September 2

1666

The great fire of London broke out, destroying much of the city, including St. Paul's Cathedral.

1789

The U.S. Treasury Department was established.

1901

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt gave his "speak softly and carry a big stick" speech, regarding foreign policy, at the Minnesota State Fair.

1945

Japan's formal surrender in World War II was celebrated as Victory over Japan (V-J) Day.

1945

Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic.

1963

Alabama governor George Wallace prevented the racial integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.

1969

North Vietnamese president Chi Minh died.

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