What are the important events that happened on September 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

September 2: Facts & Myths About This Day

September 2 is the 246th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 120 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 20, 2016 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,546,240 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectatetracontahexagon’ day.

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Virgo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Sapphire is the modern birthstone for this month. Agate is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 148 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,351 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 2 Historical Events

  • 1789
    The United States Department of the Treasury is founded.
  • 1806
    A massive landslide destroys the town of Goldau, Switzerland, killing 457.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Sedan – Prussian forces take Napoleon III of France and 100,000 of his soldiers prisoner.
  • 1898
    Battle of Omdurman – British and Egyptian troops defeat Sudanese tribesmen and establish British dominance in Sudan.
  • 1935
    Labor Day Hurricane of 1935: a large hurricane hits the Florida Keys killing 423.
  • 1945
    World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: the Instrument of Surrender of Japan is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
  • 1963
    CBS Evening News becomes U.S. network television’s first half-hour weeknight news broadcast, when the show is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
  • 1990
    Transnistria is unilaterally proclaimed a Soviet republic; the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev declares the decision null and void.
  • 1991
    The United States recognize the independence of the Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • 1998
    Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.

Who were born on September 2?

  • 1850
    Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (d. 1919)
  • 1937
    Len Carlson, Canadian voice actor (d. 2006)
  • 1947
    Richard Coughlan, English drummer and percussionist (Caravan)
  • 1949
    Moira Stuart, British journalist
  • 1965
    Lennox Lewis, British-born Canadian boxer
  • 1966
    Marcello Cuttitta, Italian rugby player
  • 1971
    Tommy Maddox, American football player
  • 1979
    Alex Chu, Korean singer
  • 1980
    Dany Sabourin, French-Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1996
    Sungha Jung, South Korean guitar prodigy

Who died on September 2?

  • 1680
    Per Brahe, Swedish soldier and statesman (b. 1602)
  • 1865
    William Rowan Hamilton, Irish mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1921
    Henry Austin Dobson, English poet (b. 1840)
  • 1927
    Umegatani Tōtarō II, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 20th Yokozuna (b. 1878)
  • 1934
    James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player (b. 1860)
  • 1944
    Bella Rosenfeld, Russian-born American wife of Marc Chagall and subject of many of his paintings (b. 1895)
  • 1953
    Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (b. 1883)
  • 1973
    Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)
  • 1985
    Jay Youngblood, American professional wrestler (b. 1955)
  • 2007
    Rajae Belmlih, Moroccan singer (b. 1962)

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