What Happened on September 2

Significant Events

  • 31 BC Battle of Actium: decisive naval battle that effectively ends the Roman Republic. Octavian's forces defeat those under Mark Antony and Cleopatra off the western coast of Greece.
  • 1192 Sultan Saladin and King Richard the Lionheart of England sign treaty over Jerusalem, at end of the Third Crusade
  • 1792 September Massacres of the French Revolution: In Paris rampaging mobs slaughter 3 Roman Catholic bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathizers.
  • 1864 Union General William T Sherman captures and burns Atlanta during Savannah Campaign (US Civil War)
  • 1944 Holocaust diarist Anne Frank sent to Auschwitz concentration camp
  • 1945 V-J Day, formal surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri marks the end of WW II (Japanese date, 1st September in US)
More Historical Events

September 2 in Film & TV

  • 1931 Bing Crosby makes his solo radio debut
  • 1949 "The Third Man", directed by Carol Reed, starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli and Orson Welles, is released in the United Kingdom (Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1950)

September 2 in Music

September 2 in Sport

  • 1965 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits his MLB 400th career HR (off Curt Simmons) in Chicago's 5-3 win v St. Louis at Wrigley Field; Simmons also gave up Willie Mays' 400th HR in 1963

Did You Know?

The first automatic teller machine in the United States is installed in Rockville Center, New York.

On September 2, 1969


Would You Believe?

"A Trip To The Moon", the first sci-fi film, released

On September 2, 1902

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

More Weddings & Divorces