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2nd of October 1187 EVENT Siege of Jerusalem: Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.
2nd of October 1263 EVENT The battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
2nd of October 1535 EVENT Jacques Cartier discovers Montreal, Quebec.
2nd of October 1552 EVENT Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.
2nd of October 1780 EVENT John Andre, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, is hanged as a spy by American forces.
2nd of October 1789 EVENT George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
2nd of October 1814 EVENT Battle of Rancagua: Spanish Royalists troops under Mariano Osorio defeated rebel Chilean forces of Bernardo O'Higgins and Jose Miguel Carrera.
2nd of October 1835 EVENT 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.
2nd of October 1864 EVENT American Civil War: Battle of Saltville : Union forces attack Saltville, Virginia, but are defeated by Confederate troops.
2nd of October 1889 EVENT In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
2nd of October 1919 EVENT U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed.
2nd of October 1924 EVENT The Geneva Protocol is adopted as a means to strengthen the League of Nations.
2nd of October 1925 EVENT John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system.
2nd of October 1928 EVENT The "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaria Escriva.
2nd of October 1941 EVENT World War II: In Operation Typhoon, Germany begins an all-out offensive against Moscow.
2nd of October 1944 EVENT World War II: Nazi troops end the Warsaw Uprising.
2nd of October 1950 EVENT Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published
2nd of October 1958 EVENT Guinea declares its independence from France.
2nd of October 1959 EVENT The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television.
2nd of October 1967 EVENT Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court.
2nd of October 1968 EVENT A peaceful student demonstration in Mexico City culminates in the Tlatelolco massacre.
2nd of October 1970 EVENT A plane carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado killing 31 people.
2nd of October 1990 EVENT Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 is hijacked; after landing at Guangzhou, it crashes into two airliners on the ground, killing 132 people.
2nd of October 1992 EVENT The Carandiru Massacre takes place after a riot in the Carandiru Penitentiary in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
2nd of October 1996 EVENT Aeroperu Flight 603, a Boeing 757, crashes into the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from Lima, Peru, killing 70.
2nd of October 1996 EVENT The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
2nd of October 2001 EVENT NATO backs U.S. military strikes following 9/11.
2nd of October 2001 EVENT Swissair liquidates and the airline is replaced by SWISS.
2nd of October 2002 EVENT The Beltway sniper attacks begin, extending over three weeks.
2nd of October 2005 EVENT Ethan Allen Boating Accident: The Ethan Allen tour boat capsizes on Lake George in Upstate New York, killing twenty people.
2nd of October 2006 EVENT Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before Roberts commits suicide.
2nd of October 2007 EVENT 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 of October 1452 BIRTHDAY King Richard III of England (d. 1485)
2nd of October 1470 BIRTHDAY Isabella of Naples, Duchess of Milan (d. 1524)
2nd of October 1538 BIRTHDAY Saint Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal (d. 1584)
2nd of October 1644 BIRTHDAY Francois-Timoleon de Choisy, French writer (d. 1724)
2nd of October 1722 BIRTHDAY Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier (d. 1776)
2nd of October 1737 BIRTHDAY Francis Hopkinson, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence (d. 1791)
