This day in history

Monday, Sept. 2, is the 245th day of 2013. There are 120 days left in the year. This is Labor Day.

Today’s birthdays: Dancer-actress Marge Champion is 94. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 65. Basketball Hall of Famer Nate Archibald is 65. Actor Mark Harmon is 62. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is 62. Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is 61. Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is 53. Actor Keanu Reeves is 49. Boxing Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis is 48. Actress Salma Hayek is 47.

In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out.


In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was established.

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In 1864, during the Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman’s forces occupied Atlanta.

In 1935, a hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives.

In 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.

In 1963, Alabama Governor George C. Wallace prevented integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.


In 1986, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. (Smith served 18 months.)

In 1998, a Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard.