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ⓘ March 2. 2006 - The Nintendo DS goes on sale in Japan. 2004 – Iraq War: Al-Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Kerbala, killing 270 people. 2002 – As part ..




                                     

ⓘ March 2

  • 2006 - The Nintendo DS goes on sale in Japan.
  • 2004 – Iraq War: Al-Qaeda carries out the Ashoura Massacre in Kerbala, killing 270 people.
  • 2002 – As part of the US invasion of Afghanistan, Operation Anaconda is launched.
  • 2004 – In the US, John Kerry becomes the Democrats candidate for the US Presidential election, which he loses to George W. Bush eight months later.
  • 2019 - The SpX-DM1 space mission is launched; it is the first United States-launched manned mission since 2011.
  • 2012 – 27 people are killed as tornadoes sweep across the States of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
  • 2017 - Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly are held after the collapse of the power-sharing government.
  • 2008 – Dmitry Medvedev is elected President of Russia, due to Vladimir Putins term limits, though Putin becomes Prime Minister.
  • 2009 – President of Guinea-Bissau Joao Bernardo Vieira is killed in an armed attack on his home.
                                     

1.1. Births Up to 1900

  • 1860 - Susanna M. Salter, American politician d. 1961
  • 1859 – Sholom Aleichem, Russian novelist d. 1916
  • 1800 – Yevgeny Baratynsky, Russian poet d. 1844
  • 1878 - Wander Johannes de Haas, Dutch physicist and mathematician d. 1960
  • 1241 - Isabella of France, Queen of Navarre d. 1271
  • 1760 – Camille Desmoulins, French lawyer and journalist d. 1794
  • 1862 - Boris Borisovich Galitzine, Russian physicist d. 1916
  • 1885 - Victor Houteff, Bulgarian religious reformer and writer d. 1955
  • 1769 - DeWitt Clinton, 6th Governor of New York d. 1828
  • 1316 – King Robert II of Scotland d. 1390
  • 1824 – Bedeich Smetana, Czech composer d. 1884
  • 1810 – Pope Leo XIII d. 1903
  • 1880 – Ivar Kreuger, Swedish industrialist, known for the match stick monopoly d. 1932
  • 1876 – Pope Pius XII d. 1958
  • 1886 - Leo Gehr von Schweppenburg, German general d. 1974
  • 1842 – Carl Jacobsen, Danish brewer d. 1914
  • 1544 - Thomas Bodley, English diplomat and library founder d. 1613
  • 1851 - Franz von Liszt, German jurist d. 1919
  • 1883 - Nikos Kazantzakis, Greek writer d. 1957
  • 1793 – Sam Houston, President and Governor of Texas d. 1863
  • 959 - Emperor Enyu of Japan d. 991
  • 1459 – Pope Adrian VI d. 1523
  • 1836 - John W. Foster, United States Secretary of State d. 1917
  • 1894 - Alexander Oparin, Soviet biochemist d. 1980
  • 1829 – Carl Schurz, German politician and revolutionary d. 1906
  • 1843 - Princess Maria Clotilde of Saxony d. 1911
  • 1900 – Kurt Weill, German-born American composer d. 1950
  • 1816 - Alexander Bullock, 26th Governor of Massachusetts d. 1882
  • 1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman d. 1851
  • 1820 – Multatuli, Dutch writer d. 1887
  • 1868 - Edmund Schulthess, Swiss politician d. 1944
                                     

