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This Day in History for March 2

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1799 – Congress standardizes US weights & measurements.

1866 – 1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn.

1877 – US Electoral Commission declares Rutherford B. Hayes (R) winner of the presidential election with an electoral vote of 185-184 against Samuel J. Tilden (D).

1903 – Martha Washington Hotel, catering to women only, opens in NYC.

1917 – Jones Act: Puerto Rico territory created, US citizenship granted.

1925 – Nationwide road numbering system & US shield marker adopted.

1938 – Landslides & floods cause over 200 deaths (Los Angeles, California)

1945 – US 8th Air Force bombs Dresden.

1956 – “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” single cover released by Elvis Presley.

1962 – Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, during Warriors’ 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28 of 32 from free-throw line.

1965 – One of the most popular musical films of all times, “The Sound of Music”, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released  (Academy Awards Best Picture 1966)

1966 – 215,000 US soldiers in Vietnam.

1970 – American Airlines’ 1st flight of a Boeing 747.

1974 – Grand jury concludes US President Richard Nixon is involved in Watergate cover-up.

1983 – Compact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced.

1991 – NC State point guard Chris Corchiani becomes 1st NCAA Division 1 player to record 1,000 career assists in a 89-84 loss to Wake Forest.

1994 – Miami begins a Latin walk of fame, 1st star for Gloria Estefan.

2002 – U.S. invasion of Afghanistan: US conventional forces first deployed as part of Operation Anaconda.

2016 – US astronauts Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record.

2017 – US Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from the investigation into Trump campaign contacts with Russia after revelations he met Russian ambassador.

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