March 2nd

2011
The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church have a First Amendment right to picket the funeral of a Marine.
Snyder v. Phelps
2008
Dmitri A. Medvedev, a former aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin who has never held elected office, won the Russian presidential election in a landslide. Putin remained in a position of power, serving as Medvedev's prime minister.
Vladimir Putin
2004
A series of coordinated blasts in Iraq killed 181 people at shrines in Karbala and Baghdad as thousands of Shiite Muslim pilgrims gathered for a religious festival.
Terrorist incidents in Iraq in 2004
2002
U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first delpoyed as part of Operation Anaconda.
Operation Anaconda
2001
The Taliban began the destruction of ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan.
Buddhas of Bamiyan
1995
The top quark is discovered. The existence of this elementary particle, the bottom quark's counterpart, had been presumed since the 1970's.
Top quark
1985
The federal government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminated blood to be excluded from the blood supply.
Wikipedia:WikiProject Abandoned Drafts/Stale drafts/Full/1
1970
Rhodesia declares itself an independent republic. By severing the country's ties with the United Kingdom, white Prime Minister Ian Smith attempted to prevent the institution of black majority rule.
Rhodesia
1969
Concorde takes off on its maiden flight. The supersonic airliner was retired in 2003, after Air France Flight 4590 crashed shortly after takeoff from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on July 25, 2000.
Concorde
1965
The movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" had its world premiere in New York.
The Sound of Music (film)
1962
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands.
Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game
1959
Miles Davis records Kind of Blue. It is considered the best-selling jazz album in history and one of the most influential works of jazz music ever produced.
Kind of Blue
1956
Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France.
Treaty of Fez
1949
Captain James Gallagher completed the first non-stop around the world flight. He completed the 23,452-mile journey in 94 hours, 1 minute.
Lucky Lady II
1946
Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh
1939
Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope and took the name Pius XII.
Pope Pius XII
1933
The film King Kong premieres. The black and white movie marked a milestone in the history of film, especially due to Willis O’Brien's stop-motion effects.
King Kong (1933 film)
1923
The first issue of Henry Luce's TIME magazine appeared on newsstands.
Time (magazine)
1917
Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory and Puerto Ricans gained American citizenship.
Puerto Rican citizenship
1888
The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace.
Convention of Constantinople
1877
Rutherford B. Hayes was declared president by a U.S. electoral commission since the original result was too close to call. He was the only president elected this way.
United States presidential election, 1876
1836
Texas declared its independence from Mexico.
Texas Declaration of Independence
1807
Congress outlawed the importation of slaves to the United States, effective the following year.
Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves
1791
Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.
Semaphore line