Throwback Thursday 3/2!

Susan Gall

Here's what happened on March 2nd!

  • 1770: Friction between colonists and British troops quartered in Boston led to riots. Three days later, Crispus Attucks led a group of 50-60 men to harass the British. He would be the first of five who died in this altercation. This event and his death are regarded by some as the first act of the American Revolution.
    (World Biography, American History)
  • 1793: Sam Houston was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Houston was the commander-in-chief during the Texas Revolution and became the first President of the Republic of Texas. 
    (Biography for Beginners, World Biography, American History)
  • 1836: Henry Billings Brown was born in South Lee, Massachusetts. Brown wrote the majority opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson. His opinion that whites were biologically superior to blacks and therefore there should be separation of the two races reflected the opinion of the Court and a majority of the white population.
    (Defining Moments)
  • 1887: Anne Sullivan began her work with Hellen Keller. Within a month of working with Anne, Hellen was able to communicate through touch.
    (World Biography, American History)
  • 1904: Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Seuss’ real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel. Every year on his birthday people celebrate “Read Across America” day. This day is meant to encourage children and teens to read. What are you doing to celebrate?
    (Biography for Beginners)
  • 1931: Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev was born in a small agricultural community in Privolnoye, Russia. The former Soviet statesman was the last head of state of the USSR. He was also the winner of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize for his leading role in ending the Cold War.
    (World Biography, American History)
  • 1933: Leo Dillon was born in Brooklyn, New York. He and his wife, Diane, write and illustrate children’s books. Two of their best known illustrated works, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears and Ashanti and Zulu have both won Caldecott Medals. They are the only illustrators to ever win the award twice in a row (1975 and 1976).
    (Biography for Beginners)
  • 1942: The U.S. Army posted notices that all persons of Japanese ancestry, including U.S. citizens, would be evacuated from the western halves of CA, OR, WA and part of Arizona.
    (Defining Moments)
  • 1973: Professional jockey Robyn Smith proved that women were strong and talented enough to ride thoroughbreds when she led her horse to victory in the Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct. It was her first stake win and the first win by a woman in a major racing event.
    (Sports Champions)
  • 1982: Professional football player Ben Roethlisberger was born in Findlay, Ohio. In 2005, Roethlisberger led the Steelers to victory in the Super Bowl becoming, at age 23, the youngest quarterback to do so. He would win a second Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2008.
    (Sports Champions)

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