On This Day In History, 1 September

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World Events Today

  • The wreck of the RMS Titanic, unseen for 73 years, was finally located off the coast of Newfoundland today in 1985
  • The General Post Office in Sydney in Australia, now a listed building, opened today in 1874
  • The Spring Temple Buddha in China was completed today in 2008, it was the tallest statue in the world for 10 years

Entertainment Events Today

  • The mystery thriller movie Rear Window, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, was released today in 1954, some consider it one of the greatest movies ever made
  • The chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer became the first American to win the World Chess Championship today in 1972, he beat the Russian Boris Spassky in the final
  • The Welsh footballer Gareth Bale left Tottenham Hotspur to sign for Real Madrid today in 2013, the fee was an estimated world record 100 million euros

Family Events Today

  • Albert Speer, the Minister of Armaments and War Production in Nazi Germany during most of World War II, died today in 1981 aged 76, he had spent 20 years in prison after the end of the war
  • Rocco Francis Marchegiano, better known as the American boxer Rocky Marciano, was born today in 1923 in Massachusetts, he would become the only undefeated heavyweight champion ever
  • Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García, better known as the Cuban singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan, whose greatest hit was Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, was born today in 1957 in Havana

Main Event Today

  • Nazi Germany invaded Poland today in 1939, it marked the beginning of World War II

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National No Rhyme Nor Reason Day

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