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On this day in history - March 2

What Happened On This Day – March 2

  • 1995 The top quark is discovered

    The existence of this elementary particle, the bottom quark's counterpart, had been presumed since the 1970's.

  • 1970 Rhodesia declares itself an independent republic

    By severing the country's ties with the United Kingdom, white Prime Minister Ian Smith attempted to prevent the institution of black majority rule.

  • 1969 Concorde takes off on its maiden flight

    The supersonic airliner was retired in 2003, after Air France Flight 4590 crashed shortly after takeoff from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on July 25, 2000.

  • 1959 Miles Davis records Kind of Blue

    It is considered the best-selling jazz album in history and one of the most influential works of jazz music ever produced.

  • 1933 The film King Kong premieres

    The black and white movie marked a milestone in the history of film, especially due to Willis O’Brien's stop-motion effects.

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Births On This Day,
March 2

  • 1968 Daniel Craig

    English actor

  • 1962 Jon Bon Jovi

    American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actor

  • 1931 Mikhail Gorbachev

    Soviet lawyer, politician, President of the Soviet Union, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1904 Dr. Seuss

    American author, poet, illustrator

  • 1900 Kurt Weill

    German/American composer

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Deaths On This Day,
March 2

  • 1999 Dusty Springfield

    English singer, producer

  • 1991 Serge Gainsbourg

    French singer-songwriter, actor, director

  • 1982 Philip K. Dick

    American author

  • 1930 D. H. Lawrence

    English novelist

  • 1619 Anne of Denmark