On this day: September 2

Published On: Aug 22 2013 10:51:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 02 2013 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 - Theodore Roosevelt
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1901: U.S. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. The speech came four days before the assassination of President William McKinley, who died eight days after the attack, thrusting Roosevelt into the presidency.

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