The National Weather Service predicts a 50% chance of thunderstorms and a high of 88.
On September 2 in
1666 The Great Fire of London broke out.
1864 during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta.
1935 A Labor Day hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives.
1945 Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.
1945 Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969.)
1963 Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers. The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television's first half-hour nightly newscast.
1993 The United States and Russia formally ended decades of competition in space by agreeing to a joint venture to build a space station.
In The Star
Sept. 2, 1938, in The Star: If your Alabama home or business has a handset-type telephone [as opposed to the candlestick style, presumably], then you pay a 15-cent surcharge for the device. The controversial fee has been ordered removed in Alabama and Georgia, however, and representatives of the Southern Bell Telephone Company and the Alabama Public Service Commission are going to get together to talk about it. More than 16,000 subscribers in Alabama use the new-type sets. Also this date: A $5,000 air-conditioning system and a Hammond electric organ have been installed at Usrey Funeral Home, part of a renovation that includes redecoration with new carpeting and new draperies. T. Flint Gray, manager, invites the public to see the facility at an open house this Sunday afternoon. Additionally: Nazi Fuehrer Adolf Hitler reassured Europe today that Germany will avoid any hasty blow against Czechoslovakia that might start another world war.
Sept. 2, 1988, in The Star: A hiring freeze for civilian employees at Fort McClellan may be lifted as soon as Oct. 1, according to media relations officer Joe Carter.
Birthdays for September 2
Former United States Olympic Committee Chairman Peter Ueberroth is 76. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Gooden (The Impressions) is 74. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 73. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas) is 70. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw is 65. Basketball Hall of Famer Nate Archibald is 65. Actor Mark Harmon is 62. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is 61. Country musician Paul Deakin (The Mavericks) is 54. Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is 53. Actor Keanu Reeves is 49. International Boxing Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis is 48. Actor-comedian Katt Williams is 40. Actor Michael Lombardi is 39. Actress Tiffany Hines is 36. Rock musician Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 36. Actor Jonathan Kite is 34.
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