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  • What happened on September 2
  • September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 120 days remaining until the end of the year.

 

  • Events on September 2
  • 44 BC – Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.
  • 44 BC – Cicero launches the first of his Philippics (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the following months.
  • 31 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.
  • 1192 – The Treaty of Jaffa is signed between Richard I of England and Saladin, leading to the end of the Third Crusade.
  • 1649 – The Italian city of Castro is completely destroyed by the forces of Pope Innocent X, ending the Wars of Castro.
  • 1666 – The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral.
  • 1752 – Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe.
  • 1789 – The United States Department of the Treasury is founded.
  • 1792 – During what became known as the September Massacres of the French Revolution, rampaging mobs slaughter threeRoman Catholic Church bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
  • 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.
  • 1811 – The University of Oslo is founded as The Royal Fredericks University, after Frederick VI of Denmark and Norway.
  • 1833 – Oberlin College is founded by John Jay Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart in Oberlin, Ohio.
  • 1856 – The Tianjing incident takes place in Nanjing, China.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: United States President Abraham Lincoln reluctantly restores Union General George B. McClellan to full command after General John Pope’s disastrous defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Union forces enter Atlanta, a day after the Confederate defenders flee the city, ending the Atlanta Campaign.
  • 1867 – Mutsuhito, Emperor Meiji of Japan, marries Masako Ichijō. The Empress consort is thereafter known as Lady Haruko.
  • 1870 – Franco-Prussian War: Battle of Sedan: Prussian forces take Napoleon III of France and 100,000 of his soldiers prisoner.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1912 – Arthur Rose Eldred is awarded the first Eagle Scout award of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • 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.
  • 1945 – World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: The Japanese Instrument of Surrender is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
  • 1945 – Vietnam declares its independence, forming the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
  • 1946 – The Interim Government of India is formed, headed by Jawaharlal Nehru as Vice President with the powers of a Prime Minister.
  • 1957 – President Ngô Đình Diệm 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.
  • 1960 – The first election of the Parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, in history of Tibet. The Tibetan community observes this date as 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.
  • 1968 – Operation OAU begins during the Nigerian Civil War
  • 1970 – NASA announces the cancellation of two Apollo missions to the Moon, Apollo 15 (the designation is re-used by a later mission), and Apollo 19.
  • 1984 – Seven people are shot and killed and 12 wounded in the Milperra massacre, a shootout between the rival motorcycle gangs Bandidos and Comancherosin Sydney, Australia.
  • 1985 – Sri Lankan Civil War: Sri Lankan Tamil politicians and former MPs M. Alalasundaram and V. Dharmalingam are shot dead.
  • 1987 – In Moscow, the trial begins for 19-year-old pilot Mathias Rust, who flew his Cessna airplane into Red Square in May.
  • 1990 – Transnistria is unilaterally proclaimed a Soviet republic; the Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev declares the decision null and void.
  • 1992 – An earthquake in Nicaragua kills at least 116 people.
  • 1998 – Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia; all 229 people onboard are killed.
  • 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 ofgenocide.

 

 

 

