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September 2
1666   The Great Fire of London, which devastates the city, begins.
1789   The Treasury Department, headed by Alexander Hamilton, is created in New York City.
1792   Verdun, France, surrenders to the Prussian Army.
1798   The Maltese people revolt against the French occupation, forcing the French troops to take refuge in the citadel of Valetta in Malta.
1870   Napoleon III capitulates to the Prussians at Sedan, France.
1885   In Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, 28 Chinese laborers are killed and hundreds more chased out of town by striking coal miners.
1898   Sir Herbert Kitchner leads the British to victory over the Mahdists at Omdurman and takes Khartoum.
1910   Alice Stebbins Wells is admitted to the Los Angeles Police Force as the first woman police officer to receive an appointment based on a civil service exam.
1915   Austro-German armies take Grodno, Poland.
1944   Troops of the U.S. First Army enter Belgium.
1945   Japan signs the document of surrender aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II
1945   Vietnam declares its independence and Nationalist leader Ho Chi Minh proclaims himself its first president.
1956   Tennessee National Guardsmen halt rioters protesting the admission of 12 African-Americans to schools in Clinton.
1963   Alabama Governor George Wallace calls state troopers to Tuskegee High School to prevent integration.
1963   The US gets its first half-hour TV weeknight national news broadcast when CBS Evening News expands from 15 to 30 minutes.
1970   NASA cancels two planned missions to the moon.
1975   Joseph W. Hatcher of Tallahassee, Florida, becomes the state's first African-American supreme court justice since Reconstruction.
1992   The US and Russia agree to a joint venture to build a space station.
1996   The Philippine government and Muslim rebels sign a pact, formally ending a 26-year long insurgency.
1998   Jean Paul Akayesu, former mayor of a small town in Rwanda, found guilty of nine counts of genocide by the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Born on September 2
1838   Lydia Kamekeha Liliuokalani, last sovereign before annexation of Hawaii by the United States.
1850   Eugene Field, poet and journalist.
1877   Frederick Soddy, named an isotope and received 1921 Nobel prize for chemistry.
1901   Adolph Rupp, basketball coach at the University of Kentucky who achieved a record 876 victories.
1946   Dan White, politician; assassinated San Francisco mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk.
1948   Christa McAuliffe, the first civilian passenger on a space mission. During that mission, she and the six other crew members on the space shuttle Challenger perished in an explosion shortly after launch.
1948   Terry Bradshaw, athlete, TV sports analyst, actor; first quarterback to win four Super Bowls (Pittsburgh Steelers); Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1951   Mark Harmon, actor (St. Elsewhere, NCIS TV series).
1952   Jimmy Connors, former World No. 1 tennis player; reached more Grand Slam quarterfinals than any other male.
1964   Keanu Reeves, actor (Speed, The Matrix trilogy).

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