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, 24,589,440 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 ‘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.
  • 1789
    George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
  • 1889
    In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
  • 1944
    World War II: German troops end the Warsaw Uprising.
  • 1968
    A peaceful student demonstration in Mexico City culminates in the Tlatelolco massacre.
  • 1990
    Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 is hijacked; after landing at Guangzhou, it crashes into two airliners on the ground, killing 132 people.
  • 2001
    Swissair liquidates and the airline is replaced by SWISS.
  • 2002
    The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
  • 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?

  • 1930
    Dave Barrett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1934
    Earl Wilson, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1943
    Franklin Rosemont, American artist
  • 1945
    Don McLean, American songwriter
  • 1960
    Al Connelly, Canadian Musician/Songwriter
  • 1962
    Claude V. McKnight III, American Jazz, R&B, and Gospel Music Singer
  • 1967
    Thomas Muster, Austrian tennis player
  • 1971
    Tiffany, American singer
  • 1974
    Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
  • 1979
    Primož Brezec, Slovenian basketball player

Who died on October 2?

  • 1629
    Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1629
    Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1575)
  • 1764
    William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1720)
  • 1968
    Marcel Duchamp, French artist (b. 1887)
  • 1981
    Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1981
    Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (b. 1920)
  • 1998
    Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
  • 1998
    Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 2005
    Nipsey Russell, American comedian (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)

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