On September 2:
1666 The Great fire of London started.
1752 Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar.
1937 Derek Fowlds, the English actor who played Bernard Woolley in Yes Minister, was born.
1945 Vietnam declared its independence.
1960 Peter Snell won a gold medal in the 800 metres and Murray Halberg won the gold in the 5000m race at the Rome Olympics.