What Happened on March 2

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Historical Events

1121 – Dirk VI becomes count of Holland
1903 – Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC
1941 – World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.
1946 – Kingman Douglass becomes deputy director of CIA
1959 – Ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Sydney Opera House at Bennelong Point, Sydney
1970 – American Airlines’ 1st flight of a Boeing 747

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Famous Birthdays

1481 – Franz von Sickingen, German knight, born in Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg, Germany (d. 1523)
1908 – Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (d. 1968)
1917 – John Gardner, English classical composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 2011)
1963 – Tanyu Kiryakov, Bulgarian pistol shooter (Olympic gold 10m air pistol 1988, 50m pistol 2000), born in Ruse, Bulgaria
1970 – Alexander Armstrong, British comedian, TV presenter and baritone singer (Armstrong and Miller, Pointless), born in Rothbury, Northumberland
1982 – Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey goaltender (Olympic gold 2006; NHL Vezina Trophy 2012; NY Rangers), born in Åre, Sweden

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Famous Deaths

986 – Lotharius, King of France (954-86), dies at 44
1797 – Horace Walpole, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto), dies at 79
1822 – Friedrich Christian Hermann Uber, composer, dies at 40
1868 – Carl Eberwein, German composer and violinist, dies at 81
1970 – Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (b. 1888)
1975 – Jean Kurt Forest, German composer, dies at 65

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