Today in History for 2nd March 2020

Historical Events

1925 – SDAP-Second-Faction of parliament demands drastic disarmament
1934 – Union Pacific tests light-weight high-speed passenger train, Omaha
1938 – Landslides and floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles California)
1940 – Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island, Finland
2002 – 40-year old South African boxer ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala ends his 22-year career with a 7th-round TKO win over Columbia’s Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title in Johannesburg
2016 – Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes

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Famous Birthdays

1481 – Franz von Sickingen, German knight
1844 – Dr. Schaepman [Herman Schaepman], Dutch poet, Roman Catholic priest, theologian, and politician
1966 – Judith Wiesner, Austrian tennis player (World #12 1997; captain Austria’s Federation Cup team 2001), born in Hallein Austria
1972 – Richard Ruccolo, American actor
1975 – Daryl Gibson, New Zealand rugby union centre (19 caps; Canterbury Crusaders) and coach (NSW Waratahs), born in Lumsden, New Zealand
1984 – Elizabeth Jagger, English model and actress

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Famous Deaths

1729 – Francesco Bianchini, Italian philosopher and scientist, dies at 66
1800 – Christian Friedrich Schale, composer, dies at 86
1868 – Carl Eberwein, German composer and violinist, dies at 81
1887 – August W. Eichler, German botanist (developed a new system of classification of plants to reflect the concept of evolution), dies at 47
1938 – Ben Harney, American composer and “Father of Ragtime Piano” (You’ve Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), dies of a heart attack at 66
2012 – James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80

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