2nd of October 1768 BIRTHDAY William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (d. 1854)
2nd of October 1798 BIRTHDAY King Charles Albert of Sardinia (d. 1849)
2nd of October 1800 BIRTHDAY Nat Turner, African-American slave and insurgent (d. 1831)
2nd of October 1828 BIRTHDAY Charles Floquet, French statesman (d. 1896)
2nd of October 1832 BIRTHDAY Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist (d. 1917)
2nd of October 1833 BIRTHDAY Rev. William Corby, American Catholic priest (d. 1897)
2nd of October 1847 BIRTHDAY Paul von Hindenburg, German officer and politician (d. 1934)
2nd of October 1851 BIRTHDAY Ferdinand Foch, French soldier (d. 1929)
2nd of October 1852 BIRTHDAY William Ramsay, Scottish chemist (d. 1916)
2nd of October 1869 BIRTHDAY Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (also known as Mahatma Gandhi), Indian politician, national father and spiritual leader (d. 1948)
2nd of October 1871 BIRTHDAY Cordell Hull, 47th United States Secretary of State, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1955)
2nd of October 1871 BIRTHDAY Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscape architect (d. 1959)
2nd of October 1873 BIRTHDAY Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (d. 1924)
2nd of October 1873 BIRTHDAY Plum Warner, English cricketer (d. 1963)
2nd of October 1879 BIRTHDAY Wallace Stevens, American poet (d. 1955)
2nd of October 1882 BIRTHDAY Boris Shaposhnikov, Russian military commander (d. 1945)
2nd of October 1890 BIRTHDAY Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1977)
2nd of October 1893 BIRTHDAY Leroy Shield, American film score and radio composer (Our Gang, Laurel and Hardy) (d. 1962)
2nd of October 1895 BIRTHDAY Bud Abbott, American comedian and actor (d. 1974)
2nd of October 1901 BIRTHDAY Alice Prin, French singer and artist (d. 1953)
2nd of October 1902 BIRTHDAY Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (d. 1965)
2nd of October 1904 BIRTHDAY Lal Bahadur Shastri, Prime Minister of India (d. 1966)
2nd of October 1904 BIRTHDAY Graham Greene, British novelist (d. 1991)
2nd of October 1907 BIRTHDAY Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd, Scottish chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1997)
2nd of October 1907 BIRTHDAY Victor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician (d. 2001)
2nd of October 1911 BIRTHDAY Jack Finney, American author (d. 1995)
2nd of October 1913 BIRTHDAY Karl Miller, German footballer (d. 1967)
2nd of October 1914 BIRTHDAY Jack Parsons, American rocket scientist, author, and occultist (d. 1952)
2nd of October 1914 BIRTHDAY Bernarr Rainbow, historian of music education, organist, and choir master (d. 1998)
2nd of October 1917 BIRTHDAY Christian de Duve, English-born biologist, Nobel laureate
2nd of October 1917 BIRTHDAY Charles Drake, American actor (d. 1994)
2nd of October 1921 BIRTHDAY Albert Scott Crossfield, American test pilot (d. 2006)
2nd of October 1921 BIRTHDAY Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 2000)
2nd of October 1926 BIRTHDAY Jan Morris, English writer
2nd of October 1928 BIRTHDAY George "Spanky" McFarland, American actor (d. 1993)
2nd of October 1928 BIRTHDAY Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologian
2nd of October 1929 BIRTHDAY Howard Roberts, American Jazz Guitarist, Educator, and Session Musician (d. 1992)
2nd of October 1929 BIRTHDAY Peter Bronfman, Canadian businessman (d. 1996)
2nd of October 1929 BIRTHDAY Moses Gunn, American actor (d. 1993)
2nd of October 1929 BIRTHDAY Cesare Maestri, Italian climber, famous for climbing Cerro Torre
2nd of October 1930 BIRTHDAY Dave Barrett, Premier of British Columbia
2nd of October 1932 BIRTHDAY Maury Wills, American baseball player
2nd of October 1933 BIRTHDAY Phill Niblock, American composer, filmmaker and videographer
2nd of October 1934 BIRTHDAY Earl Wilson, American baseball player (d. 2005)
