But Sept. 2 lives on in space weather lore. It was 150 years ago this date when the Earth was blasted by the strongest geomagnetic storm on record. (Technically, the flare was on the 1st, the effects just didn't reach Earth until the 2nd.)
The Carrington solar flare, named for the astronomer who observed the eruption on the sun, was so intense, the Northern Lights stretched all the way to the tropics, where reports were that people in Cuba could read the paper by the aurora. Spaceweather.com also says the storm electrified telegraph lines, shocking technicians and setting their telegraph papers on fire.
While a geomagnetic storm is not directly harmful to humans, in today's electronic world, a new study suggests a similar storm in modern times would cause $1-2 trillion in electronic infrastructure damage and take several years to recover from. According to a report commissioned by NASA, that damage could include water distribution (and thus the wonder if it could knock out your toilet :) ) Research suggests by checking polar ice (as geomagnetic storms can leave residue) that no event has even come close to that over the past 500 years and scientists to this day wonder what caused such a huge storm.
Here are some more very interesting links for more information.
SpaceWeather.com -- overview of event
NASA story on large solar flares
NASA story on details of Carrington Flare