  • Births on September 2
  • 1243 – Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Gloucester, 6th Earl of Hertford, English politician (d. 1295)
  • 1251 – Francis of Fabriano, Italian writer (d. 1322)
  • 1516 – Francis I, Duke of Nevers (d. 1561)
  • 1661 – Georg Böhm, German organist and composer (d. 1733)
  • 1675 – William Somervile, English poet and author (d. 1742)
  • 1753 – Marie Joséphine of Savoy (d. 1810)
  • 1778 – Louis Bonaparte, French-Dutch king (d. 1846)
  • 1805 – Esteban Echeverría, Argentinian poet and author (d. 1851)
  • 1810 – Lysander Button, American engineer (d. 1898)
  • 1810 – William Seymour Tyler, American historian and educator (d. 1897)
  • 1812 – William Fox, English-New Zealand lawyer and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1893)
  • 1814 – Ernst Curtius, German archaeologist and historian (d. 1896)
  • 1820 – Lucretia Hale, American journalist and author (d. 1900)
  • 1830 – William P. Frye, American lawyer and politician (d. 1911)
  • 1838 – Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Indian guru and philosopher (d. 1914)
  • 1838 – Liliuokalani of Hawaii (d. 1917)
  • 1839 – Henry George, American economist and author (d. 1897)
  • 1850 – Eugene Field American author and poet (d. 1895)
  • 1850 – Albert Spalding, American baseball player, manager, and businessman, co-founded the Spalding Sporting Goods Company (d. 1915)
  • 1850 – Woldemar Voigt, German physicist and academic (d. 1919)
  • 1852 – Paul Bourget, French author and critic (d. 1935)
  • 1853 – Wilhelm Ostwald, Latvian-German chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1932)
  • 1854 – Hans Jæger, Norwegian philosopher and activist (d. 1910)
  • 1862 – Franjo Krežma, Croatian violinist and composer (d. 1881)
  • 1865 – Simeón Ola, Filipino general and politician (d. 1952)
  • 1866 – Charles Vintcent, South African cricketer and rugby player (d. 1943)
  • 1873 – Lily Poulett-Harris, Australian cricketer and educator (d. 1897)
  • 1877 – Frederick Soddy, English chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1956)
  • 1878 – Herman, Estonian-Finnish archbishop (d. 1961)
  • 1878 – Ion Dragoumis, Greek philosopher and diplomat (d. 1920)
  • 1878 – Werner von Blomberg, German field marshal (d. 1946)
  • 1883 – Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria (d. 1963)
  • 1884 – Frank Laubach, American missionary and mystic (d. 1970)
  • 1892 – Dezső Kertész, Hungarian actor and film director (d. 1965)
  • 1894 – Joseph Roth, Austrian journalist and author (d. 1939)
  • 1901 – Andreas Embirikos, Greek psychoanalyst and poet (d. 1975)
  • 1901 – Adolph Rupp, American basketball player and coach (d. 1977)
  • 1904 – August Jakobson, Estonian author and politician (d. 1963)
  • 1907 – Pertev Naili Boratav, Turkish author and educator (d. 1998)
  • 1910 – Paul Saagpakk, Estonian linguist, lexicographer, and academic (d. 1996)
  • 1911 – Romare Bearden, American painter and author (d. 1988)
  • 1911 – William F. Harrah, American businessman, founded the Caesars Entertainment Corporation (d. 1978)
  • 1912 – Ernest Bromley, Australian cricketer (d. 1967)
  • 1913 – Israel Gelfand, Russian-American mathematician and biologist (d. 2009)
  • 1913 – Bill Shankly, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 1981)
  • 1915 – Benjamin Aaron, American lawyer and scholar (d. 2007)
  • 1916 – Ömer Lütfi Akad, Turkish director and screenwriter (d. 2011)
  • 1917 – Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian-American guitarist and composer (d. 1995)
  • 1917 – Cleveland Amory, American author and critic (d. 1997)
  • 1918 – Allen Drury, American journalist and author (d. 1998)
  • 1919 – Marge Champion, American actress, dancer, and choreographer
  • 1919 – Lance Macklin, English race car driver and businessman (d. 2002)
  • 1922 – Leigh Kamman, American radio host (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – René Thom, French mathematician, biologist, and academic (d. 2002)
