What Happened On This Day – 2 March
1995 The top quark is discovered
The existence of this elementary particle, the bottom quark's counterpart, had been presumed since the 1970's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Births On This Day – 2 March
1968 Daniel Craig
1962 Jon Bon Jovi
American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actor
1931 Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet lawyer, politician, President of the Soviet Union, Nobel Prize laureate
1904 Dr. Seuss
American author, poet, illustrator
1900 Kurt Weill
Deaths On This Day – 2 March
1999 Dusty Springfield
English singer, producer
1991 Serge Gainsbourg
French singer-songwriter, actor, director
1982 Philip K. Dick
1930 D. H. Lawrence
1619 Anne of Denmark