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 275th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 90 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is September 19, 2017 – a Monday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 25,115,040 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 ‘dihectaheptacontapentagon’ 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 140 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 1,746 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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October 2 Historical Events

  • 1535
    Jacques Cartier discovers Montreal, Quebec.
  • 1552
    Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.
  • 1789
    George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Saltville – Union forces attack Saltville, Virginia, but are defeated by Confederate troops.
  • 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.
  • 1944
    World War II: German troops end the Warsaw Uprising.
  • 2001
    Swissair liquidates and the airline is replaced by SWISS.
  • 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?

  • 1902
    John G. Crommelin, American naval officer and white supremacist figure (d. 1996)
  • 1936
    Dick Barnett, American basketball player
  • 1948
    Siim Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • 1948
    Trevor Brooking, English footballer
  • 1955
    Phil Oakey, English singer (The Human League)
  • 1962
    Mark Rypien, American football player
  • 1969
    Mitch English, American actor
  • 1974
    Sam Roberts, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1982
    George Pettit, Canadian singer (Alexisonfire)
  • 1985
    Brandon Jackson, American football player

Who died on October 2?

  • 1629
    Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1575)
  • 1708
    Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
  • 1782
    Charles Lee, British and U.S. general (b. 1732)
  • 1947
    Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1973
    Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner (b. 1897)
  • 1974
    Vasily Shukshin, Russian writer, actor, screenwriter, and director (b. 1929)
  • 1996
    Andrey Lukanov, Former Bulgarian Prime Minister (1990), shot (b. 1938)
  • 1998
    Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
  • 1999
    Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • 2002
    Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)

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