What are the important events that happened on October 2? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

October 2: Facts & Myths About This Day

October 2 is the 276th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 90 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 19, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 24,589,440 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaheptacontahexagon’ day.

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Libra is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 118 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,381 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 2 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    World War II: In Operation Typhoon, Germany begins an all-out offensive against Moscow.
  • 1958
    Guinea declares its independence from France.
  • 1967
    Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court.
  • 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?

  • 1852
    Sir William Ramsay, Scottish chemist (d. 1916)
  • 1914
    Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, and choir master (d. 1998)
  • 1930
    Dave Barrett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1950
    Ian McNeice, English actor
  • 1952
    Jan Svejnar, Czech politician
  • 1964
    Sam Bockarie, Sierra Leone Civil War figure (d. 2003)
  • 1967
    Bud Gaugh, American musician (Sublime)
  • 1979
    Maja Ivarsson, Swedish singer (The Sounds)
  • 1985
    Buster Davis, American football player
  • 1986
    Camilla Belle, American actress

Who died on October 2?

  • 1559
    Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1746
    Josiah Burchett, English Secretary of the Admiralty
  • 1947
    Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1975
    Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • 1981
    Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    Andrey Lukanov, Former Bulgarian Prime Minister (1990), shot (b. 1938)
  • 2006
    Charles Carl Roberts, American spree killer (b. 1973)
  • 2006
    Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • 2006
    Tamara Dobson, American actress (b. 1947)
  • 2007
    Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)

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