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 - JRR Tolkien
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1973: English philologist, writer, and poet J. R. R. Tolkien, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Silmarillion," dies at age 81 in Bournemouth, England.

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