Historical Events on October 2

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  • 939 Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans
  • 976 Hisham II appointed kalief of Cordoba
  • 1134 Storm flood ravages Zeeland county

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1187 Sultan Saladin captures Jerusalem from Crusaders

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
  • 1263 The battle of Largs fought between Norwegians and Scots.
  • 1492 King Henry VII of England invades France
  • 1518 English cardinal Thomas Wolsey makes European plan

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1535 Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal)

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1540 Venice and Turkey signs peace

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1552 Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.

Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible
Russian Tsar
Ivan the Terrible
  • 1572 Spanish army occupies, plunders and destroys Mechelen
  • 1608 Hans Lippershey applies for patent for first known early telescope in the Netherlands
  • 1614 French King Louis XIII declared an adult at 13
  • 1656 English North American colony of Connecticut passes law against Quakers
  • 1700 Spanish king Carlos II appoints Philip van Anjou, heir to throne
  • 1760 Russian and Austrian army evacuates Berlin [NS=10/13]
  • 1787 Maagden House opens in Amsterdam

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1789 George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1792 Baptist Missionary Society forms in London
  • 1795 Tula (leader slave uprising) sentence to death in Curacao
  • 1799 Duke of York & Russians capture Alkmaar in Netherlands
  • 1804 Britain mobilizes to protect against French invasion
  • 1833 NY Anti-Slavery Society organized
  • 1835 Battle of Gonzales fought between Texan settlers and Mexican forces. First engagement of the Texas revolution

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1836 After 5 years at sea Charles Darwin returns to England aboard the HMS Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1851 The pasilalinic-sympathetic compass(a contraption built to test the pseudo-scientific hypothesis that snails create a permanent telepathic link when they mate) is demonstrated but proves to be a fake.
  • 1853 Austrian law forbids Jews from owning land
  • 1861 Former US VP John C Breckinridge flees Kentucky
  • 1864 Battle of Saltville, VA
  • 1866 J Osterhoudt patents tin can with key opener
  • 1870 Italy annexes Rome & Papal States; Rome made Italian capital

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1871 Brigham Young, mormon leader, arrested for bigamy

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young
  • 1872 Morgan State University founded

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1872 Phileas Fogg sets out on his journey as depicted in Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days"

Novelist Jules Verne
Jules Verne
  • 1876 16th British Golf Open: Bob Martin shoots a 176 at St Andrews
  • 1879 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Musgrave Ritual" (BG)
  • 1889 1st Pan American conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • 1889 In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
  • 1895 1st cartoon comic strip is printed in a newspaper
  • 1899 Orange Free state mobilizes
  • 1901 First Royal Navy submarine launched at Barrow-in-Furness

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1902 Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is published by Frederick Warne & Co. in London

Children's Author Beatrix Potter
Children's Author
Beatrix Potter
  • 1904 German General Lothar von Trotha issues order to exterminate Herero people of Namidia, first genocide of the 20th Century, will kill 65,000 Herero and 100,000 of the Nama tribe

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1906 Tommy Burns KOs Jim Burns in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1907 Phillies Eddie Grant goes 7 for 7 in a doubleheader vs Giants
  • 1908 Addie Joss perfect game stops Ed Walsh 1-0 who won 40 in a row
  • 1909 1st rugby match (Twickenham)
  • 1910 1st 2 aircraft collision (Milan Italy)
  • 1910 Henry Wijnmalen flies to 2,800m altitude (world record)

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1912 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, at invitation of Gandhi, arrives in South Africa on a 26-day tour; he also visits Tolstoy Farm

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • 1913 Phillies beat NY Giants 2 games out of 3

  • 1916 Grover Cleveland Alexander records his 16th shutout of year
  • 1916 San Diego Zoo founded
  • 1919 1st edition "Volkskrant" (People's newspaper) published in Neth

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1919 US President Woodrow Wilson has a stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1920 Only tripleheader of twentieth century (Reds win 13-4, 7-3 then Pirates win 6-0)
  • 1920 The Chinese sign an agreement with the Russo-Asiatic Bank, largely French and Russian controlled, which will oversee the Chinese Eastern Railway, but give local supervision to China

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1921 NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits then record 59th HR

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1923 British occuping army leaves Constantinople
  • 1923 Harry Heilmann goes 2-for-2, sit out rest of season, except for a pinch single on final day, hitting .403
  • 1924 League of Nations approves protocols of Geneva
  • 1926 Bert Gibb of Hamilton Tigers kicks 9 singles in a game
  • 1928 "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", known as Opus Dei, founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá
  • 1931 Pope Pius XI encyclical On economic crisis
  • 1932 NY Yankees sweep Chicago Cubs in 29th World Series
  • 1932 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play 1st NFL game, lose 14-0
  • 1933 Eugene O'Neill's comedy "Ah, Wilderness" premieres in NYC

