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

  • 421
    Emperor Constantius III dies suddenly of an illness, his wife Galla Placidia becomes for the second time widow.
  • 1752
    Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe.
  • 1806
    A massive landslide destroys the town of Goldau, Switzerland, killing 457.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1939
    World War II: following the start of the invasion of Poland the previous day, the Free City of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) is annexed by Nazi Germany.
  • 1960
    The first election of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, in history of Tibet. The Tibetan community observes this date as the Democracy Day.
  • 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?

  • 1838
    Liliuokalani of Hawaii, Queen of Hawaii (d. 1917)
  • 1839
    Henry George, American economist (d. 1897)
  • 1862
    Franjo Krežma, Croatian violinist (d. 1881)
  • 1913
    Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (d. 1981)
  • 1960
    Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian politician
  • 1961
    Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer
  • 1971
    César Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • 1971
    Tommy Maddox, American football player
  • 1977
    Frédéric Kanouté, Malian footballer
  • 1996
    Sungha Jung, South Korean guitar prodigy

Who died on September 2?

  • 1274
    Prince Munetaka, Japanese shogun (b. 1242)
  • 1688
    Sir Robert Viner, 1st Baronet, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1631)
  • 1877
    Constantine Kanaris, Greek admiral, freedom fighter and politician (b. 1793)
  • 1921
    Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born American oil pioneer (b. 1855)
  • 1992
    Barbara McClintock, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1902)
  • 2001
    Troy Donahue, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2004
    Joan Oró, Catalan biochemist (b. 1923)
  • 2006
    Willi Ninja, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • 2007
    Rajae Belmlih, Moroccan singer (b. 1962)
  • 2008
    Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)

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