March 2: Day of the Week
March 2, 2017 was the 61st day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 304 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.
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Here’s the March calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
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.
March 2 Historical Event(s)
- 1877U.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.
- 1901The U.S. Congress passes the Platt Amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition of the withdrawal of American troops.
- 1939Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli is elected Pope and takes the name Pius XII.
- 1949Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
- 1955King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicates the throne in favor of his father, King Norodom Suramarit.
- 1970Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown.
- 1972The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.
- 1978Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28.
- 1983Compact 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.
- 1989Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
Who were born on March 2?
- 1578George Sandys, English colonist and poet (d. 1644)
- 1904Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), American author (d. 1991)
- 1943Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (d. 2005)
- 1955Ken Salazar, American politician, United States Senator from Colorado, 50th United States Secretary of the Interior
- 1962Raimo Summanen, Finnish ice hockey player and coach
- 1978Giannis Skopelitis, Greek footballer
- 1980Karl Dominik, Polish-born actor
- 1985Luke Pritchard, British singer (The Kooks)
- 1985Suso Santana, Spanish football player
- 1989Shane Vereen, American college football player
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