What happened on October 2? There are more than 263 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About October 2

October 2 In HistoryOctober 2 is the 276th day of the year 2020. There are 90 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 40th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Bedford, Michigan 49020 sunrise occured at 07:39 AM and sunset occured at 07:18 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Libra. The modern birthstone for this month is Opal while the mystical birthstone is Jasper.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 133 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For October 2

  • 1187
    Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.
  • 1263
    The battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1535
    Jacques Cartier discovers Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1552
    Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.
  • 1780
    John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, is hanged as a spy by American forces.
  • 1789
    George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
  • 1814
    Battle of Rancagua: Spanish Royalists troops under Mariano Osorio defeated rebel Chilean forces of Bernardo O'Higgins and Jose Miguel Carrera.
  • 1835
    The Texas Revolution begins with the Battle of Gonzales: Mexican soldiers attempt to disarm the people of Gonzales, Texas, but encounter stiff resistance from a hastily assembled militia.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Saltville – Union forces attack Saltville, Virginia, but are defeated by Confederate troops.
  • 1889
    In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
  • 1919
    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.
  • 1924
    The Geneva Protocol is adopted as a means to strengthen the League of Nations.
  • 1925
    John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system.
  • 1928
    The “Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God”, commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá.
  • 1937
    Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo orders the execution of the Haitian population living within the borderlands; approximately 20,000 are killed over the next five days.
  • 1941
    World War II: In Operation Typhoon, Germany begins an all-out offensive against Moscow.
  • 1944
    World War II: German troops end the Warsaw Uprising.
  • 1950
    Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published
  • 1958
    Guinea declares its independence from France.
  • 1959
    The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
  • 1967
    Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court.
  • 1968
    A peaceful student demonstration in Mexico City culminates in the Tlatelolco massacre.
  • 1970
    A plane carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado killing 31 people.
  • 1990
    Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 is hijacked; after landing at Guangzhou, it crashes into two airliners on the ground, killing 132 people.
  • 1992
    The Carandiru Massacre takes place after a riot in the Carandiru Penitentiary in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • 1996
    Aeroperú Flight 603, a Boeing 757, crashes into the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from Lima, Peru, killing 70.
  • 1996
    The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  • 2001
    NATO backs U.S. military strikes following 9/11.
  • 2001
    Swissair liquidates and the airline is replaced by SWISS.
  • 2002
    The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
  • 2005
    Ethan Allen Boating Accident: The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people.
  • 2006
    Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide.
  • 2007
    President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea walks across the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea on his way to the second Inter-Korean Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Who Were Born On October 2?