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1935 Mussolini's Italian army attacks Abyssinia (Ethiopia)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1935 NY Hayden Planetarium, 4th in US, opens
  • 1936 1st alcohol power plant forms, Atchison, Kansas
  • 1936 Amsterdam's Calvinist Churches reject nazism
  • 1936 French franc devalued, relatively late and after Britain (1931) and the US (1933)
  • 1936 NY Yankees score World Series record 18 runs, beating Giants 18-4
  • 1936 Tony Lazzeri becomes 1st Yank to hit a World Series grand slam

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1937 FDR visits Grand Coulee Dam construction site in Washington State

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1938 Indian Bob Feller strikes out record 18 Tigers (Chester Laabs 5 times)
  • 1940 17 German aircraft shot down over England
  • 1940 British Council receives Royal Charter
  • 1940 British liner Empress, loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
  • 1941 6 Paris synagogues are bombed by Gestapo
  • 1941 Germans launch attack on Moscow
  • 1942 RMS Queen Mary, carrying thousands of US troops, slices cruiser HMS Curacao in half, killing 239
  • 1943 Japanese troops leave Kolombangara, Solomon Island
  • 1943 Yankees sweep 14th doubleheader of year, beating Browns, 5-1 & 7-6
  • 1944 Polish resistance fighters capitulate in the Warsaw Uprising, with some 250,000 people killed
  • 1944 US B-17's drops pamphlets on Walcheren
  • 1946 1st network soap opera "Faraway Hill" begins broadcasting on DuMont Television Network
  • 1947 "Music in My Heart" opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 124 performances
  • 1947 Revised International Telecommunication Convention adopted

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1947 Yankee Yogi Berra becomes 1st to pinch hit a World Series homer

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1948 "Finian's Rainbow" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 725 performances
  • 1949 St Louis Browns use 9 pitchers, lose to Whites Sox 4-3
  • 1949 USSR recognizes People's Republic of China
  • 1949 Yanks & Red Sox, tied for 1st place, play final game of season. Yanks win 5-3 & clinch pennant #16

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1950 1st strip of Charlie Brown, "Li'l Folks", later "Peanuts", by Charles M. Schulz published in 9 papers

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Charles M. Schulz
  • 1950 Red Sox Dom DiMaggio leads AL with only 15 stolen bases
  • 1950 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions
  • 1950 Chic Cards Jim Hardy passes for 6 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (55-13)
  • 1951 1st Netherland TV broadcast (Toverspiegel)
  • 1951 Dodgers beat Giants 10-0, in 2nd game of play-offs
  • 1953 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" opens at John Golden NYC for 849 performances
  • 1953 Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in World Series
  • 1954 8th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Detroit 2-2 at Detroit
  • 1954 Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal, India
  • 1954 NY Giants sweep Cleveland Indians, in 51st World Series
  • 1955 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premieres on CBS television in the US
  • 1955 9th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 3-1 at Detroit
  • 1955 Chiva Stoica becomes premier of Romania
  • 1955 WHTN (now WOWK) TV ch 13 in Huntington-Charleston, WV (CBS) begins
  • 1956 1st atomic power clock exhibited-NYC
  • 1957 NY Yankees appear in their 25th World Series
  • 1957 New volcanic island appears off Fayal Island Azores

Film release premierFilm Release

1957 "The Bridge on the River Kwai", directed by David Lean and starring William Holden and Alec Guinness, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1958)

Actor William Holden
William Holden
Actor Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • 1958 Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
  • 1958 Musical show "Valmouth" 1st produced in London
  • 1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1959 Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1960 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Antonio Civitan Golf Tournament
  • 1961 "Ben Casey" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1961 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1961 WETA TV channel 26 in Washington, D.C. (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 WHRO TV channel 15 in Hampton-Norfolk, VA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 SF beats LA, 8-7 in 4h18m 9 inning playoff game
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Johnston Island
  • 1963 Dodgers' Sandy Koufax strikes out World Series record 15 Yankees

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1963 West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer condemns western grain shipments to USSR

Chancellor of West Germany Konrad Adenauer
Chancellor of West Germany
Konrad Adenauer
  • 1964 Phillies tie major league record with season's 3rd triple play (Reds)
  • 1965 Dodgers beat Braves to clinch NL pennant
  • 1965 Mel Stottlemyre wins game #20
  • 1965 Phillies' Chris Short strikes-out 18 NY Mets
  • 1965 Pope Paul VI named MR Perey bishop's helper of New Orleans
  • 1966 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • 1966 LA Dodgers Sandy Koufax clinches 3rd LA pennant in 4 years
  • 1967 Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents
  • 1967 Groundbreaking begins on Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia

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1967 Thurgood Marshall sworn in as 1st black Supreme Court Justice

