March 2 is the 61st day of the year. There are 304 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).
+ 1807 – The U.S. Congress passes the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slaves into the country.
+ 1836 – Texas Revolution: The Declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico is adopted.
+ 1877 – U.S. presidential election, 1876: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
+ 1903 – In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.
+ 1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
+ 1961 – John F. Kennedy announces the creation of the Peace Corps in a nationally televised broadcast.
+ 1962 – Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by scoring 100 points.
+ 1995 – Yahoo! is incorporated.
( Births )
+ 1793 – Sam Houston, American soldier and politician, 1st President of the Republic of Texas (d. 1863)
+ 1904 – Dr. Seuss, American children's book writer, poet, and illustrator (d. 1991)
+ 1917 – Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor, singer, and producer (d. 1986)
+ 1931 – Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian lawyer and politician, President of the Soviet Union, Nobel Prize laureate
+ 1962 – Jon Bon Jovi, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actor