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What happened on September 2
- September 2, 0031 "BC - Battle of Actium; Octavian defeats Antony, becomes Emp Augustus"
- September 2, 0031 "BC - Final war of the Roman Republic: Battle of Actium - Off the western coast of Greece, forces of Octavian defeat troops under Mark Antony and Cleopatra."
- September 2, 0044 BC - Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.
- September 2, 0044 BC - The first of Ciceros Philippics (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the next several months.
- September 2, 0490 "BC - After the Battle of Marathon, where the Greeks defeated the invading Persians, Pheidippides, who had already run 140 miles in 2 days and nights, a messenger ran 26 miles from Marathon to Athens to carry the news of the victory. His last words before he collapsed and died, ""Rejoice, we are victorious."""
- September 2, 0490 "BC - Phidippides runs 1st marathon, seeking aid from Sparta vs Persia"
- September 2, 1649 "The Italian city of Castro is completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro."
- September 2, 1666 Great Fire of London destroys St Paul's Church
- September 2, 1666 "The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St. Paul's Cathedral."
- September 2, 1752 "The United Kingdom adopts the Gregorian Calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe."
- September 2, 1789 The US Treasury Department is established.
- September 2, 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."
- September 2, 1806 "A side of Rossberg Peak collapses into Goldau Valley Switz, kills 500"
- September 2, 1807 British Navy bombards Copenhagen with fire bombs and phosphorus rockets to prevent Denmark from surrendering its fleet to Napoleon.
- September 2, 1833 Oberlin College is founded by John Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart.
- September 2, 1859 A solar super storm affects electrical telegraph service.
- September 2, 1859 Gas lighting introduced to Hawaii
- September 2, 1864 Union General William T Sherman captures Atlanta
- September 2, 1867 "Mutsuhito, the Meiji Emperor of Japan, marries Masako Ichij. The Empress consort is thereafter known as Lady Haruko. Since her death in 1914, she's called by the posthumous name Empress Shken."
- September 2, 1885 "In Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 white miners, who were 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."
- September 2, 1897 The first issue of McCall's magazine goes on sale at newsstands.
- September 2, 1898 Battle of Omdurman - British and Egyptian troops defeat Sudanese tribesmen and establishing British dominance in the Sudan.
- September 2, 1898 Lord Kitchener retakes Sudan for Britain
- September 2, 1901 "US Vice President Theodore Roosevelt makes his famous ""Speak softly and carry a big stick"" speech at the Minnesota State Fair."
- September 2, 1901 "VP Theodore Roosevelt advises, ""Speak softly & carry a big stick"""
- September 2, 1918 "Australians attack and seize Mont St Quentin, France"
- September 2, 1918 "Capt. Bellenden S. Hutcheson (cdn. Army Medical Corp.) wins the Victoria Cross at Drocourt-Quèant, France"
- September 2, 1918 "Lance-Cpl. William H. Metcalf (16th Cdn. Infantry Corp.) wins the Victoria Cross at Arras, France"
- September 2, 1918 "Lt.-Colonel Cyrus Wesley Peck (16th Cdn. Infantry Corp.) wins the Victoria Cross at Arras, France"
- September 2, 1918 "Prv. John Francis Young (87th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Arras, France"
- September 2, 1918 "Prv. Walter Leigh Rayfield (7th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Arras, France"
- September 2, 1918 "Sgt. Arthur G. Knight (10th Cdn. Infantry Batt.) wins the Victoria Cross at Villers-lez-Cagnicourt, France"
- September 2, 1919 Communist Party of America organized in Chicago
- September 2, 1921 "First Miss America contest held in Atlantic City, has 8 entries."
- September 2, 1924 "Rudolf Friml's ""Rose Marie"" opens to rave reviews in NYC"
- September 2, 1925 "The U.S. Zeppelin the USS Shenandoah crashes, killing 14."
- September 2, 1927 Rumour starts that Yankee Lou Gehrig will be traded to Tigers
- September 2, 1930 "The first nonstop airplane flight from Europe to the US is completed as the plane Question Mark lands at Valley Stream, NY."