  • 1452
    King Richard III of England (d. 1485)
  • 1470
    Isabella of Naples, Duchess of Milan (d. 1524)
  • 1538
    Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal (d. 1584)
  • 1644
    François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (d. 1724)
  • 1722
    Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier (d. 1776)
  • 1737
    Francis Hopkinson, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence (d. 1791)
  • 1768
    William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (d. 1854)
  • 1798
    King Charles Albert of Sardinia (d. 1849)
  • 1800
    Nat Turner, American slave and slave rebellion figure (d. 1831)
  • 1828
    Charles Floquet, French statesman (d. 1896)
  • 1832
    Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist (d. 1917)
  • 1833
    William Corby, American Catholic priest (d. 1897)
  • 1847
    Paul von Hindenburg, German officer and politician (d. 1934)
  • 1851
    Ferdinand Foch, French soldier (d. 1929)
  • 1852
    Sir William Ramsay, Scottish chemist (d. 1916)
  • 1869
    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Indian independence movement figure (d. 1948)
  • 1871
    Cordell Hull, American statesman, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1955)
  • 1871
    Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscape architect (d. 1959)
  • 1873
    Plum Warner, English cricketer (d. 1963)
  • 1873
    Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (d. 1924)
  • 1879
    Wallace Stevens, American poet (d. 1955)
  • 1882
    Boris Shaposhnikov, Russian military commander (d. 1945)
  • 1883
    Karl Terzaghi, Austrian-American engineer (d. 1963)
  • 1890
    Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1977)
  • 1893
    Leroy Shield, American film score and radio composer (Our Gang, Laurel and Hardy) (d. 1962)
  • 1895
    Bud Abbott, American comedian and actor (d. 1974)
  • 1895
    Ruth Cheney Streeter, American military officer, first director of the United States Marine Corps Women’s Reserve (d. 1990)
  • 1901
    Alice Prin, French singer and artist (d. 1953)
  • 1902
    John G. Crommelin, American naval officer and white supremacist figure (d. 1996)
  • 1902
    Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1904
    Graham Greene, British novelist (d. 1991)
  • 1904
    Lal Bahadur Shastri, Prime Minister of India (d. 1966)
  • 1907
    Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd, Scottish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
  • 1907
    Víctor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician (d. 2001)
  • 1911
    Jack Finney, American author (d. 1995)
  • 1913
    Karl Miller, German footballer (d. 1967)
  • 1914
    Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, and choir master (d. 1998)
  • 1914
    John Whiteside Parsons, American rocket scientist, author, and occultist (d. 1952)
  • 1915
    Chubby Wise, American bluegrass fiddler (d. 1996)
  • 1917
    Charles Drake, American actor (d. 1994)
  • 1917
    Christian de Duve, English-born biologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1919
    John W. Duarte, British composer, guitarist and writer (d. 2004)
  • 1921
    Albert Scott Crossfield, American test pilot (d. 2006)
  • 1921
    Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 2000)
  • 1926
    Jan Morris, English writer
  • 1928
    George “Spanky” McFarland, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1928
    Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologian
  • 1929
    Cesare Maestri, Italian mountain climber
  • 1929
    Howard Roberts, American Jazz musician (d. 1992)
  • 1929
    Moses Gunn, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1929
    Peter Bronfman, Canadian businessman (d. 1996)
  • 1930
    Dave Barrett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1932
    Maury Wills, American baseball player
  • 1933
    Dave Somerville, co-founder and original lead singer of vocal group The Diamonds
  • 1933
    Michel Plasson, French conductor
  • 1933
    Phill Niblock, American composer, filmmaker and videographer
  • 1934
    Earl Wilson, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1935
    Omar Sivori, Argentine football player (d. 2005)
  • 1935
    Peter Frankl, classical pianist
  • 1936
    Dick Barnett, American basketball player
  • 1937
    Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., American attorney (d. 2005)
  • 1938
    Rex Reed, American movie critic and actor
  • 1938
    Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (d. 1983)
  • 1940
    Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player
  • 1940
    Pantelis Voulgaris, Greek film director and screenwriter
  • 1941
    Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian
  • 1943
    Franklin Rosemont, American artist
  • 1945
    Don McLean, American songwriter
  • 1946
    Eric Peterson, Canadian actor
  • 1946
    Jo-El Sonnier, American singer-songwriter and accordionist
  • 1946
    Marie-Georges Pascal, French actress (d. 1985)
  • 1946
    Sonthi Boonyaratglin, Thai military officer
  • 1948
    Avery Brooks, American actor
  • 1948
    Chris LeDoux, American musician and rodeo performer (d. 2005)
  • 1948
    Donna Karan, American fashion designer
  • 1948
    Siim Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • 1948
    Trevor Brooking, English footballer
  • 1949
    Annie Leibovitz, American photographer
  • 1949
    Richard Hell, American musician
  • 1950
    Ian McNeice, English actor
  • 1950
    Mike Rutherford, English musician (Genesis)
  • 1950
    Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (d. 1998)
  • 1951
    Romina Power, Italian singer
  • 1951
    Sting, English musician and actor
  • 1952
    Jan Svejnar, Czech politician
  • 1952
    Robin Riker, American actress
  • 1952
    Wahed Wafa, Afghan singer
  • 1953
    Vanessa Bell Armstrong, American gospel singer
  • 1954
    Lorraine Bracco, American actress
  • 1955
    Phil Oakey, English singer (The Human League)
  • 1956
    Charlie Adler, American voice actor
  • 1956
    Freddie Jackson, US soul singer
  • 1957
    Dave Faulkner (musician), Australian rock musician
  • 1957
    Kate St John, English musician, vocalist, composer, record producer, and arranger
  • 1957
    Wade Dooley, English rugby union player
  • 1958
    Wayne Toups, Cajun singer-songwriter
  • 1960
    Al Connelly, Canadian Musician/Songwriter
  • 1960
    Dereck Whittenburg, American college basketball player and coach
  • 1960
    Django Bates, jazz musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader
  • 1960
    Glenn Anderson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1960
    Lothar Schlapp, German footballer
  • 1960
    Robbie Nevil, American singer and songwriter
  • 1962
    Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director
  • 1962
    Claude V. McKnight III, American Jazz, R&B, and Gospel Music Singer
  • 1962
    James Hunter, English singer
  • 1962
    Jeff Bennett, American voice actor
  • 1962
    Mark Rypien, American football player
  • 1962
    Sigtryggur Baldursson, Icelandic drummer (The Sugarcubes)
  • 1964
    Dirk Brinkmann, German field hockey player
  • 1964
    Sam Bockarie, Sierra Leone Civil War figure (d. 2003)
  • 1966
    Rodney Anoa'i, Samoan-American professional wrestler (d. 2000)
  • 1967
    Bud Gaugh, American musician (Sublime)
  • 1967
    Frankie Fredericks, Namibian athlete
  • 1967
    Gillian Welch, American singer and songwriter
  • 1967
    Lew Temple, American actor
  • 1967
    Thomas Muster, Austrian tennis player
  • 1968
    Glen Wesley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player
  • 1968
    Jeff Martin, Canadian singer/songwriter (The Tea Party)
  • 1968
    Kelly Willis, American country music singer-songwriter
  • 1968
    Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
  • 1969
    Damon Gough, English singer
  • 1969
    Jun Akiyama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1969
    Mitch English, American actor
  • 1970
    Eddie Guardado, American baseball relief pitcher
  • 1970
    Kelly Ripa, American actress
  • 1970
    Maribel Verdú, Spanish actress
  • 1970
    Patricia O'Callaghan, Canadian singer
  • 1971
    James Root, American guitarist (Slipknot)
  • 1971
    Tiffany, American singer
  • 1972
    Aaron McKie, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997
  • 1973
    Efren Ramirez, American actor
  • 1973
    Lene Nystrøm Rasted, Norwegian singer (Aqua)
  • 1973
    Maria Wetterstrand, Swedish politician
  • 1973
    Melissa Harris-Perry, American professor & author
  • 1973
    Proof, American rapper (D12) (d. 2006)
  • 1973
    Scott Schoeneweis, American baseball player
  • 1973
    Verka Serduchka, Ukrainian entertainer
  • 1974
    Brian Knight, Umpire in Major League Baseball
  • 1974
    Kevin Van De Wege, American Politician
  • 1974
    Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
  • 1974
    Michelle Krusiec, American actress
  • 1974
    Paul Teutul Jr., American custom motorcycle builder
  • 1974
    Sam Roberts, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1974
    Simon Gregson, British actor
  • 1975
    Argyro Strataki, Greek heptathlete
  • 1975
    Hrysopiyi Devetzi, Greek triple jump athlete
  • 1976
    Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (d. 2005)
  • 1976
    John Thornton, American football player
  • 1976
    Mandisa, American singer
  • 1978
    Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer
  • 1979
    Arta Dobroshi, Kosovar actress
  • 1979
    Francisco Fonseca, Mexican footballer
  • 1979
    Maja Ivarsson, Swedish singer (The Sounds)
  • 1979
    Primož Brezec, Slovenian basketball player
  • 1980
    Shane Andrus, American football player
  • 1981
    Luke Wilkshire, Australian footballer
  • 1982
    Amber Lee Ettinger, American actress
  • 1982
    George Pettit, Canadian singer (Alexisonfire)
  • 1982
    Tyson Chandler, American basketball player
  • 1984
    Marion Bartoli, French tennis player
  • 1985
    Brandon Jackson, American football player
  • 1985
    Buster Davis, American football player
  • 1986
    Camilla Belle, American actress
  • 1987
    Joel Reinders, American football offensive tackle player
  • 1987
    Phil Kessel, American ice hockey player
  • 1990
    Dean Bouzanis, Australian footballer
  • 1990
    Samantha Barks, Manx singer and actress

