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September 02, 2016

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Today is Friday September 02, 2016 The 246th day of 2016-- 120 left It is a leap year Sunrise this morning 6:39 a.m. set: 7:40 p.m. 13:01 hours of daylight Moonrise: 4:57 a.m. set: 6:47 p.m. SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS TODAY; Today is VJ Day, Calendar Adjustment Day, Blueberry popcicle Day, World Coconut Day, Bring your manners to work and Hug your Boss day, National No Patrick Day if you're into SpongeBob Square pants and Independence DAy in Vietnam. This day in History: 31 B.C. - The Roman leader Octavian defeated the alliance of Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Octavian, as Augustus Caesar, became the first Roman emperor. 1666 - The Great Fire of London broke out. The fire burned for three days destroying 10,000 buildings including St. Paul's Cathedral. Only 6 people were killed. 1775 - Hannah, the first American war vessel was commissioned by General George Washington. 1789 - The U.S. Treasury Department was established. 1864 - During the U.S. Civil War Union forces led by Gen. William T. Sherman occupied Atlanta following the retreat of the Confederates. 1897 - The first issue of "McCall’s" magazine was published. The magazine had been known previously as "Queens Magazine" and "Queen of Fashion." 1901 - Theodore Roosevelt, then Vice President, said "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. 1930 - The "Question Mark" made the first non-stop flight from Europe to the U.S. The plane was flown by Captain Dieudonne Coste and Maurice Bellonte. 1938 - The first railroad car to be equipped with fluorescent lighting was put into operation on the New York Central railroad. 1945 - Japan surrendered to the U.S. aboard the USS Missouri, ending World War II. The war ended six years and one day after it began. 1945 - Ho Chi Minh declared the independence the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. 1961 - The U.S.S.R. resumed nuclear weapons testing. Test ban treaty negotiations had failed with the U.S. and Britain when the three nations could not agree upon the nature and frequency of on-site inspections. 1962 - Ken Hubbs (Chicago Cubs) set a major-league baseball fielding record when he played errorless for his 74th consecutive game. 1963 - The integration of Tuskegee High School was prevented by state troopers assigned by Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Wallace had the building surrounded by state troopers. 1963 - "The CBS Evening News" was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes. 1969 - NBC-TV canceled "Star Trek." The show had debuted on September 8, 1966. 1973 - Billy Martin was fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers. Martin was relieved of his duties three days after ordering his pitchers to throw spitballs against Cleveland Indians batters. 1985 - It was announced that the Titanic had been found on September 1 by a U.S. and French expedition 560 miles off Newfoundland. The luxury liner had been missing for 73 years. 1991 - The U.S. formally recognized the independence of Lithuania, Lativa and Estonia. 1992 - The U.S. and Russia agreed to a joint venture to build a space station. 1996 - Muslim rebels and the Philippine government signed a pact formally ending 26-years of insurgency that had killed more than 120,000 people. 1998 - In Canada, pilots for Canada's largest airline launch their first strike in Air Canada's history. If Today is your Birthday you share your special day with: Cleveland Amory 1917 Laurindo Almeida 1917 Allen Drury 1918 Martha Mitchell 1918 Marge Champion 1923 Horace Silver 1928 Eddie Price 1929 Grady Nutt 1934 - Comedian ("Hee Haw") Peter Ueberroth 1937 Sam Gooden (Roosters, The Impressions) 1939 Jimmy Clanton 1940 Tom Keating 1942 Joe Simon 1943 Luke Walker 1943 Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas) 1943 Marty Grebb (The Buckinghams) 1946 Terry Bradshaw 1948 Christa McAuliffe 1948 Nate 'Tiny' Archibald 1948 Lamar Johnson 1950 Mark Harmon 1951 Lenvil Elliott 1951 Jimmy Connors 1952 Rick Manning 1954 Linda Purl 1955 Steve Porcaro (Toto) 1957 Jerry Augustyniak (10,000 Maniacs) 1958 Fritz McIntyre (Simply Red) 1958 Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) 1959 Eric Dickerson 1960 Keanu Reeves 1964 Salma Hayek 1966 Tags: almanac