961 – Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-American pianist (b. 1887)
  • 1959 – Lou Costello, American actor and comedian (b. 1906)
  • 1929 – Katharine Wright, American educator (b. 1874)
  • 1901 – George Gilman, American businessman, founded The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (b. 1826)
  • 1894 – Ned Williamson, American baseball player (b. 1857)
  • 1850 – Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (b. 1806)
  • 1792 – Robert Adam, Scottish-English architect and politician, designed the Culzean Castle (b. 1728)
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