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

  • 1666
    The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1807
    The Royal Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.
  • 1833
    Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio is founded by John Jay Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart.
  • 1856
    The Tianjing Incident takes place in Nanjing, China.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Union forces enter Atlanta, Georgia, a day after the Confederate defenders flee the city.
  • 1885
    Rock Springs massacre: in Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 white miners, who are struggling to unionize so they could strike for better wages and work conditions, attack their Chinese fellow workers killing 28, wounding 15 and forcing several hundred more out of town.
  • 1901
    Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” at the Minnesota State Fair.
  • 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.
  • 1958
    United States Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan in Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew members are killed.
  • 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.

Who were born on September 2?

  • 1820
    Lucretia Hale, American journalist and author (d. 1900)
  • 1879
    An Jung-geun, Korean assassin of Ito Hirobumi (d. 1910)
  • 1929
    Hal Ashby, American film director (d. 1988)
  • 1936
    Andrew Grove, American computer chip manufacturer
  • 1943
    Joe Simon, American singer
  • 1951
    Mark Harmon, American actor
  • 1960
    Eric Dickerson, American football player
  • 1971
    Shauna Sand, American actress and Playboy Playmate
  • 1982
    Joey Barton, English footballer
  • 1984
    Danson Tang, Taiwanese actor, model and singer

Who died on September 2?

  • 1690
    Philipp Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (b. 1615)
  • 1865
    William Rowan Hamilton, Irish mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1941
    Lloyd Seay, American stock car driver (b. 1919)
  • 1944
    Bella Rosenfeld, Russian-born American wife of Marc Chagall and subject of many of his paintings (b. 1895)
  • 1969
    Hồ Chí Minh, President of North Vietnam (b. 1890)
  • 1973
    J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer (b. 1892)
  • 1985
    Abe Lenstra, Dutch footballer (b. 1920)
  • 1991
    Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 2011
    Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)

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