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1989Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

198260th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier

197416th Grammy Awards: Killing Me Softly, Bette Midler wins

1965One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released

1962JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing

1962Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game

1936Bradman scores 369 in 253 mins, SA v Tasmania, 46 fours 4 sixes

1903Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC

1877Rutherford B. Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory

1977Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

201486th Academy Awards: "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaughey & Cate Blanchett win

1867Jesse James gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 dead

1872Louis Riel goes into voluntary exile in St. Paul, Minnesota

1969Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season

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

1994Miami begins a latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan

1946Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam

1927Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)

1997Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open

1989NY Met Darryl Strawberry swings at teammate Keith Hernandez

March 2nd Historical Events
Date Event
986
Louis V becomes King of the Franks. 
1121
Dirk VI becomes count of Holland 
1127
Assassination of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders. 
1458
Hussite George van Podiebrad chosen king of Bohemia 
1498
Vasco da Gama's fleet visits Mozambique Island 
1629
English King Charles I dissolves Parliament against opposition, imprisoning 9 members of parliament 
1675
Prince William III installed as governor of Overijssel 
1717
The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England. 
1776
Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston 
1789
Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances 
1791
Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris. 
1799
Congress standardizes US weights & measures 
1807
Congress bans slave trade effective January 1, 1808 
1808
The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a former Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh. 
1815
Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King. 
1817
1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Penn 
1819
Territory of Arkansas organized 
1819
US passed its 1st immigration law 
1824
Interstate commerce comes under federal control 
1825
1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC 
1829
New England Asylum for the Blind, 1st in US, incorporated, Boston 
1831
John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission 
1836
Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico 
1842
The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree near Liverpool England is won by Gaylad, ridden by Tom Olliver. 
1853
Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Ter 
1855
Aleksandr Romanov becomes tsar of Russia 
1858
Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie 
1861
Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant, Washington 
1861
US creates Dakota & Nevada Territories out of the Nebraska & Utah ter 
1865
British newspaper "Morning Chronicle" begins publishing 
1865
Freedman's Bureau founded for Black Education, 1865 
1865
Conferate General Early's army is defeated at the battle of Waynesboro VA during American Civil War 
1865
Second Taranaki War: The Volkner Incident in New Zealand. 
1866
1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn 
1867
1st Reconstruction act passed by US Congress 
1867
US Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico 
1867
US Congress created the Department of Education 
1867
Jesse James gang robs bank in Savannah Missouri, 1 dead 
1867
US Congress creates the Department of Education 
1868
University of Illinois opens 
1872
Louis Riel goes into voluntary exile in St. Paul, Minnesota 
1874
Baseball batter's box is officially adopted 
1877
Rutherford B. Hayes (R) declared president despite Samuel J Tilden (D) winning the popular vote, but is 1 electoral vote shy of victory 
1887
American Trotting Association organized in Detroit 
1888
The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace. 
1889
Kansas passes 1st US antitrust 
1890
Oscar Fredriksen skates world record 5 km (9:19) 
1893
1st federal railroad legislation passed; required safety features 
1896
George Lohmann takes 9-28 v South Africa at Johannesburg 
1898
Australia complete a 4-1 series annihilation of England 
1899
Pres McKinley signs bill creating Mt Rainier Natl Park (5th in US) 
1901
Hawaii's 1st telegraph company opens 
1901
The United States Congress passes the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops. 
1902
Jimmy Collins, leaves Boston Beaneaters (NL) club to manage AL's new Boston Somersets 
1903
Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC 
1904
"Official Playing Rules of Professional Base Ball Clubs" adopted 
1904
Gabriele d'Annunzio's "La figlia di Iorio," premieres in Milan 
1907
General Louis Botha named premier of Transvaal 
1907
