Today is the second day of September, and you might not know of this, but the second day of September is surprisingly an uneventful date in terms of historical anniversaries. There have been no historical people of note born on this day, and there have been very little events recognized by Historians transpiring on September 2. I put together a list, just so you can see how little historical anniversaries are remembered today.
September 2 anniversaries:
- 31 BC – Final War of the Roman Republic: Troops supporting Octavian defeated the forces of Mark Antony and Cleopatra in the naval Battle of Actium on the Ionian Sea near Actium inGreece.
- 1666 – A large fire began on London's Pudding Lane and burned the city for three days, destroying St Paul's Cathedral and the homes of 70,000 of the city's 80,000 inhabitants.
- 1901 – U.S. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt first uttered the famous phrase "speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair, describing his philosophy of negotiating peacefully while simultaneously threatening to use military force.
- 1957 – President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam became the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia.
- 1990 – The small country of Transnistria unilaterally declared its independence from what was then the Moldavian SSR of the Soviet Union, but independence has only been recognized by Abkhazia and South Ossetia, who are also partially recognised states.
- 1998 – Swissair Flight 111, en route from New York City to Geneva, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 229 people on board.
Although not much happened, historically, on September 2, the events that did transpire are very significant.