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

  • 1263
    The battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1552
    Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.
  • 1780
    John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, is hanged as a spy by American forces.
  • 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.
  • 1924
    The Geneva Protocol is adopted as a means to strengthen the League of Nations.
  • 1928
    The “Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God”, commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá.
  • 1967
    Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court.
  • 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
    NATO backs U.S. military strikes following 9/11.

Who were born on October 2?

  • 1871
    Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscape architect (d. 1959)
  • 1911
    Jack Finney, American author (d. 1995)
  • 1914
    Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, and choir master (d. 1998)
  • 1956
    Freddie Jackson, US soul singer
  • 1964
    Sam Bockarie, Sierra Leone Civil War figure (d. 2003)
  • 1967
    Gillian Welch, American singer and songwriter
  • 1972
    Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997
  • 1975
    Argyro Strataki, Greek heptathlete
  • 1982
    George Pettit, Canadian singer (Alexisonfire)
  • 1985
    Buster Davis, American football player

Who died on October 2?

  • 939
    Gilbert, Duke of Lorraine
  • 1708
    Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
  • 1775
    Chiyo-ni, Japanese poet (b. 1703)
  • 1920
    Max Bruch, German composer and conductor (b. 1838)
  • 1947
    Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • 1981
    Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1987
    Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1915)
  • 1998
    Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 2007
    Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark (b. 1913)
  • 2007
    Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (b. 1954)

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