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, 1,506,902,400 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 ‘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

  • 1814
    Battle of Rancagua: Spanish Royalists troops under Mariano Osorio defeated rebel Chilean forces of Bernardo O'Higgins and Jose Miguel Carrera.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1950
    Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published
  • 1958
    Guinea declares its independence from France.
  • 1968
    A peaceful student demonstration in Mexico City culminates in the Tlatelolco massacre.
  • 2001
    Swissair liquidates and the airline is replaced by SWISS.
  • 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?

  • 1538
    Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal (d. 1584)
  • 1644
    François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (d. 1724)
  • 1722
    Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier (d. 1776)
  • 1873
    Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (d. 1924)
  • 1902
    Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (d. 1965)
  • 1930
    Dave Barrett, Premier of British Columbia
  • 1943
    Franklin Rosemont, American artist
  • 1952
    Wahed Wafa, Afghan singer
  • 1960
    Lothar Schlapp, German footballer
  • 1964
    Dirk Brinkmann, German field hockey player

Who died on October 2?

  • 1629
    Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1724
    François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (b. 1644)
  • 1817
    Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • 1968
    Marcel Duchamp, French artist (b. 1887)
  • 1981
    Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1991
    Demetrios Ι, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 1914)
  • 1996
    Andrey Lukanov, Former Bulgarian Prime Minister (1990), shot (b. 1938)
  • 1998
    Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
  • 1998
    Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 2001
    Franz Biebl, German composer (b. 1906)

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