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Today in History


Today in History Today is Thursday, March 2, the 61st day of 2023. There are 304 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On March 2, 1962, Wilt Chamberlai­n scored 100 points for the Philadelph­ia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands. Philadelph­ia won the game, 169147.

On this date:

In 1861, the state of Texas, having seceded from the Union, was admitted to the Confederac­y.

In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidenti­al election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.

In 1917, actor, producer, director and bandleader Desi Arnaz was born in Santiago de Cuba.

In 1932, the 20th Amendment to the Constituti­on, which moved the date of the presidenti­al inaugurati­on from March 4 to Jan. 20, was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratificati­on.

In 1939, John Ford’s classic Western “Stagecoach,” starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne, opened in New York.

In 1943, the three-day Battle of the Bismarck Sea began in the southwest Pacific during World War II; U.S. and Australian warplanes were able to inflict heavy damage on an Imperial Japanese convoy.

In 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks’ famous act of defiance, Claudette Colvin, a Black high school student in Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested after refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white passenger.

In 1985, the government approved a screening test for AIDS that detected antibodies to the virus, allowing possibly contaminat­ed blood to be excluded from the blood supply.

In 1989, representa­tives from the 12 European Community nations agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluo­rocarbons), the synthetic compounds blamed for destroying the Earth’s ozone layer, by the end of the 20th century.

In 1990, more than 6,000 drivers went on strike against Greyhound Lines Inc. (The company, later declaring an impasse in negotiatio­ns, fired the strikers.)

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