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On This Day — March 2nd

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March 2nd is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 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).

Events

1717 – The Loves of Mars and Venus is the first ballet performed in England.

1797 – The Bank of England issues the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes.

1855 – Alexander II becomes Tsar of Russia.

1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

1956 – Morocco gains its independence from France.

1978 – Aboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 28, Czechoslovak military pilot Vladimír Remek became the first person from outside the Soviet Union or the United States to go into space.

Celebrity Births

Legendary Singer Jon Bon Jovi turns 56

James Bond Star Daniel Craig turns 50

Coldplay’s Chris Martin turns 41

Pitch Perfect’s Rebel Wilson turns 38

Jurassic World’s Bryce Dallas Howard turns 37

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