2nd October, on this day

1187 Sultan Saladin captures Jerusalem from the Crusaders
1263 The battle of Largs fought between Norwegians and Scots.
1535 Jacques Cartier discovers Montreal, Quebec.
1552 Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible
1608 Hans Lippershey offers Dutch goernment a new invention, the telescope
1608 Prototype of modern reflecting telescope completed by Hans Lippershey
1780 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, is hanged as a spy by American forces.
1789 George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
1792 Baptist Missionary Society forms in London
1833 NY Anti-Slavery Society formed
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.
1836 At the end of a five year voyage, explorer Charles Darwin returns to Britain having completed a survey of the coast of South America
1851 The pasilalinic-sympathetic compass is demonstrated but proves to be a fake.
1853 Austrian law forbids Jews from owning land
1864 Battle of Saltville - Union forces attack Saltville, Virginia, but are defeated by Confederate troops.
1870 The unified country of Italy selects Rome to be its capital
1889 In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West
1900 In Britain, Keir Hardie becomes the Labour Party's first Member of Parliament
1901 The Royal Navy launches its first submarine at Barrow
1909 Twickenham, in London, hosts its first rugby union match - between Harlequins and Richmond
1910 1st 2 aircraft collision (Milan, Italy)
1919 President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke, leaving him partially paralysed
1924 The Geneva Protocol is adopted as a means to strengthen the League of Nations.
1925 John Logie Baird performers first test of the working television system.
1925 The first of London's now traditional red buses - with roofed-in upper decks goes into service after the lifting of restrictions that had prevented such buses being used in the capital city
1935 Italy invades Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
1936 1st alcohol power plant established, Atchison, Kansas
1937 FDR visits Grand Coulee Dam construction site in Washington State
1938 Tiberias massacre: Arabs murder 20 Jews.
1940 The cruise liner, the 'Empress of Britain', en route to Canada with British children being evacuated during World War II, is sunk by a German submarine in the Atlantic. British warships manage to rescue most of the 634 crew and passengers
1941 Six Parisian synagogues are bombed
1941 In Operation Typhoon, Germany begins an all-out offensive against Moscow.
1942 In a freak accident, British liner 'Queen Mary' rams and sinks an escort cruiser off the coast of Ireland - at least 300 crew are killed
1942 1st self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction demonstrated, Chicago
1944 Nazi troops end the Warsaw Uprising.
1946 1st network soap opera-Faraway Hill-Dumont
1950 The comic strip "Peanuts" 1st appears, in 9 newspapers
1953 A photograph of William Pettit, wanted for murder, is shown on BBC TV at the request of the police - the first time in Britain that television is used to help find a wanted man
1954 Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal
1955 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premiers
1956 1st atomic power clock exhibited-NYC
1958 Guinea gains independence from France
1959 Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS
1967 Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents
1968 A peaceful student demonstration in Mexico City ends in the Tlatelolco massacre
1970 Plane carrying Wichita State U football team crashes killing 30
1972 Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105
1983 Welsh politician Neil Kinnock is elected leader of the Labour Party in Britain
1984 3 cosmonauts return after a record 237 days in orbit
1984 Richard Miller, becomes 1st (former) FBI agent, charged with espionage
1986 Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
1988 Police breakup domestic disturbance between Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
1990 Radio Berlin International's final transmission (links to Deutsche Welles of West Germany); final song is "The End" by the Doors
1990 A Chinese airline Boeing 737-247 is hijacked; after landing at Guangzhou, it crashes into two airliners on the ground, killing 132 people.
1992 The Carandiru Massacre takes place after a riot in the Carandiru Penitentiary in São Paulo, Brazil.
1996 The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
1996 An AeroPerú Boeing 757 crashes in Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from Lima, Peru, killing 70.
1996 In Britain, Mandy Allwood loses the last five of the octuplets she had been expecting after a 19 week pregnancy
2001 The NATO backs US military strikes, following 9/11.
2002 The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
2005 Ethan Allen Boating Accident: The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people.
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.
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.

