2 OCTOBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Richard III, 1452
  • Nat Turner, 1800
  • Paul von Hindenburg, 1847
  • Marshal Ferdinand Foch, 1851
  • Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi, 1869
  • Wallace Stevens, 1879
  • Groucho Marx, 1895
  • Bud Abbott, 1895
  • Graham Greene, 1904
  • Jan Morris, 1926
  • Clay Felker, 1928
  • Spanky MacFarland, 1928
  • Moses Gunn, 1929
  • Johnnie Cochran Jr., 1937
  • Rex Reed, 1938
  • Don MacLean, 1945
  • Donna Karan, 1948
  • Richard Hell, 1949
  • Persis Khambata, 1950
  • Sting (Gordon Sumner), 1951
  • Lorraine Bracco, 1955
  • Tiffany, 1971

Died On This Day:

  • Samuel Adams, 1803
  • Sir Thomas Lipton, 1931
  • Hattie McDaniel, 1952
  • Marie Stopes, 1958
  • Marcel Duchamp, 1968
  • Harry Golden, 1981
  • William Bernbach, 1982
  • Rock Hudson AIDS, 1986
  • Madeleine Carroll, 1987
  • Harriet Nelson, 1994
  • Gene Autry, 1998
  • Nipsey Russell, 2005
  • August Wilson, 2005
  • Tom Petty, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1187 - Saladin, most famous Muslim military hero, captures Jerusalem.
  • 1608 - First refracting telescope completed by Johannes Lippershey; commissioned by Dutch government.
  • 1836 - HMS Beagle arrives at Falmouth England after a voyage of 4 years 9 months; Darwin goes home.
  • 1866 - Tin can with key opener patented by inventor J. Osterhoudt of New York.
  • 1870 - Rome made capital of a united Italy; Pope Pius IX imprisons himself in Vatican.
  • 1904 - Germans begin genocide of Herero tribesmen in Namibia; population of 120,000 now only 15,000.
  • 1909 - First Rugby football match played at Twickenham, England.
  • 1925 - John Logie Baird makes first television transmission in history in attic of home in London.
  • 1937 - Moses Baca and Samuel Caldwell become first marihuana user and dealer to be convicted under Federal Law; Caldwell gets four years hard labor.
  • 1946 - First television soap opera, 'Faraway Hill' broadcast live from Wanamakers Store in NY for WNEW.
  • 1946 - Scientists first propose theory that cigarette smoking causes cancer at University of Buffalo.
  • 1950 - A comic strip called 'Peanuts' with Charlie Brown first appears illustrated by Charles Schulz.
  • 1958 - Eugene O'Neill's 'A Touch of the Poet' opens on Broadway at Helen Hayes Theatre.
  • 1959 - Rod Serling's seminal TV series 'The Twilight Zone' premieres on television.
  • 1962 - Johnny Carson takes over as host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show' with sidekick Ed McMahon.
  • 1967 - Thurgood Marshall becomes first Black Supreme Court Associate Justice.
  • 1984 - Richard Miller becomes first FBI agent to be arrested as a spy.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Leger

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Guinea (1958)
  • Day of Durga wife of Siva (Hindu)
  • Public Holiday India celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's birthday

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • CHUSOK (Korea) on day of full moon of eighth lunar month.
  • DURGA-PUJA (Hindu festival of Goddess Durga)
  • PITRA PASKSHA and AMAVASYA, Hindu Feast of the Dead.
  • LAKSHMI PUJA, Hindu Festival of the Goddess of Fortune
  • CHUNG CHI'U CHIEH (Chinese mid-autumn festival) 15th day of 8th lunar month.
  • DIVALI (India) five day autumn festival.
  • BHRATRI DWITYA, Hindu Festival of Brothers
  • RAMADAN, Muslim holy month
  • CHILD HEALTH DAY - first Monday in October in USA
  • COLUMBUS DAY - first Monday in October
  • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS - last Sunday in October set clocks back
  • MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY - celebrated fourth Sunday in October in US
  • NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY - second Sunday in October in USA
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IN CANADA - second Monday in October

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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