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, 409,824 hours 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.
  • 1814
    Battle of Rancagua: Spanish Royalists troops under Mariano Osorio defeated rebel Chilean forces of Bernardo O'Higgins and Jose Miguel Carrera.
  • 1919
    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
  • 1970
    A plane carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado killing 31 people.
  • 1996
    The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  • 2002
    The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
  • 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?

  • 1538
    Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal (d. 1584)
  • 1913
    Karl Miller, German footballer (d. 1967)
  • 1928
    Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologian
  • 1940
    Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player
  • 1946
    Eric Peterson, Canadian actor
  • 1948
    Siim Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • 1951
    Romina Power, Italian singer
  • 1954
    Lorraine Bracco, American actress
  • 1964
    Dirk Brinkmann, German field hockey player
  • 1982
    Tyson Chandler, American basketball player

Who died on October 2?

  • 1626
    Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, conde de Gondomar, Spanish diplomat (b. 1567)
  • 1708
    Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
  • 1775
    Chiyo-ni, Japanese poet (b. 1703)
  • 1786
    Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1725)
  • 1803
    Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader (b. 1722)
  • 1971
    Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 1994
    Harriet Hilliard Nelson, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 1996
    Andrey Lukanov, Former Bulgarian Prime Minister (1990), shot (b. 1938)
  • 2002
    Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 2007
    Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark (b. 1913)

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