The Courier-Mail



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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