  • 1924 – Daniel arap Moi, Kenyan educator and politician, 2nd President of Kenya
  • 1925 – Hugo Montenegro, American composer and conductor (d. 1981)
  • 1927 – Milo Hamilton, American sportscaster (d. 2015)
  • 1928 – Jim Jordan, Canadian educator and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1928 – Horace Silver, American pianist and composer (d. 2014)
  • 1928 – Mel Stuart, American director and producer (d. 2012)
  • 1929 – Hal Ashby, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1988)
  • 1929 – Beulah Bewley, English physician and academic
  • 1929 – Rex Hartwig, Australian tennis player
  • 1929 – Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor and director (d. 2012)
  • 1931 – Clifford Jordan, American saxophonist (d. 1993)
  • 1931 – Alan K. Simpson, American politician, senator of Wyoming
  • 1932 – Walter Davis, Jr., American pianist (d. 1990)
  • 1932 – Arnold Greenberg, American businessman, co-founded Snapple (d. 2012)
  • 1933 – Ed Conlin, American basketball player and coach (d. 2012)
  • 1933 – Mathieu Kérékou, Beninese soldier and politician, President of Benin (d. 2015)
  • 1934 – Chuck McCann, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1934 – Grady Nutt, American comedian, minister, and author (d. 1982)
  • 1935 – D. Wayne Lukas, American horse trainer
  • 1936 – Andrew Grove, Hungarian-American businessman, engineer, and author
  • 1936 – Károly Krajczár, Hungarian-Slovene author and educator
  • 1937 – Len Carlson, Canadian voice actor (d. 2006)
  • 1937 – Peter Ueberroth, American businessman
  • 1938 – Leonard Appleyard, English diplomat, British Ambassador to China
  • 1941 – Jyrki Otila, Finnish economist and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1941 – Sadhana Shivdasani, Indian actress (d. 2015)
  • 1941 – John Thompson, American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1943 – Rosalind Ashford, American singer
  • 1943 – Glen Sather, Canadian ice hockey player and manager
  • 1943 – Joe Simon, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1944 – Janet Simpson, English sprinter (d. 2010)
  • 1946 – Luis Ávalos, Cuban-American actor (d. 2014)
  • 1946 – Mary Goudie, Baroness Goudie, English humanitarian and politician
  • 1946 – Billy Preston, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (d. 2006)
  • 1946 – Walt Simonson, American author and illustrator
  • 1946 – Dan White, American sergeant and politician (d. 1985)
  • 1947 – Louis Michel, Belgian educator and politician, Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 1947 – Jim Richards, New Zealand race car driver
  • 1948 – Nate Archibald, American basketball player and coach
  • 1948 – Terry Bradshaw, American football player, sportscaster, and actor
  • 1948 – Christa McAuliffe, American educator and astronaut (d. 1986)
  • 1950 – Michael Rother, German guitarist, keyboard player, and songwriter
  • 1951 – Jim DeMint, American politician
  • 1951 – Mark Harmon, American actor and producer
  • 1952 – Jimmy Connors, American tennis player, coach, and sportscaster
  • 1952 – Mihhail Lotman, Estonian linguist, scholar, and politician
  • 1953 – Maurice Colclough, English rugby player (d. 2006)
  • 1953 – Ahmad Shah Massoud, Afghan commander and politician, Afghan Minister of Defense (d. 2001)
  • 1953 – John Zorn, American saxophonist, composer, and producer
  • 1954 – Billi Gordon, American neuroscientist, author, and actor
  • 1954 – Gai Waterhouse, Scottish-Australian horse trainer and businesswoman
  • 1956 – Mario Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • 1957 – Tony Alva, American skateboarder and bass player
  • 1957 – Steve Porcaro, American keyboard player and songwriter
  • 1958 – Olivier Grouillard, French race car driver
  • 1958 – Lynne Kosky, Australian social worker and politician (d. 2014)
  • 1959 – Drungo Hazewood, American baseball player (d. 2013)
  • 1959 – Guy Laliberté, Canadian businessman, philanthropist, and poker player, founded Cirque du Soleil
  • 1960 – Eric Dickerson, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1960 – Kristin Halvorsen, Norwegian politician, Norwegian Minister of Finance