Georges Feydeaus' "La Puce à l'Oreille," premieres in Paris 
1909
Gr Brit, France, Germ & It asks Serbia to set no territorial demands 
1910
2 trains crash in snow storm in Wellington Washington, 118 die 
1915
British vice adm Carden begins bombing of Dardanelles forts 
1915
Vladmir Jabotinsky forms a Jewish military force to fight in Palestine 
1917
Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted 
1918
NY Yankees purchase 1st baseman George Burns from Detroit Tigers & immediately trades him to Phila A's 
1919
1st congress of Communist International opens at the Kremlin 
1920
Karel Capék's "Loupeznik," premieres in Prague 
1922
WBAP-AM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting 
1922
WLW-AM in Cincinnati OH begins radio transmissions 
1925
Dutch Socialists demand drastic disarmament 
1925
Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage 
1925
Nationwide road numbering system & US shield marker adopted 
1925
SDAP-Second-Faction of parliament demands drastic disarmament 
1927
Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year) 
1929
Chicago Black Hawks shut-out for NHL record 8th straight game 
1929
Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals 
1930
1st US indoor glider flight, St Louis Terminal Building 
1933
"King Kong," premieres at Radio City Music Hall & RKO Roxy NYC 
1933
Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hit Japan 
1934
Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha 
1936
Bradman scores 369 in 253 mins, SA v Tasmania, 46 fours 4 sixes 
1937
Mexico nationalizes oil 
1938
Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California) 
1938
Trials of Soviet leaders begins in the Soviet Union 
1939
Eugenio Pacelli chosen as Pope Pius XII 
1939
Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late 
1940
1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC 
1940
Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland 
1941
World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact. 
1942
14th Academy Awards - "How Green was My Valley," Cooper & Fontaine win 
1942
Admiral Helfrich departs Java for Ceylon 
1943
1st transport from Westerbork Neth to Sobibor concentration camp 
1944
16th Academy Awards - "Casablanca," Jennifer Jones & Paul Lukas win 
1944
Fumes from locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocates 521 in Italy 
1945
8th Air Force bombs Dresden 
1945
King Michael of Romania gives in to Communist government 
1946
Dutch troops land on East Bali 
1946
Ho Chi Minh elected president of North Vietnam 
1946
Kingman Douglass, becomes deputy director of CIA 
1949
1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct) 
1949
Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Tx, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs 
1951
1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston 
1952
Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open 
1953
The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC. 
1955
King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father 
1955
William Inge's "Bus Stop," premieres in NYC 
1956
Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France 
1958
1st surface crossing of Antarctic continent is completed in 99 days 
1958
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open 
1958
Yemen announces it would join the United Arab Republic 
1961
"13 Daughters" opens at 54th St Theater NYC for 28 performances 
1962
JFK announces US will resume above ground nuclear testing 
1962
Wilt Chamberlain scores incredible 100 points in an NBA game 
1962
In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seizes power in a coup. 
1964
Beatles begin filming "Hard Days Night," Harrison meets Patti Boyd 
1965
"Sound Of Music" opens 
1965
Montcalm Community College in Sidney Mich, founded 
1965
One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released 
1966
215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam 
1967
9th Grammy Awards: Strangers in Night, Michele wins 
1967
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1968
Ice Dance Championship at Geneva won by Towler & Ford (GRB) 
1968
Ice Pairs Championship at Geneva won by Belousova & Protopopov (USSR) 
1968
Men's Figure Skating Champions in Geneva won by Emmerich Danzer (AUT) 
1968
USAF displays Lockheed C-5A Galaxy, biggest plane in the world 
1968
USSR launches space probe Zond 4; fails to leave Earth orbit 
1968
Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US) 
1969
1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde 
1969
Chinese-Russian borders fight (approx 70 die) 
1969
Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony 
1969
Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season 
1970
American Airlines' 1st flight of a Boeing 747 
1970
Rhodesia becomes independent republic 
1970
Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years 
1972
Jean-Bédell Bokassa appoints himself pres for life of Cent African Rep 
1972
Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby 
1973
"Black September" terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum 
1974
16th Grammy Awards: Killing Me Softly, Bette Midler wins 
1974
1st class postage raised to 10 cents from 8 cents 
1974
Grand jury concludes Pres Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up 
