03 September 2012

Timeline September 2 & 3

September 2
1666  The Great Fire of London broke out and burned for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St Paul's Cathedral.
1752  Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe.
1877  Frederick Soddy, British chemist, Nobel laureate was born.
1945  Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri, ending WW II.
1969  The first automatic teller machine to use magnetic-striped cards was opened to the public at Chemical Bank in New York.
1985  A US-French expedition announced that it had located the wreckage of the Titanic about 560 miles off Newfoundland.

September 3
1189  England's King Richard I (The Lion Heart) was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1658  Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died.
1724  Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and Governor of Quebec was born.
1783  The Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War.
1803  English scientist John Dalton began using symbols to represent the atoms of different elements.
1939  Britain and France declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland.
1976  The unmanned US spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up, colour photos of the planet's surface.

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