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1933 – The motion picture King Kong had its world premiere in New York.

0986 РLothair IV of the Franks dies March 2 at age 44 and is succeeded by his son, 19, who will reign briefly as Louis V (le Fain̩ant)

1127 – Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders

1498 – Vasco da Gama’s fleet visits Mozambique Island

1629 – English King Charles I dissolves Parliament against opposition, imprisoning 9 members of parliament

1699 – Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville builds Fort Maurepas on the Gulf of Mexico; French control now extends all the way down the Mississippi River.

1778 – Nathanael Greene is appointed Quartermaster General of the Continental Army under George Washington

1789 – Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances

1793 – Alexandre de Beauharnais, first husband of Joséphine de Beauharnais, is arrested during the Reign of Terror (later executed)

1807 – The U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.”

1819 – Territory of Arkansas organized

1836 – Texas declared its independence from Mexico and an ad interim government was formed.

1861 – The U.S. Congress created the Territory of Nevada.

1877 – In the U.S., Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election by the U.S. Congress. Samuel J. Tilden, however, had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.

1897 – U.S. President Cleveland vetoed legislation that would have required a literacy test for immigrants entering the country.

1899 – Mount Rainier National Park in Washington was established by the U.S. Congress.

1900 – The U.S. Congress voted to give $2 million in aid to Puerto Rico.

1901 – The U.S. Congress passed the Platt amendment as a condition for withdrawal of U.S. troops.

1903 – The Martha Washington Hotel opened for business in New York City. The hotel had 416 rooms and was the first hotel exclusively for women.

1907 – In Hamburg, Germany, dock workers went on strike after the end of the night shift. British strike breakers were brought in. The issue was settled on April 22, 1907.

1915 – Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine

1925 – State and federal highway officials developed a nationwide route-numbering system and adopted the familiar U.S. shield-shaped, numbered marker.

1929 – The U.S. Court of Customs & Patent Appeals was created by the U.S. Congress.

1933 – The motion picture King Kong had its world premiere in New York.

1937 – Mexico nationalizes oil

1939 – The Massachusetts legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. These first ten amendments had gone into effect 147 years before.

1942 – Ten Jews are hung in Zdunsk Wola near Lodz as substitutes for “the 10 hanged sons of Haman.”

1946 – Ho Chi Minh was elected President of Vietnam.

1949 – The B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II landed in Fort Worth, TX. The American plane had completed the first non-stop around-the-world flight.

1951 – National Defence publish first Canadian casualty list from Korea; six soldiers killed

1955 – King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates the throne in favor of his father, King Norodom Suramarit

1958 – The first surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days

1962 – Burmese army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup d’état, transforming Burma into a one-party socialist state under the Burmese Way to Socialism ideology

1969 – In Toulouse, France, the supersonic transport Concorde made its first test flight.

1970 – Ottawa stops foreign takeover of Denison Mines, Canada’s largest uranium mining company, by US interests

1972 – The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.

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

1982 – Terror group “The Illuminated Path” frees 260 prisoners in Peru

1983 – The U.S.S.R. performed an underground nuclear test.

1984 – The first McDonald’s franchise was closed. A new location was opened across the street from the old location in Des Plaines, IL.

1985 – The U.S. government approved a screening test for AIDS to be used to keep infected blood from entering the blood supply.

1987 – The U.S. government reported that the median price for a new home had gone over $100,000 for the first time.

1989 – Representatives from the 12 European Community nations all agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century.

1990 – A grenade attack at a Panama discotheque kills a US soldier and injures 28 other people.

1991 – Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings end to the 1991 Gulf War.

1994 – Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcast; it is, but he doesn’t

1995 – Russian anti-corruption journalist Vladislav Listyev was killed by a gunman in Moscow.

1995 – Nick Leeson was arrested for his role in the collapse of Britain’s Barings Bank.

1998 – Images from the American spacecraft Galileo indicated that the Jupiter moon Europa has a liquid ocean and a source of interior heat.

2000 – In Great Britain, Chile’s former President Augusto Pinochet Ugarte was freed from house arrest and allowed to return to Chile. Britain’s Home Secretary Jack Straw had concluded that Pinochet was mentally and physically unable to stand trial. Belgium, France, Spain and Switzerland had sought the former Chilean leader on human-rights violations.

2003 – Over the Sea of Japan, there was a confrontation between four armed North Korean fighter jets and a U.S. RC-135S Cobra Ball. No shots were fired in the encounter in international airspace about 150 miles off North Korea’s coast. The U.S. Air Force announced that it would resume reconnaissance flights on March 12.

2004 – War in Iraq: Al Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Iraq, killing 170 and wounding over 500

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.

2014 – President Vladimir Putin receives unanimous approval from Russia’s parliament to send troops to Ukraine

2016 – The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved sanctions on North Korea that included mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea, a ban on all sales and transfers of small arms and light weapons and expulsion of diplomats that engage in “illicit activities.” The sanctions were in reaction to the latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity.

2018 – Gunmen attack the French embassy and army HQ in suspected terrorist incident in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, killing 8 and injuring 80

2020 – Russian President Vladimir Putin proposes constitutional amendment banning gay marriage

2021 – Six books by Dr. Seuss will cease publication because of racist and insensitive imagery according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises

2023 – UN confirms it will ignore statements made by an Indian guru and now fugitive from the fictional country of the United States of Kailasa, made attending official UN events in Geneva

REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com



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