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, 1,475,366,400 seconds 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

  • 1263
    The battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Saltville – Union forces attack Saltville, Virginia, but are defeated by Confederate troops.
  • 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.
  • 1967
    Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    Swissair liquidates and the airline is replaced by SWISS.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 2?

  • 1644
    François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (d. 1724)
  • 1833
    William Corby, American Catholic priest (d. 1897)
  • 1929
    Moses Gunn, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1946
    Jo-El Sonnier, American singer-songwriter and accordionist
  • 1956
    Freddie Jackson, US soul singer
  • 1960
    Dereck Whittenburg, American college basketball player and coach
  • 1960
    Glenn Anderson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1971
    James Root, American guitarist (Slipknot)
  • 1974
    Sam Roberts, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1990
    Dean Bouzanis, Australian footballer

Who died on October 2?

  • 1626
    Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, conde de Gondomar, Spanish diplomat (b. 1567)
  • 1629
    Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1746
    Josiah Burchett, English Secretary of the Admiralty
  • 1764
    William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1720)
  • 1804
    Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French steam vehicle pioneer (b. 1725)
  • 1974
    Vasily Shukshin, Russian writer, actor, screenwriter, and director (b. 1929)
  • 1981
    Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    Robert Bourassa, politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1933)
  • 2005
    Bert Eriksson, Belgian neo-Nazi (b. 1931)
  • 2006
    Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)

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