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

  • 44 BC
    Cicero launches the first of his Philippics (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the following months.
  • 421
    Emperor Constantius III dies suddenly of an illness, his wife Galla Placidia becomes for the second time widow.
  • 1666
    The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1792
    During what became known as the September Massacres of the French Revolution, rampaging mobs slaughter three Roman Catholic Church bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
  • 1811
    The University of Oslo is founded as The Royal Fredericks University, after Frederick VI of Denmark and Norway.
  • 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.
  • 1898
    Battle of Omdurman – British and Egyptian troops defeat Sudanese tribesmen and establish British dominance in Sudan.
  • 1945
    Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
  • 1992
    An earthquake in Nicaragua kills at least 116 people.
  • 1998
    Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.

Who were born on September 2?

  • 1805
    Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (d. 1851)
  • 1913
    Israel Gelfand, Russian mathematician (d. 2009)
  • 1917
    Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian guitarist (d. 1995)
  • 1919
    Marge Champion, American actress
  • 1938
    Clarence Felder, American actor
  • 1961
    Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer
  • 1971
    Tom Steels, Belgian cyclist
  • 1974
    Steven Johnson, Australian racing driver
  • 1981
    Bracha van Doesburgh, Dutch actress
  • 1989
    Marcus Morris, American basketball player

Who died on September 2?

  • 1540
    Emperor Dawit II of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
  • 1765
    Henry Bouquet, Swiss-born British army officer (b. 1719)
  • 1865
    William Rowan Hamilton, Irish mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1948
    Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy (b. 1883)
  • 1971
    Robert Mensah, Ghanaian football goalkeeper (b. 1939)
  • 1991
    Alfonso García Robles, Mexican diplomat and politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1911)
  • 1998
    Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • 2001
    Christiaan Barnard, South African heart surgeon (b. 1922)
  • 2002
    Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 2004
    Joan Oró, Catalan biochemist (b. 1923)

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