Who Died On October 2?

  • 939
    Gilbert, Duke of Lorraine
  • 1559
    Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1626
    Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, conde de Gondomar, Spanish diplomat (b. 1567)
  • 1629
    Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1629
    Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1575)
  • 1708
    Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
  • 1709
    Ivan Mazepa, Hetman of Ukraine (b. 1639)
  • 1724
    François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (b. 1644)
  • 1746
    Josiah Burchett, English Secretary of the Admiralty
  • 1764
    William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1720)
  • 1775
    Chiyo-ni, Japanese poet (b. 1703)
  • 1780
    John André, British Army officer (executed) (b. 1750)
  • 1782
    Charles Lee, British and U.S. general (b. 1732)
  • 1786
    Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1725)
  • 1803
    Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader (b. 1722)
  • 1804
    Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French steam vehicle pioneer (b. 1725)
  • 1817
    Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • 1850
    Sarah Biffen, English painter (b. 1784)
  • 1853
    François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (b. 1786)
  • 1920
    Max Bruch, German composer and conductor (b. 1838)
  • 1927
    Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)
  • 1938
    Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • 1947
    Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1962
    Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (b. 1859)
  • 1968
    Marcel Duchamp, French artist (b. 1887)
  • 1971
    Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 1973
    Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner (b. 1897)
  • 1973
    Paul Hartman, American actor (b. 1904)
  • 1974
    Vasily Shukshin, Russian writer, actor, screenwriter, and director (b. 1929)
  • 1975
    Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • 1981
    Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1981
    Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (b. 1920)
  • 1985
    Rock Hudson, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 1987
    Madeleine Carroll, British-born actress (b. 1906)
  • 1987
    Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1915)
  • 1988
    Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini (b. 1906)
  • 1991
    Demetrios Ι, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 1914)
  • 1994
    Harriet Hilliard Nelson, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 1996
    Andrey Lukanov, Former Bulgarian Prime Minister (1990), shot (b. 1938)
  • 1996
    Robert Bourassa, politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1933)
  • 1998
    Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
  • 1998
    Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 1999
    Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • 2001
    Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)
  • 2002
    Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 2003
    John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    August Wilson, American playwright (b. 1945)
  • 2005
    Bert Eriksson, Belgian neo-Nazi (b. 1931)
  • 2005
    Nipsey Russell, American comedian (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Charles Carl Roberts, American spree killer (b. 1973)
  • 2006
    Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Tamara Dobson, American actress (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Christopher Derrick, British writer (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)
  • 2007
    Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (b. 1954)
  • 2007
    Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)
  • 2008
    Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)
  • 2008
    Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)
  • 2010
    Kwa Geok Choo, Mrs Lee Kuan Yew (b. 1920)

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