A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on March 2nd. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On March 2, 1657, the city of Tokyo, Japan, then known as Edo, suffered a catastrophic fire that lasted 3 days and killed 100,000 Japanese people, a death toll greater than either of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
On March 2 and 3, 1859, the largest sale of African slaves in the United States came to a sad conclusion near Savannah, Georgia when the last slaves formerly owned by plantation owner Pierce Mease Butler (1807/10-1867) were sold in order for Butler to satisfy his considerable debts.
On March 2, 1933, the classic monster movie, King Kong, opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
On March 2, 1949, The Old Lamplighter became a memory and a song, but not an occupation, as automatic street lights started to shine, adding to the list in our previous article, “Famous Inventions by Ohioans”!
On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain, center for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored an National Basketball Association (NBA) single-game record of 100 points against the New York Knicks.
On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlain, center for the Philadelphia Warriors, scored an National Basketball Association (NBA) single-game record of 100 points against the New York Knicks. (NOTE: The link in the date for this entry leads to a different article than the other mention to this same event above.)
On March 2, 1978, space exploration history was made when Vladimír Remek, a pilot, politician, and diplomat from Czechoslovakia became the first person in space that was not Russian or American.
On March 2, 2016, we showcased an article on the first Automatic Street Light, but did you know that this invention was just one of many invented by brilliant Ohioans?
Q&A sessions with such standout celebrities as John Barrowman (Torchwood, Doctor Who), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), group sessions with the stars of Doctor Who (David Tennant and Billie Piper), Justice League (Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher), Torchwood (Gareth David Lloyd, Naoko Mori), the “Women of Pop Culture” (Holly Marie Combs, Charisma Carpenter), anime, video games, cosplayer and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests and more highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Comic Con Cleveland, March 2-4, 2018 at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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