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

  • 1263
    The battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1789
    George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
  • 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.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Saltville – Union forces attack Saltville, Virginia, but are defeated by Confederate troops.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • 1644
    François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (d. 1724)
  • 1768
    William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (d. 1854)
  • 1907
    Víctor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician (d. 2001)
  • 1936
    Dick Barnett, American basketball player
  • 1949
    Annie Leibovitz, American photographer
  • 1956
    Charlie Adler, American voice actor
  • 1972
    Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997
  • 1973
    Proof, American rapper (D12) (d. 2006)
  • 1974
    Kevin Van De Wege, American Politician
  • 1979
    Arta Dobroshi, Kosovar actress

Who died on October 2?

  • 1629
    Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1629
    Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1575)
  • 1708
    Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
  • 1724
    François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (b. 1644)
  • 1817
    Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • 1927
    Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)
  • 1971
    Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    August Wilson, American playwright (b. 1945)
  • 2006
    Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)

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