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October 2 Historical Events

The following events took place on October 2. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 37 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 829
    Theophilos succeeds his father Michael II as Byzantine Emperor.
  • 1187
    Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.
  • 1263
    The battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1470
    A rebellion organised by Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick forces King Edward IV of England to flee to the Netherlands, restoring Henry VI to the throne.
  • 1535
    Jacques Cartier discovers the area where Montreal is now located.
  • 1552
    Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.
  • 1780
    John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, is hanged as a spy by American forces.
  • 1789
    George Washington sends proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
  • 1814
    Battle of Rancagua: Spanish Royalists troops under Mariano Osorio defeats rebel Chilean forces of Bernardo O'Higgins and José Miguel Carrera.
  • 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.
  • 1889
    In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
  • 1919
    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.
  • 1925
    John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system.
  • 1928
    The “Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God”, commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá.
  • 1937
    Dominican Republic strongman Rafael Trujillo orders the execution of the Haitian population living within the borderlands; approximately 20,000 are killed over the next five days.
  • 1941
    World War II: In Operation Typhoon, Germany begins an all-out offensive against Moscow.
  • 1942
    World War II: Ocean Liner RMS Queen Mary accidentally rams and sinks her own escort ship, HMS Curacoa, off the coast of Ireland, killing 239 crewmen aboard the Curacoa.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
  • 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 by the order of the president, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, to the soldiers of killing unarmed students, hiding the event from the public eye. The 1968 Summer Olympics, hosted in Mexico City, started ten days after the massacre.
  • 1970
    A plane carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado killing 31 people.
  • 1979
    Pope John Paul II denounces all forms of concentration camps and torture while speaking at the U.N. in New York City.
  • 1980
    Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War.
  • 1990
    Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 is hijacked and lands at Guangzhou, where it crashes into two other airliners on the ground, killing 128.
  • 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 U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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