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490 BC

Phidippides of Athens was sent to tell of the victory of the Greek army over the invading Persian Army.
Thus becoming the inspiration for the 26-mile run in the Olympic Games called the Marathon.

31 BC
A naval forces of Octavian defeated the Egyptian-Roman fleet commanded by Marc Antony and Cleopatra in the Battle of Actium.

The Great Fire of London begins in the bakery of Thomas Farriner (or Farynor) on Pudding Lane.
It will burn for three days and destroy 10,000 buildings including St Paul's Cathedral.

Great Britain and its colonies adopt the Gregorian calendar.
This change made it necessary to correct the date by 11 days.
Wednesday, 2 September 1752, was followed by Thursday, 14 September 1752.

Author and poet Eugene Field (Wynken, Blynken and Nod)born in St. Louis, Missouri.


The Japanese Empire signed the formal instrument of surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, ending the Second World War in the Pacific.
General Douglas MacArthur represented the US.

Musician Billy Preston born in Houston, Texas.
He was sometimes reffered to by commentators as the fifth Beatle for the work he did on several Beatle songs.

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