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#TodayInHistory – March 2

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March 2 – Some Important Events on this day

1498 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Explorer Vasco da Gama’s fleet visits Mozambique Island
1791 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
1796 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Napolรฉon Bonaparte is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French Army in Italy
1882 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor ๐Ÿ”ซ
1888 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ The Convention of Constantinople signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace ๐Ÿšข
1956 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declaring independence from France ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
1933 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ “King Kong” film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC ๐Ÿฟ

1972 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Jean-Bรฉdel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Central African Republic. For ten years he had reigned with an iron fist in the Central African Republic, having ousted his distant cousin from office when he was the head of the armed forces. Attempting to emulate his idol, Napoleon Bonaparte, Bokassa had himself declared the Emperor of the Central African Republic. His coronation was unbelievably decadent: he spent some $20 million US dollars, more than a third of the country’s national income, on the occasion. No foreign leaders attended, and he was considered a laughing stock by much of the world.
The Central African Empire lasted only three years before Bokassa was himself overthrown in an operation by the French military. He was exiled to France and tried in absentia, though later returned and was tried again. He served six years of a life sentence before being released in 1993, dying three years later.

1998 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ The film โ€œTitanicโ€ became the first ever movie to earn 1 billion US dollars at the box ๐Ÿ“ฝ
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2016 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland in 17 hours, 15 minutes

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