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, 1,472,774,400 seconds 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

  • 1649
    The Italian city of Castro is completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro.
  • 1666
    The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1752
    Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe.
  • 1789
    The United States Department of the Treasury is founded.
  • 1856
    The Tianjing Incident takes place in Nanjing, China.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    The Interim Government of India is formed with Jawaharlal Nehru as Vice President with the powers of a Prime Minister.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Nagorno Karabakh declares its independence from Azerbaijan forming the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

Who were born on September 2?

  • 1878
    Ion Dragoumis, Greek diplomat, writer and revolutionary (d. 1920)
  • 1912
    Ernest Bromley, Australian cricketer (d. 1967)
  • 1948
    Terry Bradshaw, American football player
  • 1960
    Hideo Yoshizawa, Japanese video game designer and executive, General Manager at Namco Bandai Holdings
  • 1969
    Stéphane Matteau, French-Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1971
    César Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • 1982
    Jason Hammel, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Joey Barton, English footballer
  • 1982
    Mandy Cho, Hong Kong actress
  • 1984
    Jack Peñate, English singer

Who died on September 2?

  • 1397
    Francesco Landini, Italian composer (b. 1325 or 1335)
  • 1764
    Nathaniel Bliss, English Astronomer Royal (b. 1700)
  • 1953
    Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (b. 1883)
  • 1962
    William Wilkerson, American founder of the Hollywood Reporter and the Flamingo Hotel and nightclub owner (b. 1890)
  • 1969
    Hồ Chí Minh, President of North Vietnam (b. 1890)
  • 1973
    J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer (b. 1892)
  • 1978
    Fred G. Meyer, American businessman, founder of Fred Meyer, Inc. (b. 1886)
  • 1991
    Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1911)
  • 1994
    Roy Castle, British entertainer (b. 1932)
  • 2001
    Troy Donahue, American actor (b. 1936)

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