2nd September 1892 – The Sudanese are massacred at the so called battle of Omdurman. About sixteen thousands are killed but just 48 British soldiers. One NCO commented “I thought it was like murder” and another declared he thought it was “more like a butcher’s killing house than anything else.”  British soldiers were ordered to shoot the prisoners and wounded, supposedly “in revenge” for the killing of General Gordon during the siege of Khartoum seven years earlier.

2nd September 1958 – Britain tests a nuclear bomb on Christmas Island.