1578 George Sandys
, English colonist and poet, was born (d. 1644).
1717 The Loves of Mars and Venus was the first ballet performed in England.
1791 Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of asemaphore machine in Paris.
1793 Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, was born (d. 1863).
1807 The U.S. Congress passed an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States… from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.”
1808 The inaugural meeting of the Wernerian Natural History Society, a Scottish learned society, was held in Edinburgh.
1815 Signing of Kandyan treaty by British invaders and Sri Lankan King.
1836 Texas Revolution: Declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico.
1842 The Grand National steeplechase at Aintree was won by Gaylad, ridden by Tom Olliver who won two other Grand national winners.
1855 Alexander II became Tsar of Russia.
1861 Tsar Alexander II signed the emancipation reform into law, abolishing Russian serfdom.
1863 The U.S. Congress authorised track width of 4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) for Union Pacific Railroad.
1865 The Volkner Incident: Missionary Carl Völkner was hanged from a willow tree near his church at Opotiki during the East Cape War.
1877 Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declaresRutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.
1888 The Convention of Constantinople was signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
1901 The U.S. Congress passed the Platt amendment, limiting the autonomy of Cuba as a condition for the withdrawal of American troops.
1903 In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opened, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women.
1904 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), American author, was born (d. 1991).
1917 The enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act granted Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
1917 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-born actor and bandleader, was born (d. 1986).
1917 Nicholas II of Russia abdicated the throne in favor of his brotherMichael II.
1919 The first Communist International meets in Moscow.
1923 George Basil Cardinal Hume, Archbishop of Westminster, was born (d. 1999).
1931 Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the Soviet Union and Nobel laureate, was born.
1931 Tom Wolfe, American author, was born.
1933 The film King Kong opened at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
1937 The Steel Workers Organizing Committee signed a surprise collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel, leading to unionization of the United States steel industry.
1938 Ricardo Lagos, President of Chile, was born.
1938 Lawrence Payton, American singer and songwriter (The Four Tops), was born (d. 1997).
1939 Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope and took the name Pius XII.
1942 Lou Reed, American singer and guitarist, was born (d. 2013).
1943 Tony Meehan, English drummer (The Shadows), was born (d. 2005).
1946 Ho Chi Minh was elected the President of North Vietnam.
1948 Rory Gallagher, Irish guitarist, was born (d. 1995).
1949 Captain James Gallagher landed his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady IIin Fort Worth, after completing the first non-stop around-the-world aeroplane flight in 94 hours and one minute.
1949 – The first automatic street light was installed in New Milford, Conn..
1950 Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (The Carpenters), was born (d. 1983).
1953 The Academy Awards were first broadcast on television by NBC.
1955 King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia abdicated the throne in favor of his father, King Norodom Suramarit.
1955 Jay Osmond, American musician (The Osmonds, was born.
1956 John Cowsill, American musician (The Cowsills), was born.
1956 Mark Evans, Australian bassist (AC/DC), was born.
1956 Morocco declared its independence from France.
1962 Jon Bon Jovi, American musician (Bon Jovi), was born.
1962 In Burma, the army led by General Ne Win seized power in a coup d’état.
1968 Daniel Craig, English actor, was born.
1969 The first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde was conducted.
1970 Rhodesia declared itself a republic.
1972 The Pioneer 10 space probe was launched from Cape Canaveral.
1977 Chris Martin, English musician (Coldplay), was born.
1978 Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space aboard Soyuz 28.
1989 Twelve European Community nations agreed to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
1990 Nelson Mandela elected deputy President of the African National Congress
1991 Battle at Rumaila Oil Field brings an end to the 1991 Gulf War.
1992 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan joined the United Nations.
2004 Al Qaeda carried out the Ashoura Massacre, killing 170 and wounding over 500.
2012 – March 2–3, 2012 tornado outbreak: A tornado outbreak occurred over a large section of the Southern United States and into the Ohio Valley region, resulting in 40 fatalities.
Sourced from NZ History On Line & Wikipedia