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    This day in history

    Saturday, March 2, is the 61st day of 2013. There are 304 days left in the year.

    Today’s birthdays: Author Tom Wolfe is 83. Former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev is 82. Author John Irving is 71. Singer Lou Reed is 71. Actress Laraine Newman is 61. Rock singer Jon Bon Jovi is 51. Actor Daniel Craig is 45. Rock singer Chris Martin (Coldplay) is 36. NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 31.

    In 1836, the Republic of Texas formally declared its independence from Mexico.


    In 1861, Texas, having seceded from the Union, was admitted to the Confederacy.

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    In 1877, Republican Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden had won the popular vote.

    In 1917, Puerto Ricans were granted US

    In 1933, the motion picture ‘‘King Kong’’ had its world premiere at New York’s Radio City
    Music Hall and the Roxy.

    In 1951, the East beat the West, 111-94, in the first NBA All-Star Game, which took place at Boston Garden.


    In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a game against the New York Knicks, an NBA record that still stands. (Philadelphia won, 169-147.)

    In 1989, representatives from the 12 European Community nations agreed to ban all production of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) by the end of the 20th century.

    In 2003, landlocked Switzerland became the first European country to win the America’s Cup.

    In 2008, Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin’s hand-picked successor, scored a crushing victory in Russia’s presidential election. Four adults and two children were slain in a shooting and stabbing rampage at a Memphis, Tenn., house; three children survived. (Jessie Dotson, brother of one of the victims, was convicted of six counts of murder and sentenced to death.)