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 245th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 120 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 20, 2017 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,504,310,400 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 ‘dihectatetracontapentagon’ 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 170 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 1,716 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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September 2 Historical Events

  • 44 BC
    Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.
  • 1666
    The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1789
    The United States Department of the Treasury is founded.
  • 1806
    A massive landslide destroys the town of Goldau, Switzerland, killing 457.
  • 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.
  • 1957
    President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam becomes the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia.
  • 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.
  • 1991
    Nagorno Karabakh declares its independence from Azerbaijan forming the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
  • 1998
    Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed.

Who were born on September 2?

  • 1862
    Franjo Krežma, Croatian violinist (d. 1881)
  • 1936
    Andrew Grove, American computer chip manufacturer
  • 1940
    Jimmy Clanton, American singer
  • 1943
    Rosalind Ashford, American singer (Martha and the Vandellas)
  • 1946
    Joe Yamanaka, Japanese singer (Flower Travellin' Band) (d. 2011)
  • 1966
    Marcello Cuttitta, Italian rugby player
  • 1976
    Phil Lipscomb, American bassist (Taproot)
  • 1981
    Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian film director-producer
  • 1982
    Joey Barton, English footballer
  • 1986
    Kyle Hines, American basketball player

Who died on September 2?

  • 490 BC
    Pheidippides, Greek hero (b. c. 530 BC)
  • 1832
    Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian astronomer (b. 1754)
  • 1865
    William Rowan Hamilton, Irish mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1872
    Nicolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig, Danish writer and philosopher (b. 1783)
  • 1937
    Pierre de Coubertin, French founder of the modern Olympic Games (b. 1863)
  • 1964
    Alvin York, American soldier (b. 1887)
  • 1969
    Hồ Chí Minh, President of North Vietnam (b. 1890)
  • 1973
    J. R. R. Tolkien, British writer (b. 1892)
  • 1994
    Roy Castle, British entertainer (b. 1932)
  • 2009
    Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (b. 1949)

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