  • 1960 – Rex Hudler, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer and manager
  • 1961 – Ron Wasserman, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1962 – Eugenio Derbez, Mexican actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1962 – Alonso Lujambio, Mexican academic and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1962 – Prachya Pinkaew, Thai director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1962 – Keir Starmer, English lawyer and politician
  • 1963 – Sam Mitchell, American basketball player and coach
  • 1964 – Andrea Illy, Italian businessman
  • 1964 – Keanu Reeves, Lebanese-Canadian actor, singer, and producer
  • 1965 – Lennox Lewis, English-Canadian boxer
  • 1965 – Partho Sen-Gupta, Indian director and screenwriter
  • 1966 – Dino Cazares, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1966 – Massimo Cuttitta, Italian rugby player and coach
  • 1966 – Salma Hayek, Mexican-American actress, director, and producer
  • 1966 – Olivier Panis, French race car driver
  • 1966 – Tuc Watkins, American actor
  • 1967 – Frank Fontsere, American drummer and songwriter
  • 1967 – Andreas Möller, German footballer and manager
  • 1968 – David Dinsmore, Scottish journalist
  • 1968 – Cynthia Watros, American actress
  • 1969 – Stéphane Matteau, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1969 – Dave Naz, American photographer and director
  • 1971 – Kjetil André Aamodt, Norwegian skier
  • 1971 – Tommy Maddox, American football player and coach
  • 1971 – César Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • 1971 – Tom Steels, Belgian cyclist
  • 1972 – Robert Coles, English golfer
  • 1973 – Matthew Dunn, Australian swimmer
  • 1973 – Jason Blake, American ice hockey player
  • 1973 – Indika de Saram, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • 1974 – Steven Johnson, Australian race car driver
  • 1975 – MC Chris, American rapper, actor, and screenwriter
  • 1976 – Aziz Zakari, Ghanaian sprinter
  • 1977 – Frédéric Kanouté, Malian footballer
  • 1979 – Tomer Ben Yosef, Israeli footballer
  • 1979 – Brian Westbrook, American football player
  • 1980 – Dany Sabourin, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 – Danny Shittu, Nigerian footballer
  • 1980 – Hiroki Yoshimoto, Japanese race car driver
  • 1981 – Fariborz Kamkari, Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1981 – Jennifer Hopkins, American tennis player
  • 1981 – Chris Tremlett, English cricketer
  • 1982 – Joey Barton, English footballer
  • 1982 – Jason Hammel, American baseball player
  • 1982 – Mark Phillips, English footballer
  • 1983 – Rich Boy, American rapper and producer
  • 1983 – Mark Foster, English rugby player
  • 1984 – Jack Peñate, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1985 – Keith Galloway, Australian rugby league player
  • 1986 – Gélson Fernandes, Swiss footballer
  • 1986 – Kyle Hines, American basketball player
  • 1987 – Scott Moir, Canadian ice dancer
  • 1988 – Ibrahim Šehić, Bosnian footballer
  • 1988 – Keisuke Kato, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1988 – Javi Martínez, Spanish footballer
  • 1988 – Ishant Sharma, Indian cricketer
  • 1988 – Ishmeet Singh, Indian singer (d. 2008)
  • 1989 – Marcus Morris, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Markieff Morris, American basketball player
  • 1989 – Alexandre Pato, Brazilian footballer
  • 1990 – Marcus Ericsson, Swedish race car driver
  • 1990 – Shayla Worley, American gymnast
  • 1991 – Gyasi Zardes, American footballer
  • 1992 – Xenia Knoll, Swiss tennis player
  • 1992 – Nenad Lukić, Serbian footballer
  • 1992 – Alberto Masi, Italian footballer
  • 1993 – Tom Anderson, English footballer
  • 1993 – Robert Rooba, Estonian ice hockey player
  • 1994 – Kishen Velani, English cricketer
  • 1995 – İbrahim Demir, Turkish footballer
  • 1995 – Deimantas Petravičius, Lithuanian footballer
  • 1996 – Lilla Barzó, Hungarian tennis player

