Today is Sept. 2. On this date in:
The Great Fire of London broke out, lasting five days and destroying nearly one-third of the medieval city.
During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupied Atlanta.
Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.
Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.
Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969.)
“The CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes, becoming network television's first half-hour nightly newscast.
In what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, passed test data through a 15-foot cable.
Vietnam president Ho Chi Minh died in Hanoi.
A judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. (Smith served 18 months.)