Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/March 2

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This is a list of selected March 2 anniversaries that appears on the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial, or on a day that is or soon will be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only 5–6 events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is not generally posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled March 2, 2020 featured article or the March 2, 2020 featured picture.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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1791 – French inventor Claude Chappe and his brothers first demonstrated the semaphore line, a system which conveys information by means of visual signals, using towers with pivoting shutters. refimprove section
1825Roberto Cofresí, one of the last successful Caribbean pirates, was defeated in combat and captured by authorities. Capture: self-contradictory
1865New Zealand land wars: Protestant missionary Carl Sylvius Völkner died at the hands of Hauhau militants in Opotiki for working as an agent for George Grey, Governor-General of New Zealand. Völkner: short; Völkner Incident: more footnotes, lead too short
1917 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed the Jones–Shafroth Act into law, granting United States citizenship to every citizen of Puerto Rico. refimprove section
1933 – The film King Kong premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. refimprove section
1939 – Italian Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected as Pope and took the name Pius XII. neutrality issues
1962 – A military coup d'état led by General Ne Win seized power in Burma. unreferenced section, refimprove section
1970Rhodesia formally broke its links with the British crown and declared itself a republic. refimprove section
1992 – By virtue of gaining membership to the United Nations, Moldova gained international recognition as an independent nation. refimprove
2009 – President of Guinea-Bissau João Bernardo Vieira was assassinated in an attack by a group of soldiers on his private residence in Bissau. refimprove section


March 2: The Nineteen-Day Fast begins (Bahá'í Faith, 2019)

Vladimír Remek in 2007
Vladimír Remek

William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield (b. 1705) · Alexander Bullock (b. 1816) · Dusty Springfield (d. 1999)

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