Sunday, March 2, 2008

Today in History: March 2

  • 1793 Sam Houston born; Governor of Tennessee; 1st and 3rd President of the Republic of Texas, and its 7th Governor.
  • 1825 Londoners begin digging the Thames Tunnel, the first under a navigable river.
  • 1829 German-American Union Army general and Senator Carl Schurz born; "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right."
  • 1877 Congress's new 15-member Electoral Commission declares Rutherford B. Hayes president by one electoral vote, although Samuel Tilden won the popular vote by 254,235.
  • 1904 American cartoonist writer Theodor Geisel born, AKA Dr. Seuss; wrote The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • 1972 U.S. launchs Pioneer 10; now 8.6 billion miles away (more than twice the distance to Pluto) heading toward Aldeberan (the bright red star in the constellation Taurus, 68 light years away) at 27,380 mph (0.0041% C) and should arrive in about 2,000,000 years. Jan. 22, 2003 was the last time it was heard from; it's nuclear (RTG) battery was nearly dead.
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