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On This Day in History - 2nd September

Birthdays

1925Russ Conway, Popular pianist of the 50's
1938Michael Hastings, Playwright
1938Glyn Worsnip , Radio and TV journalist
1943Rosalind Ashford, Of the group 'Martha And The Vandellas'
1943Joe Simon, Soul singer
1952Jimmy Connors, American tennis player
1965Lennox Lewis, European & Commonwealth heavyweight champion

Events

1666A fire in a bakery in Pudding Lane, spread to engulf 13,000 buildings; 'The Great Fire of London'
1910Henri Rousseau, the French painter, died
1914The Ottoman Empire began a general mobilisation
1945On board the aircraft carrier 'Missouri', in Tokyo Bay, General Douglas MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender
1973J.R Tolkien, author of the popular 'Lord of the Rings', died
1980John Arlott the BBC cricketing commentator retired, after 35 years of broadcasting
1992A tidal wave in Nicaragua killed 56 people and made thousands homeless