1.2. Births 1901 – 1950

  • 1902 – Edward Condon, American physicist d. 1974
  • 1926 – George Patrick Leonard Walker, British volcanologist d. 2005
  • 1938 - Aleksandar Kostov, Bulgarian footballer d. 2019
  • 1912 – Henry Katzman, American composer and pianist d. 2001
  • 1947 – Harry Redknapp, English football manager
  • 1908 - Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Soviet sniper d. 1968
  • 1921 - Ernst Haas, Austrian photojournalist d. 1986
  • 1914 - Martin Ritt, American movie director d. 1990
  • 1943 - Tony Meehan, British musician d. 2005
  • 1912 - William Thayer Tutt, American ice hockey executive d. 1989
  • 1948 - Jeff Kennett, Australian politician, 43rd Premier of Victoria
  • 1930 - Tom Wolfe, American writer d. 2018
  • 1904 – Dr. Seuss, American writer d. 1991
  • 1919 - Tamara Toumanova, Russian ballerina and actress d. 1996
  • 1931 – Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1901 - Grete Hermann, German mathematician d. 1984
  • 1923 - Masao Ono, Japanese footballer d. 2001
  • 1943 – Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer d. 2005
  • 1905 - Marc Blitzstein, American composer d. 1964
  • 1943 - B. Subhashan Reddy, Indian judge d. 2019
  • 1940 - Billy McNeill, Scottish footballer d. 2019
  • 1937 - Denny Crum, American basketball coach
  • 1922 - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American jazz tenor saxophonist d. 1986
  • 1934 - Howard Cassady, American football player d. 2019
  • 1926 - Murray Rothbard, American economist and philosopher d. 1995
  • 1942 - Kwang Jo Choi, Korean taekwondo champion
  • 1947 - Glenn OBrien, American journalist, editor and television presenter d. 2017
  • 1948 – Larry Carlton, American musician
  • 1926 - Bernard Agre, Ivorian cardinal d. 2014
  • 1949 - Gates McFadden, American actress
  • 1931 - Jean Perimony, French actor and theatre director d. 2017
  • 1923 - Robert H. Michel, American soldier and politician d. 2017
  • 1924 - Cal Abrams, American baseball player d. 1997
  • 1947 – Yuri Matiyasevich, Russian mathematician
  • 1921 - Cornelius Edward Gallagher, American politician d. 2018
  • 1930 - John Cullum, American actor and singer
  • 1917 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor, musician and bandleader d. 1986
  • 1919 – Jennifer Jones, American actress d. 2009
  • 1918 - Michael Rye, American voice actor d. 2012
  • 1923 - Dave Strack, American basketball coach d. 2014
  • 1930 – Sergei Kovalev, Russian dissident and politician
  • 1913 - Celedonio Romero, Spanish guitarist d. 1996
  • 1941 - John Cornell, Australian actor, director, producer and businessman
  • 1930 - Pat Arrowsmith, British author and peace campaigner
  • 1938 – Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile
  • 1949 - Alain Chamfort, French singer
  • 1905 - Roberto Francisco Chiari Remon, 31st President of Panama d. 1981
  • 1942 – Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Iranian politician
  • 1923 - Orrin Keepnews, American songwriter and producer d. 2015
  • 1942 – John Irving, American writer
  • 1942 – Lou Reed, American singer and guitarist d. 2013
  • 1932 – Gun Hagglund, Swedish television journalist d. 2011
  • 1948 - Rory Gallagher, Irish musician, songwriter and bandleader d. 1995
  • 1909 - Mel Ott, American baseball player d. 1958
  • 1940 – Lothar de Maiziere, German lawyer and politician
  • 1949 - J. P. R. Williams, Welsh rugby player
  • 1923 - Basil Hume, Archbishop of Westminster d. 1999
  • 1950 – Karen Carpenter, American singer d. 1983
  • 1944 – Uschi Glas, German actress
  • 1921 - Kazimierz Gorski, Polish footballer d. 2006
  • 1908 - Walter Bruch, German electrical engineer d. 1990
  • 1937 – Abdelaziz Bouteflika, former President of Algeria
  • 1940 - Mamnoon Hussain, 12th President of Pakistan
  • 1941 - David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States
  • 1939 - Takako Shimazu, Japanese royal
  • 1939 - Irina Bogacheva, Russian mezzo-soprano d. 2019
                                     

