1. In 1791, Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, joining Delaware which had ratified it the previous year. This event marked an important step in the formation of the United States as a new nation.
2. In 1861, Pennsylvania governor Andrew Curtin met with President Abraham Lincoln to discuss the state's role in the upcoming Civil War. Curtin pledged the full support of Pennsylvania's resources and manpower in the Union cause.
3. On March 2, 1901, the Pennsylvania State Capitol building was completed and dedicated after four years of construction. The beautiful Beaux-Arts style building would become the center of government for Pennsylvania and a symbol of the state's pride.
4. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Monongahela River flood control project into law, providing for the construction of several dams and other infrastructure to protect Pittsburgh and surrounding areas from future flooding.
5. On March 2, 1983, the Penn State Nittany Lions basketball team defeated the Indiana Hoosiers on their way to winning the Big Ten championship. Led by future NBA star guard Tony Carr, the team would go on to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament that year.
5 Fun Facts About March 2 In Pennsylvania History
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