September 2 – On This Day In History

2 September

What happened today in history?

  • 1666 – The Great Fire of London starts, and it continues to burn for three days.
  • 1945World War 2 combat in the Pacific ends as Mamoru Shigemitsu (the Japanese Foreign Minister) signs surrender documents.
  • 2013 – A new portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is opened. At the time, it is the widest bridge in the world.

Who was born today?

  • 1952 – Jimmy Connors –  American tennis player.
  • 1964 – Keanu Reeves – Canadian actor (The Matrix, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Speed)
  • 1965 – Lennox Lewis – English-Canadian heavyweight boxing champion.

 

Who died today?

  • 1910 – Henri Rousseau –  French painter.
  • 1973 – J. R. R. Tolkien – English author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings).
  • 2005 – Bob Denver – American singer.

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