Born on this Day 2nd September
1726 John Howard
1925 Russ Conway
1933 Victor Spinetti
1937 Derek Fowlds
1933 Conway Twitty
1952 Jimmy Connors
1961 K.D. Lang
1964 Keanu Reeves
1965 Lennox Lewis
1981 Chris Tremlett
1982 Joey Barton
1982 Mark Phillips
1983 Mark Foster
1984 Jack Peñate
1989 Joel Goonan
1993 Tom Anderson
1994 Kishen Velani
Died On This Day
1973 J.R.R. Tolkien
1994 Roy Castle
2001 Christian Barnard
1964 After race riots in Philadelphia, The Beatles were not happy to see their 13,000 audience at the Convention Hall were all white, and said so on the local radio station on which the concert was being broadcast.
1972 The Hollies’ biggest US hit ‘Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)’ peaked at No.2.
1982 The Amnesty International show at Wembley took place with acts including Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, and Tracy Chapman.
1989 Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to kill his wife, he was released on condition he immediately went into detox and the case was later dropped when the couple reconciled.
1989 Paula Abdul scored her third US no. 1 single of the year with ‘Cold Hearted’, a no.46 hit in the UK.
1995 Michael Jackson went to no.1 in the US single chart with a song written by R. Kelly, ‘You Are Not Alone’, also a no.1 in the UK.
1993 Soccer star Pele revealed in a Playboy magazine interview that he had faith-healing powers and helped cure children suffering from cancer.
1997 Tennis stars Greg Rusedski and Andre Agassi began the trend of wearing a black ribbon to mark the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
People & Showbiz
1974 A one-off episodeof ‘Rising Damp’ was broadcast called ‘The Lodgers’. It proved so popular ,a new series began in December.
1990 Iraqi newspapers stated that Mrs Thatcher was a ‘circus buffoon, vomiting poison like a spotted serpent’.
1666 The Great Fire of London began in a bakery in Pudding Lane. The fire destroyed 13,000 buildings in 4 days, only 8 people died in the fire.
1789 The 3rd American presidential cabinet department, The Treasury Department, was established by an act of congress.
1944 Jewish diarist Anne Frank was sent to Auschwitz.
1944 Navy pilot and future president George Bush was shot down by the Japanese after a successful bombing run against an enemy radio communications centre in the Bonin islands. He was rescued by the US marine Finback.
1979 The Yorkshire Ripper murdered his 12th victim, 20 year old Bradford University student Barbara Leach.
1997 It was announced that the 6 photographers and motorcycle courier involved in the chase that culminated in the death of Diana, Princess of Wales were to face manslaughter charges after they failed to help the crah victims.