Today (as I am writing this) is Sunday March 2,2014 and it is my birthday. I am 47 years old. I think about all that has happened in my life. I know what I have been doing and was wondering what things have happened in the world during my 47 years on this planet. I have decided to go year by year and see what events occurred on March 2nd every year for the past 47 years. What can happen in a lifetime? Let’s see. March 2, 1967. On that day the original “Star Trek” series first aired the episode “This Side of Paradise.” Being a lover of the original series this is more than okay with me.
March 2, 1968. World’s Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (US).
March 2, 1969. 1st test flight of the supersonic Concorde. This plane really improved the speed at which we could travel by flight. Like many things it would not last.
Top Speed: 1,350 mph (2,172 km/h)
Introduced: January 21, 1976
Retired: November 26, 2003
First Flight: March 2, 1969
Range: 4,505 miles (7,250 km)
Engine Type: Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593
March 2, 1970. The Supreme Court ruled draft evaders can not be penalized after 5 years.
March 2, 1971. Nothing major or memorable happened on this day in history so I will share that March 2nd is a birthday that I share with Desi Arnaz (1917-1986)
March 2, 1972. On March 2, 1972, engineers from Glenn (formerly Lewis) launched Pioneer 10 from the Cape Kennedy, carrying Earth’s first space probe to an outer planet.
March 2, 1973. “Black September” terrorists occupy Saudi Embassy in Khartoum.
March 2, 1974. “The 16th Annual Grammy Awards” are held. Bette Midler wins “Best New Artist”
March 2, 1975. Another day in history that not much happened so another person who shares the same birthday with me is the sensational actress Jennifer Jones (1919-2009) Some of my favorite Jennifer Jones movies: “Good Morning Miss Dove”, “The Song of Bernadette” and “The Towering Inferno.”
March 2, 1976. Walt Disney World logged its 50 millionth guest to attend.
March 2, 1977. Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.
March 2, 1978. Soyuz 28 carries 2 cosmonauts (1 Czechoslovakian) to Salyut 6.
March 2, 1979. An uneventful day so another celebrity that shares March 2nd with me, everyone’s childhood favorite, author Dr. Seuss (1904-1991). “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!” Theodor Seuss Geisel.
March 2, 1980. Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic.
March 2, 1981. Shock Jock Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WWDC in Washington DC.
March 2, 1982. Terror group “The Illuminated Path” frees 260 prisoners in Peru.
March 2, 1983. Compact Disc (CD) recordings developed by Phillips & Sony are introduced.
March 2, 1984. John Long (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
March 2, 1985. United States approves screening test for AIDS.
March 2, 1986. Protesters try to stop the Land Rover motor company being sold to the United States.
March 2, 1987. Actor Randolph Scott passes away at age 89. Although he appeared in all genres of film he is fondly remembered for his work in Westerns. Some of his films include “Jesse James” and “Badman’s Territory.”
March 2, 1988. “The 30th Annual Grammy Awards” Winner for Best Comedy Recording: Robin Williams for “A Night at the Met”
March 2, 1989. Exxon Houston runs aground in Hawaii, spilling 117,000 gallons of oil.
March 2, 1990. Greyhound Bus workers go on strike causing travel issues for many.
March 2, 1991. Del Ballard Jr throws the most famous gutter ball in all of PBA Tour history.
March 2, 1992. Moldova joins the United Nations.
March 2, 1993. Actress Claudette Colbert, suffers a stroke at age 89. She lived until 1996.
March 2, 1994. Branch Davidian cult leader David Koresh promises to surrender if a taped statement he made is broadcast. The statement is broadcast but he does not surrender.
March 2, 1995. “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” opens at Virginia Theater in New York City.
March 2, 1996. Jacobo Majluta, president of the Dominican Republic (1982), dies at age 61.
March 2, 1997. Saudi Arab billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal aquires 5% of Apple. In March 2013, Forbes listed Al Waleed as the 26th-richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of US $20 Billion.
March 2, 1998. Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
March 2, 1999. English pop singer Dusty Springfield passes away at age 59. Some of her most popular songs include “Son of a Preacher Man”, “Mama Said” and “You Don’t Own Me.”
