The Courier-Mail

ON THIS DAY

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To­day is Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 2, the 245th day of 2015. High­lights on this date: 1666 - Great Fire of Lon­don burns for five days, nearly de­stroy­ing the city, in­clud­ing St. Paul’s Cathe­dral, but claims few lives. 1796 - The Septem­ber Mas­sacres, which killed some 1,200 peo­ple, be­gin when an armed band at­tacks pris­on­ers be­ing trans­ferred be­tween jails in Paris in the belief that they are counter rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies. 1870 - Em­peror Napoleon III and 83,000 French troops sur­ren­der at Sedan to en­cir­cling Ger­man troops, de­cid­ing the Franco-Ger­man War af­ter six weeks. 1898 - Bri­tish forces un­der Ho­ra­tio Kitch­ener de­feat the Khal­ifa’s army at Om­dur­man, Su­dan. The young Win­ston Churchill takes part in a cav­alry charge. 1963 - Alabama Gover­nor Ge­orge C. Wal­lace pre­vents the racial in­te­gra­tion of Tuskegee High School by en­cir­cling the build­ing with state troop­ers. 1985 - A US-French ex­pe­di­tion lo­cates the Titanic wreck­age, about 900 km off New­found­land, Canada, where the ship sank in 1912 af­ter hit­ting an ice­berg on its maiden voy­age, killing some 1,500 peo­ple. 2010 - Pro­fes­sor Stephen Hawk­ing ar­gues in his new book that there need not be a God be­hind the cre­ation of the uni­verse.

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