 

 

 

  • Deaths on September 2
  • 421 – Constantius III, Roman emperor
  • 459 – Simeon Stylites, Byzantine saint (b. 390)
  • 595 – John IV of Constantinople
  • 1022 – Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill, king of Mide and High King of Ireland
  • 1031 – Saint Emeric of Hungary (b. 1000)
  • 1274 – Prince Munetaka, Japanese shogun (b. 1242)
  • 1397 – Francesco Landini, Italian composer
  • 1540 – Dawit II of Ethiopia (b. 1501)
  • 1680 – Per Brahe the Younger, Swedish soldier and politician, Lord High Steward of Sweden (b. 1602)
  • 1688 – Sir Robert Vyner, 1st Baronet, English businessman and politician, Lord Mayor of London (b. 1631)
  • 1690 – Philip William, Elector Palatine, German Count Palatine of Neuburg (b. 1615)
  • 1764 – Nathaniel Bliss, English astronomer and mathematician (b. 1700)
  • 1765 – Henry Bouquet, Swiss-English colonel (b. 1719)
  • 1768 – Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician and theorist (b. 1703)
  • 1790 – Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim, German historian and theologian (b. 1701)
  • 1813 – Jean Victor Marie Moreau, French general (b. 1763)
  • 1820 – Jiaqing Emperor of China (b. 1760)
  • 1832 – Franz Xaver von Zach, Hungarian-French astronomer and academic (b. 1754)
  • 1834 – Thomas Telford, Scottish engineer and architect, designed the Menai Suspension Bridge (b. 1757)
  • 1865 – William Rowan Hamilton, Irish physicist, astronomer, and mathematician (b. 1805)
  • 1872 – N. F. S. Grundtvig, Danish pastor, philosopher, and author (b. 1783)
  • 1877 – Constantine Kanaris, Greek admiral and politician, 16th Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1793)
  • 1885 – Giuseppe Bonavia, Maltese architect (b. 1821)
  • 1898 – Wilford Woodruff, American religious leader, 4th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1807)
  • 1910 – Henri Rousseau, French painter (b. 1844)
  • 1921 – Henry Austin Dobson, English poet and critic (b. 1840)
  • 1922 – Henry Lawson, Australian poet and author (b. 1867)
  • 1927 – Umegatani Tōtarō II, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 20th Yokozuna (b. 1878)
  • 1934 – James Allan, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1860)
  • 1934 – Russ Columbo, American singer, violinist, and actor (b. 1908)
  • 1934 – Alcide Nunez, American clarinet player (Original Dixieland Jass Band) (b. 1884)
  • 1937 – Pierre de Coubertin, French historian and educator, founded the International Olympic Committee (b. 1863)
  • 1941 – Lloyd Seay, American race car driver (b. 1919)
  • 1942 – James Juvenal, American rower (b. 1874)
  • 1943 – Marsden Hartley, American painter and poet (b. 1877)
  • 1944 – Bella Rosenfeld, Russian-American model and author (b. 1895)
  • 1945 – Mason Phelps, American golfer (b. 1885)
  • 1948 – Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy (b. 1883)
  • 1953 – Hendrik Offerhaus, Dutch rower (b. 1875)
  • 1953 – Jonathan M. Wainwright, American general, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1883)
  • 1954 – Franz Leopold Neumann, German lawyer and political scientist (b. 1900)
  • 1962 – William Wilkerson, American publisher and businessman (b. 1890)
  • 1964 – Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist and scholar (b. 1900)
  • 1964 – Alvin C. York, American colonel, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1887)
  • 1965 – Johannes Bobrowski, German poet and author (b. 1917)
  • 1969 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese politician, 1st President of Vietnam (b. 1890)
  • 1971 – Robert Mensah, Ghanaian footballer (b. 1939)
  • 1973 – Carl Dudley, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1973 – J. R. R. Tolkien, English novelist, short story writer, poet, and philologist (b. 1892)
  • 1975 – Mabel Vernon, American activist (b. 1883)
  • 1976 – Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish poet and playwright (b. 1934)
  • 1977 – Stephen Dunne, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1978 – Fred G. Meyer, American businessman, founded Fred Meyer (b. 1886)
  • 1979 – Otto P. Weyland, American general (b. 1903)
  • 1983 – Feri Cansel, Turkish-Cypriot actress (b. 1944)
  • 1984 – Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (b. 1908)
  • 1985 – M. Alalasundaram, Sri Lankan Tamil teacher and politician
