2 September It Happened Today
1834 Death of Scottish engineer and bridge builder, Thomas Telford.
1910 Death of French painter Henri Rousseau.
1937 Death of the French founder of the International Olympic Committee, Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
1945 Japan officially surrenders to the US aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
1952 Birth of American tennis player Jimmy Connors.
1973 Death of English author of The Lord of the Rings, J R R Tolkien.
2001 Death of South African pioneering heart transplant doctor, Christiaan Barnard.