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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 2?

  • 1470
    Isabella of Naples, Duchess of Milan (d. 1524)
  • 1926
    Jan Morris, English writer
  • 1928
    George “Spanky” McFarland, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1948
    Chris LeDoux, American musician and rodeo performer (d. 2005)
  • 1953
    Vanessa Bell Armstrong, American gospel singer
  • 1954
    Lorraine Bracco, American actress
  • 1962
    Mark Rypien, American football player
  • 1969
    Mitch English, American actor
  • 1979
    Maja Ivarsson, Swedish singer (The Sounds)
  • 1990
    Dean Bouzanis, Australian footballer

Who died on October 2?

  • 1559
    Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1709
    Ivan Mazepa, Hetman of Ukraine (b. 1639)
  • 1780
    John André, British Army officer (executed) (b. 1750)
  • 1786
    Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1725)
  • 1804
    Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French steam vehicle pioneer (b. 1725)
  • 1981
    Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (b. 1920)
  • 1988
    Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini (b. 1906)
  • 2007
    Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (b. 1954)
  • 2007
    Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)
  • 2010
    Kwa Geok Choo, Mrs Lee Kuan Yew (b. 1920)

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