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

  • 1187
    Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.
  • 1263
    The battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1535
    Jacques Cartier discovers Montreal, Quebec.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who were born on October 2?

  • 1883
    Karl Terzaghi, Austrian-American engineer (d. 1963)
  • 1914
    Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, and choir master (d. 1998)
  • 1952
    Wahed Wafa, Afghan singer
  • 1960
    Robbie Nevil, American singer and songwriter
  • 1967
    Gillian Welch, American singer and songwriter
  • 1968
    Jeff Martin, Canadian singer/songwriter (The Tea Party)
  • 1969
    Jun Akiyama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1970
    Eddie Guardado, American baseball relief pitcher
  • 1973
    Melissa Harris-Perry, American professor & author
  • 1978
    Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer

Who died on October 2?

  • 1708
    Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
  • 1724
    François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (b. 1644)
  • 1850
    Sarah Biffen, English painter (b. 1784)
  • 1853
    François Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (b. 1786)
  • 1981
    Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • 1994
    Harriet Hilliard Nelson, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2005
    Nipsey Russell, American comedian (b. 1918)
  • 2007
    Christopher Derrick, British writer (b. 1921)
  • 2007
    Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)
  • 2007
    Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)

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