  • 1985 – Abe Lenstra, Dutch footballer (b. 1920)
  • 1985 – V. Dharmalingam, Sri Lankan Tamil politician (b. 1918)
  • 1985 – Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • 1987 – Brian Clay, Australian rugby league player (b. 1935)
  • 1990 – Robert Holmes à Court, South African-Australian businessman and lawyer (b. 1937)
  • 1991 – Alfonso García Robles, Mexican politician and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
  • 1992 – Barbara McClintock, American geneticist and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • 1996 – Paddy Clift, Zimbabwean cricketer (b. 1953)
  • 1997 – Rudolf Bing, Austrian-American manager (b. 1902)
  • 1997 – Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (b. 1905)
  • 1998 – Jackie Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • 1998 – Allen Drury, American journalist and author (b. 1918)
  • 2000 – Elvera Sanchez, American dancer (b. 1905)
  • 2000 – Curt Siodmak, German-American author and screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • 2001 – Christiaan Barnard, South African surgeon and academic (b. 1922)
  • 2001 – Troy Donahue, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2002 – Dick Reynolds, Australian footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • 2004 – Joan Oró, Catalan biochemist and academic (b. 1923)
  • 2005 – Bob Denver, American actor (b. 1935)
  • 2006 – Bob Mathias, American decathlete and politician (b. 1930)
  • 2006 – Willi Ninja, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1961)
  • 2007 – Franz-Benno Delonge, German game designer, created TransAmerica (b. 1957)
  • 2007 – Max McNab, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1924)
  • 2008 – Bill Melendez, Mexican-American animator, director, producer, and voice actor (b. 1916)
  • 2009 – Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Indian politician, 14th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (b. 1949)
  • 2011 – Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)
  • 2011 – Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean television presenter (b. 1966)
  • 2012 – Mark Abrahamian, American guitarist (b. 1966)
  • 2012 – Jack Boucher, American photographer and director (b. 1931)
  • 2012 – John C. Marshall, English singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1941)
  • 2012 – Emmanuel Nunes, Portuguese-French composer and educator (b. 1941)
  • 2013 – Valérie Benguigui, French actress and director (b. 1965)
  • 2013 – Terry Clawson, English rugby player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2013 – Ronald Coase, English-American economist and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • 2013 – David Jacobs, English radio and television host (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – Frederik Pohl, American author and publisher (b. 1919)
  • 2013 – Paul Scoon, Grenadian politician, 2nd Governor-General of Grenada (b. 1935)
  • 2014 – Peter Carter, Nigerian-English diplomat, British Ambassador to Estonia (b. 1956)
  • 2014 – F. Emmett Fitzpatrick, American lawyer and politician, 20th District Attorney of Philadelphia (b. 1930)
  • 2014 – Norman Gordon, South African cricketer (b. 1911)
  • 2014 – Helena Rakoczy, Polish gymnast (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Goolam Essaji Vahanvati, Indian lawyer and politician, 13th Attorney General of India (b. 1949)
  • 2015 – Ephraim Engleman, American rheumatologist, author, and academic (b. 1911)
  • 2016 – Islam Karimov, Uzbek politician, 1st President of Uzbekistan (b. 1938)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Holidays and observances on September 2
  • Christian feast day:
    • Acepsimas of Hnaita and companions (Syriac Orthodox Church)
    • Agricola of Avignon
    • Antoninus of Pamiers
    • Castor of Apt
    • Nonnosus
    • San Esteban del Rey (Acoma Pueblo)
    • September 2 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
  • Democracy Day (Tibet)
  • Independence Day (Transnistria, unrecognized)
  • Independence Day (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, unrecognized)
  • National Blueberry Popsicle Day (United States)
  • National Day, celebrates the independence of Vietnam from Japan and France in 1945
  • Sedantag (German Empire, defunct)
  • Victory over Japan Day (United States)

 

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