- September 2, 1935 A hurricane slams the Florida Keys killing 423
- September 2, 1935 Labor Day Hurricane of 1935: A large hurricane hits the Florida Keys killing 423.
- September 2, 1942 "Sternbuch cable arrives at the Polish embassy in Washington, recounting the deportation of 100,000 Jews from Warsaw to death camps, and how Jewish babies were being used to produce soap and fertilizer for Germany industry."
- September 2, 1942 "The Chief Rabbi of Norway, Julues Samuel, refuses to go into hiding and chooses to join 208 Norwegian Jews sent to Bergen Belsen."
- September 2, 1944 "Anne Frank (Diary of Anne Frank), is sent to Auschwitz"
- September 2, 1944 "During WW II, George Bush ejects from a burning plane"
- September 2, 1945 Allied forces arrive in Singapore and release prisoners of war
- September 2, 1945 Combat in World War II ends in the Pacific Theater: The final official surrender of Japan is accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
- September 2, 1945 Formal surrender of Japan is signed.
- September 2, 1945 Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independence from France
- September 2, 1945 President Truman sets the date as V-J Day.
- September 2, 1945 "Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam)."
- September 2, 1945 V-J Day; formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri (WWII ends)
- September 2, 1949 "Fire in riverfront area kills 1,700 (Chungking China)"
- September 2, 1951 "Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 161, equipped with HRS-1s, arrived Pusan, Korea"
- September 2, 1954 "Hurricane Edna batters NE US, killing 20"
- September 2, 1956 Collapse of a RR bridge under a train kills 120 (India)
- September 2, 1956 Washington-Jackson cable line replaced by bus service
- September 2, 1958 "U.S. Air Force C-130A-II is shot down by fighters over Yerevan, Armenia when it strays into Soviet airspace while conducting a sigint mission. All crew lost."
- September 2, 1963 Alabama Gov George C Wallace prevents integration of Tuskegee HS
- September 2, 1963 CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 to 30 minutes
- September 2, 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."
- September 2, 1964 "Norman Manley scores 2-consecutive holes-in-one at Del Valley, Cal"
- September 2, 1969 North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh dies.
- September 2, 1969 "The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Center, New York."
- September 2, 1970 "NASA announces the cancellation of two Apollo missions to the Moon, Apollo 15 (the designation was re-used by a later mission), and Apollo 19."
- September 2, 1972 Number one hit on UK music charts - Rod Stewart - You Wear It Well
- September 2, 1978 George Harrison marries Olivia
- September 2, 1978 Graham Salmon set the worlds record for 100 meters by a blind man
- September 2, 1978 John McClain performs 180 outside loops in an airplane over Houston
- September 2, 1983 Yitzhak Shamir (Herut) endorsed by Menachem Begin for Israelli PM
- September 2, 1985 A joint US-French expedition locates the wreckage of the ill-fated HMS Titanic.
- September 2, 1986 Cathy Evelyn Smith sentenced to 3 years for death of John Belushi
- September 2, 1987 Donald Trump takes out a full page NY Times ad lambasting Japan
- September 2, 1987 "West German pilot Mathias Rust, who flew a private plane from Helsinki Finland, to Moscow's Red Square, goes on trial in Russia"
- September 2, 1989 Rev Al Sharpton leads a civil rights march through Bensonhurst
- September 2, 1990 Transnistria unilaterally proclaimed as Soviet republic; the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev declares the decision null and void.
- September 2, 1996 A peace agreement is signed between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front in Malacaang Palace.
- September 2, 1998 "A Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashes off the coast of Nova Scotia, killing 229 people."
- September 2, 1998 "Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia. All 229 people on board are killed."
- September 2, 1998 "The UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda finds Jean-Paul Akayesu, the former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, guilty of nine counts of genocide."
- September 2, 2005 "The Natural Bridge, a very popular tourist attraction in Aruba, collapses after thousands of years in good condition."
- September 2, 2006 Waziristan War ends. US and Pakistani Troops leave Waziristan mountain area.