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

  • 1552
    Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.
  • 1814
    Battle of Rancagua: Spanish Royalists troops under Mariano Osorio defeated rebel Chilean forces of Bernardo O'Higgins and Jose Miguel Carrera.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Saltville – Union forces attack Saltville, Virginia, but are defeated by Confederate troops.
  • 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.
  • 1950
    Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published
  • 1958
    Guinea declares its independence from France.
  • 1996
    Aeroperú Flight 603, a Boeing 757, crashes into the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from Lima, Peru, killing 70.
  • 1996
    The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
  • 2002
    The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.

Who were born on October 2?

  • 1832
    Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist (d. 1917)
  • 1893
    Leroy Shield, American film score and radio composer (Our Gang, Laurel and Hardy) (d. 1962)
  • 1907
    Víctor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician (d. 2001)
  • 1929
    Moses Gunn, American actor (d. 1993)
  • 1957
    Wade Dooley, English rugby union player
  • 1968
    Jeff Martin, Canadian singer/songwriter (The Tea Party)
  • 1973
    Verka Serduchka, Ukrainian entertainer
  • 1974
    Paul Teutul Jr., American custom motorcycle builder
  • 1976
    Mandisa, American singer
  • 1984
    Marion Bartoli, French tennis player

Who died on October 2?

  • 1559
    Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (b. 1483)
  • 1803
    Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader (b. 1722)
  • 1817
    Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • 1853
    François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (b. 1786)
  • 1938
    Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • 1981
    Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (b. 1920)
  • 1996
    Andrey Lukanov, Former Bulgarian Prime Minister (1990), shot (b. 1938)
  • 2003
    John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark (b. 1913)
  • 2008
    Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)

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