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, 418,584 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 ‘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

  • 1263
    The battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1552
    Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.
  • 1889
    In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
  • 1928
    The “Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God”, commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá.
  • 1958
    Guinea declares its independence from France.
  • 1970
    A plane carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado killing 31 people.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Ethan Allen Boating Accident: The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people.
  • 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?

  • 1873
    Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (d. 1924)
  • 1929
    Cesare Maestri, Italian mountain climber
  • 1941
    Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian
  • 1946
    Marie-Georges Pascal, French actress (d. 1985)
  • 1950
    Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (d. 1998)
  • 1962
    Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director
  • 1968
    Glen Wesley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1969
    Mitch English, American actor
  • 1974
    Kevin Van De Wege, American Politician
  • 1974
    Paul Teutul Jr., American custom motorcycle builder

Who died on October 2?

  • 1629
    Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
  • 1708
    Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
  • 1803
    Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader (b. 1722)
  • 1850
    Sarah Biffen, English painter (b. 1784)
  • 1938
    Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • 1974
    Vasily Shukshin, Russian writer, actor, screenwriter, and director (b. 1929)
  • 1987
    Madeleine Carroll, British-born actress (b. 1906)
  • 1988
    Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini (b. 1906)
  • 2003
    John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Christopher Derrick, British writer (b. 1921)

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