On this day: September 2

Published On: Aug 22 2013 10:51:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

London burns, Atlanta falls to Union forces, Japan surrenders to end World War II, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates its opening with a star-studded jam, all on this day.

OTD September 2 - Swissair Flight 111
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1998: Swissair Flight 111 from New York City to Geneva, Switzerland, crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada. All 229 people on board were killed. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada's official report stated that flammable material used in the aircraft's structure allowed a fire to spread beyond the control of the crew, resulting in the loss of control and crash of the aircraft. Here the aircraft involved in the accident is seen at Zurich Airport in July 1998.

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