1.3. Births 1951 – 1975

  • 1952 - Laraine Newman, American actress, comedienne and writer
  • 1958 - Kevin Curren, South African tennis player
  • 1958 – Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer
  • 1957 - Mark Dean, American computer scientist
  • 1965 – Lembit Opik, British politician
  • 1953 - Russ Feingold, American politician
  • 1971 - Dave Gorman, British comedian
  • 1971 - Amber Smith, American actress and model
  • 1956 – Mark Evans, Australian musician AC/DC
  • 1954 - Eddie Johnstone, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1963 - Anthony Albanese, Australian politician
  • 1968 – Daniel Craig, British actor
  • 1962 - Morioka Hiroyuki, Japanese writer
  • 1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, American musician Bon Jovi
  • 1972 – Mauricio Pochettino, Argentine footballer
  • 1971 – Lisa Lackey, Australian actress
  • 1959 - Larry Stewart, American singer
  • 1962 - Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
  • 1970 - James Purnell, British politician
  • 1961 - Simone Young, Australian conductor
  • 1956 - Eduardo Rodriguez, former President of Bolivia
  • 1955 - Jay Osmond, American drummer and singer
  • 1956 - John Cowsill, American musician
  • 1963 - Henry Bolton, British politician, former leader of UKIP
  • 1970 – Alexander Armstrong, British comedian and television presenter
  • 1973 - Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
  • 1971 - Method Man, American rapper, producer and actor
  • 1955 - Ken Salazar, American politician
  • 1971 - Norbert Hofer, Austrian politician
  • 1951 – Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize
  • 1960 - Debra Marshall, American wrestler, manager and actress
  • 1955 – Shoko Asahara, Japanese cult leader Aum Shinrikyo
  • 1973 – Trevor Sinclair, English footballer


                                     

1.4. Births From 1976

  • 1976 - França, Brazilian footballer
  • 1989 - Toby Alderweireld, Belgian footballer
  • 1990 - Lee Hongki, South Korean singer and actor
  • 1979 - Sergei Davydov, Belarussian figure skater
  • 2016 - Prince Oscar, Duke of Skane, Swedish royal
  • 1984 - Elizabeth Jagger, English model and actress
  • 1988 – Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver
  • 1979 – Damien Duff, Irish footballer
  • 1997 - Becky G, American rapper
  • 1977 – Chris Martin, English musician Coldplay
  • 1986 - Babacar Gueye, French-Senegalese footballer
  • 1979 - Nicky Weaver, English footballer
  • 1988 - James Arthur, British singer
  • 1982 - Pilou Asbaek, Danish actor
  • 1979 – Francesco Tavano, Italian footballer
  • 1983 - Lisandro Lopez, Argentine footballer
  • 1989 - Marcel Hirscher, Austrian alpine skier
  • 1982 - Jade Galbraith, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 – Luke Pritchard, British singer The Kooks
  • 1988 - Dexter Pittman, American basketball player
  • 1977 – Andrew Strauss, English cricketer
  • 1990 - Rauno Alliku, Estonian footballer
  • 1980 - Rebel Wilson, Australian actress
  • 1981 - Bryce Dallas Howard, American actress, writer and director
  • 1982 – Ben Roethlisberger, American football player
  • 1981 – Lance Cade, American professional wrestler d. 2010
  • 1998 - Tua Tagovailoa, American football player
  • 1982 – Kevin Kuranyi, German footballer
  • 1993 - Mariya Yaremchuk, Ukrainian singer
  • 1985 - Suso Santana, Spanish footballer
  • 1983 - Ryan Shannon, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 - Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey player
                                     

2.1. Deaths Up to 1900

  • 1729 – Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist b. 1662
  • 1895 – Berthe Morisot, French painter b. 1841
  • 1589 - Alessandro Farnese, Italian cardinal b. 1520
  • 1835 – Francis, Holy Roman Emperor b. 1768
  • 855 – Lothair I, King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor b. 795
  • 1619 – Anne of Denmark, Queen Consort of Scotland, England and Ireland b. 1574
  • 1895 – Ismail Pasha, Governor of Egypt b. 1830
  • 1840 - Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers, German physician and astronomer b. 1758
  • 1855 – Tsar Nicholas I of Russia b. 1796
  • 1791 – John Wesley, English founder of Methodism b. 1703
  • 1829 - Karl Gottfried Hagen, German polymath b. 1749
  • 1316 - Marjorie Bruce, died shortly after giving birth to Robert II of Scotland, b. 1296
  • 1127 – Charles I, Count of Flanders
  • 672 - Chad of Mercia, Anglo-Saxon abbot
  • 1797 – Horace Walpole, English politician and writer b. 1717
                                     