2nd October 2005

Bali bombs 'were suicide attacks'

Crisis talks on Turkey's EU bid

Thousands stuck in Corsican ports

2nd October 2006

Fatal shooting at US Amish school

Delhi raises dengue fever alert

Hamas closes government offices

2nd October 2007

Kabul hit by another suicide bomb

Blackwater boss grilled over Iraq

China to relocate Tibetan nomads

2nd October 2008

Baghdad shaken by suicide attacks

Tanzania disco stampede kills 19

US markets wary over rescue deal

2nd October 2009

Rio to stage 2016 Olympic Games

Italy mudslide death toll rises

Irish hold crunch EU treaty vote

Birthdates which occurred on 2nd October:

1800 Nat Turner Virginia, leader of major slave rebellion
1851 Ferdinand Foch believed to be responsible for Allies winning WW I
1869 Mohandas K Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi), Porbandar Kathiawad India, pacifist
1871 Cordell Hull US Sec of State (1933-44), lowered tariffs (Nobel 1945)
1879 Wallace Stevens Reading Pa, poet (Ideas of Order)
1885 Ruth Bryan Rohde US, (Rep), minister to Denmark
1890 Julius "Groucho" Marx NYC, comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life)
1891 H V Porter basketball pioneer, created fan shape backboard
1895 Bud Abbott Asbury Pk NJ, comedian (Abbott & Costello)
1899 Nat Turner famous African
19-- Avery Brooks Evansville Ind, actor (Hawk-Spenser for Hire)
19-- Betty Kennedy Roswell NM, actress (Andrea-Ladies' Man)
19-- Chip McAllister St Louis Mo, actor (Luther-Better Days)
19-- Lani O'Grady Walnut Creek Calif, actress (Mary-8 is Enough)
19-- Wesley Thompson Chicago Ill, actor (Wardell-He's the Mayor)
1904 Graham Greene England, prolific novelist (Brighton Rock)
1914 Charles Drake Bayside NYC, actor (Air Force, Glenn Miller Story)
1921 Robert Runcie archbishop of Canterbury
1928 Clay Felker St Louis, journalist (NY Herald Tribune, Esquire)
1928 Spanky McFarland actor (Little Rascals)
1929 Moses Gunn St Louis Mo, actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft)
1932 Maury Wills baseball shortstop (LA Dodgers, NL MVP 1962)
1938 Rex Reed Ft Worth Tx, movie critic/actor (Myra Breckinridge)
1939 Yuri N Glazkov cosmonaut (Soyuz 24)
1945 Don McLean singer/songwriter (American Pie, Vincent)
1945 Neil Frances Tennant rocker (Pet Shop Boy-West End Girl)
1946 Roger Jett Maryland, actor (Smithereens)
1948 Donna Karan Forest Hills NY, fashion designer (Coty Award-1977)
1950 Persis Khambatta Bombay India, actress (Star Trek, Megaforce)
1951 Mike Rutherford rocker (Genesis-Against All Odds, Mike & Mechanics)
1951 Romina Power LA Calif, actress (Justine)
1951 Sting AKA Gordon Sumner, rocker (Police-Roxanne)/actor (Dune)
1952 George Meegen England, walked 19,019 miles from Argentina to Alaska
1954 Lorraine Bracco actress (Someone to Watch Over Me, Dream Team)
1957 Kimberly Herrin Santa Barbara Calif, playmate (March, 1981)
1960 Glenn Anderson Vancouver, NHL (Edmonton Oilers)
1961 Phil Oakey rocker (Human League-Human)
1961 Robbie Nevil rocker (A Place Like This)
1962 Esai Morales actor (Bad Boys, La Bamba)
1964 Sherry Arnett St Louis Mo, playmate (Jan, 1986)
1965 Jill Powell Jacksonville Fla, actress (Marcy-As The World Turns)
1970 Kelly Ripa actress (Hayley Vaughan-All My Children)
1971 "Tiffany" Renee Darwich Norwalk Cal, singer (I Think We're Alone Now)
1991 Beau Grayson son of country singer Tanya Tucker


Deaths which occurred on October 2nd:
322 -BC- Aristotle dies of indigestion
1264 Pope Urban IV (1261-64), dies (birth date unknown)
1678 Gen Wu San-kuei invited Manchus in China, dies trying to expell them
1780 John Andre British major, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold, dies at 30
1962 Frank Lovejoy actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies at 48
1973 Paavo "Flying Finn" Nurmi who won 6 Olympic gold medals, dies
1973 Paul Hartman actor (Bert-Petticoat Junction), dies at 68
1981 Hazel Scott singer/pianist (Hazel Scott), dies at 61
1985 George Savalas actor (Kojak), dies at 58
1985 Rock Hudson actor (MacMillian & Wife), dies at 59 of aids
1985 Sidney Clute actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), dies at 69

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