1974
Greg Chappell makes 247* v NZ, 410 minutes, 29 fours 1 six 
1976
"Bubbling Brown Sugar" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 766 performances 
1976
Bob Lurie becomes CEO of SF Giants 
1976
Holgate, Kemp & Lopez' musical premieres in NYC 
1976
Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest 
1977
1st time Jay Leno appears on Tonight Show 
1977
Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award 
1977
Future Tonight Show host Jay Leno debuts with host Johnny Carson 
1977
Libya amends constitution 
1978
1st broadcast of "Dallas" on CBS TV 
1978
Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6 
1980
3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts 
1980
Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic 
1980
Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games 
1981
Aircraft hijacked by 3 Pakistani terrorists 
1981
Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Wash DC 
1982
60th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier 
1982
Terror group "The Illuminated Path" frees 260 prisoners in Peru 
1983
Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced 
1983
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
1984
Iran offensive against Iraq fails 
1984
John Long (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games 
1985
US approves screening test for AIDS 
1986
1st million-dollar purse for a handicap race won at Santa Anita 
1986
Mary Beth Zimmerman wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational 
1986
Protesters try to stop Land Rover motor company being sold to US 
1988
30th Grammy Awards: Graceland, Joshua Tree, Jody Watley 
1988
Dutch Liberal Party merged with SDP 
1989
12 European nations agree to ban chlorofluorocarbon production by 2000 
1989
Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spills 117,000 gallons of oil 
1989
Madonna's "Like a Prayer" premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial 
1989
NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers win 22nd straight home game 
1989
NY Met Darryl Strawberry swings at teammate Keith Hernandez 
1990
Greyhound Bus goes on strike 
1990
Mark Tewsksbury swims world record 50m backstroke (25.06 sec) 
1991
"Aspects of Love" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 377 perfs 
1991
"La Bete" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 24 performances 
1991
Deb Richard wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open 
1991
Del Ballard Jr throws most famous gutter ball in PBA Tour history 
1991
NC State Chris Corchiani becomes 1st NCAAer to get 1,000 assists 
1991
UN votes in favor of US resolutions for cease fire with Iraq 
1991
Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings end to the 1991 Gulf War. 
1992
Anita Hall swims female world record 200m freestyle (2:25.35) 
1992
Moldova joins the United Nations. 
1993
Claudette Colbert, suffers a stroke at 89 
1994
Miami begins a latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan 
1994
William Natcher, (Rep-D-Ky), casts his 18,401 & last consecutive vote 
1994
Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if taped statement is broadcasted, it is, but he doesn't 
1995
"Smokey Joe's Cafe," opens at Virginia Theater NYC 
1995
British trader Nick Leeson arrested for collapse of Barings Bank PLC 
1995
Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed 
1995
Space shuttle STS-67 (Endeavour 8), launches 
1996
Copeland swimming pool re-opened by Gladiator 
1996
Tendulkar scores 137 for Ind v SL in Cricket World Cup, but still lose 
1997
Gail Graham wins LPGA Alpine Australian Ladies Masters 
1997
Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open 
1997
Saudi Arab billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple 
1997
Soyuz TM-24 returns to Earth (Russia) 
1998
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice. 
2000
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges 
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). 
2003
The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University. 
2004
Voters in the U.S. state of Georgia vote on a referendum concerning its Confederacy-derived flag. 
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. 
2012
Tornadoes kill at least 27 people in the American states of Indiana and Kentucky 
2012
The Red Cross is denied access to provide relief to the Baba Amr district in Homs by the Syrian army 
2012
New fiscal compact to prevent excessive debt is signed by 25 out of 27 European Union members 
2014
86th Academy Awards: "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaughey & Cate Blanchett win 
2016
UN Security Council approves North Korea sanctions 
2016
EU unveils plan for $760M in aid for migrants 
2016
After 340 days in space, astronaut Scott Kelly back on Earth 
2016
Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon dies in car crash 
2016
Federal grand jury charges Chesapeake ex-CEO McClendon for rigging bids 
2017
47 Million Viewers Watched Trump's First Address to Congress 
2017
US, South Korea agree to strengthen cooperation on North Korea sanctions 
2017
'Beauty and the Beast' will introduce world to first gay Disney character 
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