2nd March

Born on this Day 2nd March
1545 Thomas Bodley
1578 George Sandys
1705 William Murray
1904 Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss)
1918 Peter O’Sullevan
1923 Cardinal Basil Hume
1941 Jon Finch
1943 Tony Meehan
1949 J. P. R. Williams
1950 Karen Carpenter
1931 Mikhail Gorbachev
1943 Lou Reed
1943 Tony Meehan
1949 J P R Williams
1958 Ian Woosnam
1962 Jon Bon Jovi
1965 Lembit Öpik
1968 Daniel Craig
1971 Dave Gorman
1973 Trevor Sinclair
1977 Chris Martin
1977 Andrew Strauss
1984 Elizabeth Jagger
1985 Luke Pritchard
1988 Keith Jack

Died On This Day
1930 D.H. Lawrence
1939 Howard Carter
1990 Randolph Scott


1958 Buddy Holly & The Crickets sang 3 songs on TV’s ‘Sunday Night At The London Palladium’.

1968 An advert in the NME claimed that singer/songwriter Elton John was 1968’s ‘greatest new talent’.

1983 Compact discs were officially launched in the UK.


1949 US aviator Captain James Gallagher and crew of 13 completed the first non-stop round-the-world flight in Lucky Lady II from Fort Worth in Texas.

1983 Liverpool lost by 2 goals to 0 in the first leg of the European Cup quarter-final against Widzew in Poland.

1994 Just days after competing in Norway, Jayne Torvil and Christopher Dean announced that they would not compete in the World Championships in Tokyo and were retiring from competeive skating.

People & Showbiz

1882 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes an assassination attempt in Windsor.

1990 English actor Strtaford Johns and his actress wife Nanette were awarded libel damages after allegations made in the Sun & the News of the World that they had assaulted their children.

General Events

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

1958 Vivien Fuchs, with a party of 12, completed the first crossing of the Antartic, having covered 2,158 miles in 99 days.

1969 In Toulouse, France the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted.

1985 It was reported that during the Indian state elections, 14 candidates were killed and over 400 were injured.

1989 English heritage announced that Stonehenge would be closed to th public during summer solstice to the public to prevent disorder. In the previous year 1,300 Wiltshire police escorted 5,000 new age travellers from the area.

1989 Former police officer David Pursall from Bristol was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal. He was killed while tackling a gunman.

1989 Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.

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