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.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Saltville – Union forces attack Saltville, Virginia, but are defeated by Confederate troops.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1992
    The Carandiru Massacre takes place after a riot in the Carandiru Penitentiary in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2001
    NATO backs U.S. military strikes following 9/11.
  • 2005
    Ethan Allen Boating Accident: The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people.
  • 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?

  • 1833
    William Corby, American Catholic priest (d. 1897)
  • 1932
    Maury Wills, American baseball player
  • 1938
    Rex Reed, American movie critic and actor
  • 1948
    Donna Karan, American fashion designer
  • 1960
    Django Bates, jazz musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader
  • 1962
    Jeff Bennett, American voice actor
  • 1964
    Sam Bockarie, Sierra Leone Civil War figure (d. 2003)
  • 1966
    Rodney Anoa'i, Samoan-American professional wrestler (d. 2000)
  • 1967
    Frankie Fredericks, Namibian athlete
  • 1972
    Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997

Who died on October 2?

  • 1780
    John André, British Army officer (executed) (b. 1750)
  • 1786
    Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1725)
  • 1817
    Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • 1947
    Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1981
    Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1981
    Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Nipsey Russell, American comedian (b. 1918)
  • 2006
    Charles Carl Roberts, American spree killer (b. 1973)
  • 2006
    Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)

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