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall
  • 1968 1st London performance of "Promises, Promises" presented
  • 1968 Bob Gibson sets a World Series record of 17 strikeouts
  • 1968 Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
  • 1968 Republic Guinea forms (day of republic)
  • 1968 1st time, 2 soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other Cards Bob Gibson beat Tigers Denny McLain 4-0
  • 1969 Seattle Pilots last game in Seattle, lose 3-1 to As in front of 5,473
  • 1969 US performs underground nuclear test at Amchitka Island Aleutians
  • 1970 Billy Martin named manager of the Detriot Tigers
  • 1970 Plane carrying Wichita State U football team crashes killing 30
  • 1971 Homing pigeon averages a record 133kph in an 1100km race in Australia
  • 1972 "From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 1972 Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105
  • 1972 Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0
  • 1972 Danish population votes for membership of the European Common Market
  • 1972 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats NY Mets, 7-0
  • 1972 Ron Johnson becomes 1st NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs Philadelphia)

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1974 Hank Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1975 The Ulster Volunteer Force kill 7 civilians in a series of attacks across Northern Ireland; 6 were Catholic civilians and 1 was a Protestant civilian
  • 1975 Four Ulster Volunteer Force members killed after a bomb they are carrying prematurely explodes in Farrenlester, near Coleraine
  • 1976 "Let My People Come" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 106 performances
  • 1977 Pakistani general Zia ul-Haq bans all opposition
  • 1977 Vivian Brownlee wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • 1977 Dusty Baker 30th HR joins teammates Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32), & Ron Cey (30) in make Dodgers 1st team to boast 4 30-HR hitters
  • 1978 Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
  • 1978 Yanks win 3rd straight AL East beating Red Sox 5-4 in a playoff game. Guidry wins #25 aided by Dent's homer & Pinella's fielding

BeatificationPapal Visit

1979 Pope John Paul II visits New York City, and at the U.N. denounces all concentration camps and torture

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1980 Larry Holmes TKOs Muhammad Ali in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1980 Michael Myers (D-Pa), is 1st rep expelled in over 100 years (ABSCAM)
  • 1981 Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran
  • 1982 Bomb attack in Tehran, kills 60, injures 700

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1982 The Portland Building, designed by Michael Graves, considered the 1st postmodern building is opened in Portland Oregon

Architect Michael Graves
Michael Graves
  • 1983 Art Monk begins NFL streak of 136 plus consecutive game receptions
  • 1983 Carl Yastrezemski's last at bat
  • 1983 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic
  • 1984 3 cosmonauts return after a record 237 days in orbit
  • 1984 In 1st LCS game played with replacement umps, Cubs beat Padres 13-0
  • 1984 Richard Miller becomes 1st (former) FBI agent to be charged with espionage
  • 1985 Russian party leader Gorbachev visits Paris (his first trip abroad)
  • 1985 Tigers Darrell Evans is 1st to hit 40 HR seasons in both leagues
  • 1986 Mike Scott is 3rd NL pitcher to strike out 300 in a season (306)
  • 1986 NY Met Dwight Gooden is 1st to strike out 200 or more in 1st 3 seasons
  • 1986 Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
  • 1988 Gelindo Bordin wins 21st Olympics marathon (2:10:32)
  • 1988 Minnesota Twins are 1st AL club ever to break 3 million season attendance
  • 1988 Pakistan's Supreme Court orders free elections

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1988 Mike Tyson wrecks furniture in his mansion in Bernardsville, NJ, during a domestic dispute

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 New Zealand horseman Mark Todd wins individual eventing gold medal aboard Charisma at the Seoul Olympics; his 2nd consecutive gold after winning in 1984
  • 1988 Future world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, representing Canada, wins super-heavyweight gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats American Riddick Bowe by 2nd round TKO
  • 1988 South Korean light middleweight boxer Park Si-hun is controversially awarded the Seoul Olympic gold medal after appearing well beaten by future 4 weight class world champion Roy Jones Jr
  • 1988 Gelindo Bordin of Italy wins the men's marathon in 2:10:32 at the Seoul Olympics; beats world champion Douglas Wakiihuri of Kenya by 15 seconds
  • 1989 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US
  • 1990 "Michael Feinstein in Concert" opens at Golden NYC for 30 performances
  • 1990 WW2 Allied nations cede any remaining rights as occupiers of Germany
  • 1990 Chinese plane explodes, about 100 die
  • 1990 US Senate votes 90-9 to confirm David Souter's appointment to Supreme Court
  • 1990 Radio Berlin International's final transmission (links to Deutsche Welles of West Germany); final song is "The End" by Doors

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1991 Eric Lindros refuses to sign with Quebec Nordiques

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros

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1991 Steffi Graf becomes the youngest woman to win 500 professional tennis matches

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1991 Toronto Blue Jays clinches AL East title & becomes 1st team to draw 4 million fans
  • 1992 VP Itamar Franco becomes President of Brazil
  • 1992 The Carandiru Massacre takes place after a riot in the Carandiru Penitentiary in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1994 "Show Boat" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC
  • 1994 Pakistan defeat Australia by one wicket in Karachi Test
  • 1995 "Moon Over Buffalo" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 308 performances