What are the important events that happened on March 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
March 2: Facts & Myths About This Day
March 2 is the 61st day of the year 2023 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 304 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is February 17, 2023 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 27,961,920 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hexacontahenagon’ day.
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Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 345 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 3,723 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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March 2 Historical Events
Burgundian Wars: The Old Swiss Confederacy hands Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, a major defeat in the Battle of Grandson in Canton of Neuchâtel.
In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.
World War II: Battle of the Bismarck Sea – United States and Australian forces sink Japanese convoy ships.
In Toulouse, France, the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted.
Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown.
Compact Disc players and discs are released for the first time in the United States and other markets. They had only been available in Japan before then.
Nelson Mandela is elected deputy President of the African National Congress.
Researchers at Fermilab announce the discovery of the top quark.
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
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).
Who were born on March 2?
Sholom Aleichem, Russian novelist (d. 1916)
BarBara Luna, American actress
Eddie Johnstone, Canadian ice hockey player
Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
Amber Smith, American actress and model
Tomáš Kaberle, Czech ice hockey player
Elizabeth Jagger, English model and actress
Alemão, Brazilian footballer
Shane Vereen, American college football player
Toby Alderweireld, Belgian footballer
Who died on March 2?
Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
Pierre Guérin de Tencin, French cardinal (b. 1679)
Samuel Thomas von Sömmering, German physician (b. 1755)
Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, Emperor of Russia (b. 1796)
Isma'il Pasha, Governor of Egypt (b. 1830)
Ben Harney, American composer and pianist (b. 1871)
James Lightbody, American middle distance runner (b. 1882)
José Martínez Ruiz, Spanish poet and writer (b. 1873)
Serge Gainsbourg, French singer (b. 1928)
Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
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