Holidays Calendar for March 2, 2016

Victory at Adwa Day is an Ethiopian public holiday that commemorates the victory of the Ethiopian Empire over the Kingdom of Italy in 1896. It is celebrated on March 2.

Peasants Day is a public holiday observed in Myanmar on March 2. It commemorates the anniversary of Ne Win's coup in 1962.

On March 2, the citizens of Anguilla celebrate a public holiday, James Ronald Webster's birthday. It honors the leader of the Anguillian Revolution and two-time Chief Minister of Anguilla.

Air Force Day in Sri Lanka is celebrated on March 2. The holiday commemorates the creation of the Royal Ceylon Air Force (now the Sri Lanka Air Force) in 1951, three years after the country's independence.

Read Across America Day is an annual observance in the United States inaugurated by the National Education Association. It falls on the school day closest to March 2, the birthday of American author of children's books Dr. Seuss.

There is nothing better than banana cream pie for dessert. And what about double banana cream pie? Sounds good for National Banana Cream Pie Day that falls on March 2.

This Day in History

  • 2012 Died: Lawrence Anthony, South African environmentalist, explorer, and author. Anthony founded The Earth Organization and rescued the Baghdad zoo during 2003 invasion of Iraq. He is also known for best-selling books Babylon's Ark, The Elephant Whisper and The Last Rhinos.
  • 2004 Died: Mercedes McCambridge, American actress, best known for the roles in All the King's Men and Giant. McCambridge provided the voice of Pazuzu in The Exorcist and was called "the world's greatest living radio actress".
  • 2004 The Ashora Massacre in Iraq: Al-Qaeda made a series of planned explosions that killed at least 178 and injured more that 500 Muslims. This day is known as one of the deadliest days in the Iraq occupation.
  • 1998 The Earth received the data sent from Galileo spacecraft that indicated Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
  • 1995 Researches at Fermilab, USA, announced the discovery of the top quark, a fundamental constituent of matter.
  • 1992 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan joined the United Nations.
  • 1991 Died: Serge Gainsbourg, French singer-songwriter, actor, and director. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in French music. His songs were sung by Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Vanessa Paradis and other known singers.
  • 1989 12 European Community nations banned the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (mainly used as refrigerants, solvents and propellants) by the end of the century.
  • 1983 The compact disks and players were released in the USA and other world markets. They previously had been available only in Japan.
  • 1982 Died: Philip K. Dick, American author in the science fiction genre. His most notable work Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? served as the primary basis for the film Blade Runner.
  • 1978 Czech Vladimír Remek became the first non-Russian or non-American astronaut to go into space.
  • 1977 Born: Chris Martin, English singer-songwriter and producer, best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of Coldplay.
  • 1968 Born: Daniel Craig, English actor, who became world famous for the role as secret agent James Bond 007.
  • 1962 Born: Jon Bon Jovi, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi.
  • 1949 The first automatic streetlight was introduced in New Milford, Connecticut.
  • 1945 Died: Emily Carr, Canadian painter. Carr became one of the Canadian modernist and post-impressionist. Today her works are described as a Canadian icon.
  • 1943 Born: Peter Straub, American author, best known for horror fiction. He received numerous literary honors (Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award and International Horror Guild Award) for his novels.
  • 1942 Born: John Irving, American author, best known for The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany and A Widow for One Year novels. Some of his novels were adapted to films and set in Phillips Exeter Academy.
  • 1939 Died: Howard Carter, English archaeologist, famous for discovering the intact tomb of the 14th-century BC pharaoh Tutankhamun.
  • 1930 Died: D. H. Lawrence, English author, poet, and playwright. Many of his works, including Lady Chatterley's Lover, were found to be obscene and banned.
  • 1914 Born: Martin Ritt, American actor, director, and playwright, best known for The Long Hot Summer, The Outrage, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Sounder, Norma Ray movies. He received numerous Golden Globes and Academy Awards as Best Director.
  • 1902 Born: Edward Condon, American nuclear physicist, a pioneer in quantum mechanics. Condon known as a member of Manhattan Project that developed the radar and nuclear weapons during World War II.
  • 1882 Queen Victoria escaped an assassination attempt by Roderick McLean in Windsor.
  • 1855 Died: Nicholas I of Russia, the emperor of Russia. His reign was marked by geographical expansion, repression of dissent, economic stagnation, poor administrative policies, a corrupt bureaucracy, and frequent wars.
  • 1830 Died: Samuel Thomas von Sömmerring, German physician, the discoverer of the macula in retina of the human eye. His investigations on the brain and nervous system, the sensory organs and the embryo made him one of the most important German anatomists.
  • 1824 Born: Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer and pioneer of the development of musical style, that is closely associated with his country. Smetana is widely regarded as the father of Czech music and internationally known for his opera The Bartered Bride.
  • 1820 Born: Multatuli, Dutch author famous for his satirical novel Max Havelaar, that denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies (modern Indonesia).
  • 1817 Born: János Arany, Hungarian journalist and poet, best known as the "Shakespeare of ballads". Arany wrote more than 40 ballads which were translated in over 50 languages. Toldi trilogy is one of his most famous works.
  • 1797 Died: Horace Walpole, English historian and man of letters. His letters made his literary reputation and they are considered of significant social and political interest. Today Walpole is largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the Gothic style home he built in Twickenham, and the Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto.
  • 1657 A fire that lasted for 3 days in Edo (now Tokyo), Japan, caused more that 100,000 deaths.