March 2, 2000. Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet heads home after being told the UK would not extradite him on torture charges.
March 2, 2001. The Taliban begin their destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan, in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan.
March 2, 2002. U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: Operation Anaconda begins, (ending on March 19 after killing 500 Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, with 11 Western troop fatalities).
March 2, 2003. The first International Symposium on Taiwan Sign Language Linguistics is held at Chung Cheng University.
March 2, 2004. Actress Mercedes McCambridge passes away at age 87. Originally a radio actor she made her break into film in 1949’s “All the King’s Men” earning that year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She appeared in many films and television shows including “Johnny Guitar” and “Dr. Kildare.” She will always be most memorable to me as the voice of the demon Pazuzu in my all-time favorite movie, “The Exorcist.”
March 2, 2005. I don’t see that anything noteworthy happened that day so another March 2nd baby that I share a birthday with is the enchanting Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of Ron Howard and a phenomenal actress with roles in “The Village”, “Spider-Man 3” and “The Help”
March 2, 2006. Televangelist Pat Robertson loses his bid for re-election to the board of directors of the National Religious Broadcasters.
March 2, 2007. Theatrical films released on this day included “Black Snake Moan” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Christina Ricci, “Wild Hogs” starring John Travolta and Tim Allen and “Zodiac” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo.
March 2, 2008. A Lufthansa Airbus 320 nearly crashes while landing in Hamburg, Germany due to high winds. The pilot was able to stabilize the plane and successfully landed on the second try. No one was injured.
March 2, 2009. A winter storm in the eastern United States not only cancels 1,000 flights but also leaves hundreds of thousands of people without electricity.
March 2, 2010. Downing Street rejected Hillary Clinton’s offer to help Britain and Argentina resolve their dispute over the Falkland Islands. The Secretary of State made an offer because of the tensions that had been triggered by the U.K.’s decision to drill for oil there. A governmental spokesman said that Britain welcomed her comments, but did not think her involvement was necessary.
March 2, 2011. Again it is time to share a celebrity who shares March 2nd as a birthday. This time I am going to musician and actor Jon Bon Jovi. Some of his albums include “Bon Jovi”, “Keep the Faith” and “Lost Highway”. He has appeared on television on “Ally McBeal” and “30 Rock” and his films include “Pay It Forward” and “Cry Wolf”.
March 2, 2012. The March 2–3, 2012 tornado outbreak was a deadly weather event that occurred over a large section of the Southern United States into the Ohio Valley region. The storms resulted in 41 tornado-related fatalities, 22 of which occurred in Kentucky. Tornado-related deaths also occurred in Alabama, Indiana, and Ohio. The outbreak was the second deadliest in early March for the U.S. since official records began in 1950.
March 2, 2013. The 739th episode of Saturday Night Live aired on March 2, 2013. It was hosted by Kevin Hart and the musical guests were Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who performed “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.”…
…Which brings us to today.
March 2, 2014. This morning I awoke at 10:17 am. I treated myself by sleeping in. I got up anticipating that first cup of delicious java but first I needed to relieve my bladder. I apparently did not close the door very well because as I was peeing the dog pushed the door and let herself in with me. This normally would be fine but I slept in so what this boils down to is everyone was up, my husband and our roommates (another married couple) so everyone got a beautiful view of me peeing and trying to figure out how to reach the door to shut it. Mind you, I would need an arm about 3 feet long to accomplish this. I might have felt better if I had some make-up on and my hair not looking like a rat’s nest. Then to my horror I discovered that the place I wanted to eat lunch at (Mel’s Hot Dogs) is not open on Sunday. We also treated the carpet with a flea treatment that had an overpowering peppermint scent and I got a headache. I watched my favorite show (The Walking Dead) at 9:00 pm. The episode was titled ‘Still” and it did not disappoint. I love this show! At the Academy Awards tonight “12 Years a Slave” took home the Oscar for Best Picture.
Now go and research your birthday by year. You will have fun and discover how many events come about while we are living our lives. What happens in a lifetime? Check yours and see. Have a wonderful week and be safe.