This Day in History: March 2

We raised $45 dollars for No More Deaths!  Hooray!  Thanks to everyone who donated, or wanted to because it’s the thought that counts.  Times are tough for many of us and I know some readers would like to have donated so thanks for keeping the cause in mind. 

I looked up my birthday on Wikipedia (DH’s is in one week so I’ll post his too) for fun, if you haven’t looked up yours I highly recommend it.  This is some of what Wikipedia told me:



  • 1807 – The U.S. Congress passes 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.”
  • 1861 – Emancipation reform of 1861 in Russia: Tsar Alexander II signs the emancipation reform into law, abolishing Russian serfdom.
  • 1867 – The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act
    • Creation of five military districts in the seceded states not including Tennessee, which had ratified the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and was readmitted to the Union
    • Requiring congressional approval for new state constitutions (which were required for Confederate states to rejoin the Union)
    • Confederate states give voting rights to all men.
    • All former Confederate states must ratify the 14th Amendment (14th Amendment y’all!)
  • 1896 – Ethiopia defeats Italy in the Battle of Adwa, marking the first victory of an African nation over a colonial power.
  • 1917 – The enactment of the Jones-Shafroth Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.
  • 1919 – The first Communist International meets in Moscow.
  • 1937 – The Steel Workers Organizing Committee signs a collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Steel, leading to unionization of the United States steel industry.
  • 1941 – World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact. (I will never let DH live that down! They did it to protect themselves, but still.  This is also part of the reason they couldn’t take on the Soviet Union’s Red Army.)
  • 1956 – Morocco declares its independence from France.
  • 1972 – The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.
  • 1989 – Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.
  • 1990 – Nelson Mandela is elected deputy President of the African National Congress.
  • 1992 – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations.
  • 1998 – Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter’s moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice.
  • Feast day: Agnes of Bohemia (I take my middle name from her, the Spanish version)

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