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

  • 421
    Emperor Constantius III dies suddenly of an illness, his wife Galla Placidia becomes for the second time widow.
  • 1649
    The Italian city of Castro is completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro.
  • 1807
    The Royal Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.
  • 1856
    The Tianjing Incident takes place in Nanjing, China.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln reluctantly restores Union General George B. McClellan to full command after General John Pope’s disastrous defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Union forces enter Atlanta, Georgia, a day after the Confederate defenders flee the city.
  • 1945
    Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
  • 1946
    The Interim Government of India is formed with Jawaharlal Nehru as Vice President with the powers of a Prime Minister.
  • 1970
    NASA announces the cancellation of two Apollo missions to the Moon, Apollo 15 (the designation is re-used by a later mission), and Apollo 19.
  • 1998
    Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.

Who were born on September 2?

  • 1753
    Marie Josephine Louise of Savoy, Italy-born queen consort of France and wife of King Louis XVIII of France (d. 1810)
  • 1850
    Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (d. 1919)
  • 1915
    Benjamin Aaron, American labor law expert (d. 2007)
  • 1915
    Meinhardt Raabe, American actor (d. 2010)
  • 1941
    David Bale, South African–born American animal rights activist (d. 2003)
  • 1948
    Nate Archibald, American basketball player
  • 1962
    Jon Berkeley, Irish author and illustrator
  • 1971
    César Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • 1979
    Alex Chu, Korean singer
  • 1981
    Chris Tremlett, English cricketer

Who died on September 2?

  • 490 BC
    Pheidippides, Greek hero (b. c. 530 BC)
  • 1031
    Saint Emeric of Hungary (born between 1000 and 1007)
  • 1540
    Emperor Dawit II of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
  • 1834
    Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (b. 1757)
  • 1872
    Nicolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig, Danish writer and philosopher (b. 1783)
  • 1921
    Henry Austin Dobson, English poet (b. 1840)
  • 1953
    Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (b. 1883)
  • 1997
    Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (b. 1905)
  • 2001
    Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon (b. 1922)
  • 2004
    Joan Oró, Catalan biochemist (b. 1923)

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