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September 2

Is the Feast day of Saints William of Roskilde, Agricolus, Antoninus of Pamiers, Brocard, Castor of Apt and the Martyrs of September 1792.

In 31 BC Emperor Augustus (Octavian) defeated Antony at the Battle of Actium and in 1666 the Great Fire of London started; it destroyed 13,000 buildings in four days.  September 2nd 1752 was the last day when the Julian calendar was used in Britain and the Colonies 'officially'; as in the rest of Europe, the following day became 14 September in the Gregorian calendar.  In 1898  the British, led by Lord Kitchener, defeated the Sudanese at the Battle of Omdurman and re-occupied Khartoum and in 1923 the Irish Free State held its first elections.  In 1987 the CD-video, combining digital sound with high-definition video, was launched by Philips.

Wilhelm Ostwald, the celebrated German chemist, was born in 1853.  He devised a cunning apparatus to measure the concentration of gases in the air.  Almost a hundred years later, in 1952, Jimmy Connors was born, but seemingly no-one else of much significance in between them.

Thomas Telford died in 1834, Henri Rousseau in 1910, Pierre de Coubertin (think five rings) in 1937, J R R Tolkein in 1973 (leaving The Silmarillion still unpublished) and Roy Castle in 1994.

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