2.2. Deaths 1901 – 2000

  • 1921 – Nicholas I of Montenegro b. 1841
  • 1967 – Jose Martinez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer b. 1873
  • 1982 – Philip K. Dick, American writer b. 1928
  • 1987 - Randolph Scott, American actor and director b. 1898
  • 1975 – Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician and opposition activist b. 1929 unsolved murder
  • 1999 – Dusty Springfield, English singer b. 1939
  • 1939 – Howard Carter, British archaeologist b. 1874
  • 1994 - Maurice Bambier, French politician b. 1925
  • 1991 – Serge Gainsbourg, French singer b. 1928
  • 1949 – Pietro Ferrero, Italian businessman and confectioner b. 1898
  • 1945 – Emily Carr, Canadian artist b. 1871
  • 1962 - Charles Jean de la Vallee-Poussin, Belgian mathematician b. 1866
  • 1943 - Gisela Januszewska, Austrian physicist b. 1867
  • 1994 - Anita Morris, American actress and singer b. 1943
  • 1987 - Lolo Soetoro, Indonesian stepfather of Barack Obama b. 1935
  • 1930 – D. H. Lawrence, British writer b. 1885
  • 1960 - Stanislaw Taczak, Polish general b. 1874
  • 1919 – Melchora Aquino, Filipino national hero b. 1812
  • 1965 - Mikheil Tsereteli, Georgian historian and diplomat b. 1878
  • 2000 - Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler b. 1963
  • 1953 – James Lightbody, American athlete b. 1882


                                     

2.3. Deaths From 2001

  • 2010 – Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician b. 1940
  • 2016 - Janusz Bolonek, Polish Roman Catholic prelate and diplomat b. 1938
  • 2019 - Arnulf Baring, German political scientist and historian b. 1932
  • 2015 - Francisco Gonzalez Ledesma, Spanish novelist, comics writer, and journalist b. 1927
  • 2009 – Ernst Benda, German politician b. 1925
  • 2018 - Ota Filip, Czech novelist and journalist b. 1930
  • 2018 - Gillo Dorfles, Italian art critic, painter and philosopher b. 1910
  • 2019 - Keith Davis, New Zealand rugby union player b. 1930
  • 2015 - Dave Mackay, Scottish footballer b. 1934
  • 2011 – Thor Vilhjalmsson, Icelandic writer b. 1925
  • 2011 - Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistani politician b. 1968
  • 2014 - Peter Bares, German composer b. 1936
  • 2018 - Carlo Ripa di Meana, Italian politician b. 1929
  • 2019 - Ogden R. Reid, American politician and diplomat b. 1925
  • 2015 - Dean Hess, American minister and air force colonel b. 1917
  • 2007 – Henri Troyat, French writer b. 1911
  • 2019 - Fred Hill, American baseball coach b. 1934
  • 2019 - Rafael Torija de la Fuente, Spanish Roman Catholic prelate b. 1927
  • 2016 - Marion Patrick Jones, Trinidadian writer b. 1931
  • 2016 - Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern, German royal and art historian b. 1932
  • 2004 - Mercedes McCambridge, American actress b. 1918
  • 2008 – Jeff Healey, Canadian musician b. 1966
  • 2014 - Molly Bobak, Canadian writer, painter and printmaker b. 1922
  • 2019 - Keith Harvey Miller, American politician, 3rd Governor of Alaska b. 1925
  • 2013 - Hans Schnitger, Dutch field hockey player b. 1915
  • 2016 - Paul Webley, English educator b. 1953
  • 2019 - Werner Schneyder, Austrian director and actor b. 1937
  • 2019 - Med Hondo, Mauritanian-French film director, screenwriter and actor b. 1936
  • 2014 - Ryhor Baradulin, Belarussian painter b. 1935
  • 2016 - Aubrey McClendon, American energy and basketball executive b. 1959
  • 2017 - Simon Hobday, South African golfer b. 1940
  • 2017 - Andres Ocaña, Spanish politician b. 1954
  • 2003 - Hank Ballard, American singer b. 1927
  • 2017 - Tommy Gemmell, Scottish footballer b. 1943
  • 2017 - Howard Schmidt, American cybersecurity advisor b. 1950
  • 2019 - Francisco Macri, Italian-Argentine businessman b. 1930
  • 2009 – Joao Bernardo Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau b. 1939
  • 2018 - Brandon Jenkins, American singer-songwriter b. 1969
                                     

3. Observances

  • Independence Day Morocco
  • Peasants Day Burma
  • Read Across America Day in the United States Birthday of Dr. Seuss
  • Victory at Adwa Day Ethiopia
  • Texas Independence Day