2nd of October 1935 BIRTHDAY Omar Sivori, Argentine football player (d. 2005)
2nd of October 1936 BIRTHDAY Dick Barnett, American basketball player
2nd of October 1937 BIRTHDAY Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., American attorney (d. 2005)
2nd of October 1938 BIRTHDAY Rex Reed, American movie critic and actor
2nd of October 1938 BIRTHDAY Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (d. 1983)
2nd of October 1940 BIRTHDAY Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player
2nd of October 1941 BIRTHDAY Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian
2nd of October 1943 BIRTHDAY Franklin Rosemont, American artist
2nd of October 1945 BIRTHDAY Don McLean, American songwriter
2nd of October 1946 BIRTHDAY Eric Peterson, Canadian actor
2nd of October 1946 BIRTHDAY Gen.Sonthi Boonyaratglin, President of Council for National Security and Commander-in-Chief of Royal Thai Army
2nd of October 1948 BIRTHDAY Donna Karan, American fashion designer
2nd of October 1948 BIRTHDAY Avery Brooks, American actor
2nd of October 1948 BIRTHDAY Chris LeDoux, American musician and rodeo performer (d. 2005)
2nd of October 1948 BIRTHDAY Trevor Brooking, English footballer
2nd of October 1948 BIRTHDAY Siim Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia
2nd of October 1949 BIRTHDAY Richard Hell, American musician
2nd of October 1949 BIRTHDAY Annie Leibovitz, American photographer
2nd of October 1950 BIRTHDAY Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (d. 1998)
2nd of October 1950 BIRTHDAY Ian McNeice, English actor
2nd of October 1950 BIRTHDAY Mike Rutherford, English musician (Genesis)
2nd of October 1951 BIRTHDAY Sting, English musician and actor
2nd of October 1951 BIRTHDAY Romina Power, Italian singer
2nd of October 1952 BIRTHDAY Robin Riker, American actress
2nd of October 1952 BIRTHDAY Jan Svejnar, Czech politician
2nd of October 1952 BIRTHDAY Wahed Wafa, Afghan singer
2nd of October 1954 BIRTHDAY Lorraine Bracco, American actress
2nd of October 1955 BIRTHDAY Phil Oakey, English singer (The Human League)
2nd of October 1957 BIRTHDAY Wade Dooley, English rugby union player
2nd of October 1960 BIRTHDAY Glenn Anderson, Canadian ice hockey player
2nd of October 1960 BIRTHDAY Al Connelly, Canadian Musician/Songwriter
2nd of October 1960 BIRTHDAY Robbie Nevil, American singer and songwriter
2nd of October 1960 BIRTHDAY Lothar Schlapp, German footballer
2nd of October 1962 BIRTHDAY Jeff Bennett, American voice actor
2nd of October 1962 BIRTHDAY Sigtryggur Baldursson, Icelandic drummer (The Sugarcubes)
2nd of October 1962 BIRTHDAY James Hunter, English singer
2nd of October 1962 BIRTHDAY Aziz M. Osman, Malaysian actor and director
2nd of October 1962 BIRTHDAY Mark Rypien, American football player
2nd of October 1964 BIRTHDAY Dirk Brinkmann, German field hockey player
2nd of October 1964 BIRTHDAY Sam Bockarie, RUF Rebel Military Commander
2nd of October 1966 BIRTHDAY Rodney Anoa'i (Yokozuna), Samoan-American professional wrestler (d. 2000)
2nd of October 1967 BIRTHDAY Frankie Fredericks, Namibian athlete
2nd of October 1967 BIRTHDAY Bud Gaugh, American musician (Sublime)
2nd of October 1967 BIRTHDAY Gillian Welch, American singer and songwriter
2nd of October 1968 BIRTHDAY Victoria Derbyshire, British radio presenter
2nd of October 1968 BIRTHDAY Jeff Martin, Canadian singer/songwriter (The Tea Party)
2nd of October 1968 BIRTHDAY Jana Novotna, Czech tennis player
2nd of October 1968 BIRTHDAY Glen Wesley, Canadian ice hockey player
2nd of October 1969 BIRTHDAY Damon Gough, English singer
2nd of October 1969 BIRTHDAY Jun Akiyama, Japanese professional wrestler
2nd of October 1969 BIRTHDAY Mitch English, American actor
2nd of October 1970 BIRTHDAY Eddie Guardado, American baseball relief pitcher
2nd of October 1970 BIRTHDAY Maribel Verdu, Spanish actress
2nd of October 1970 BIRTHDAY Kelly Ripa, American actress
2nd of October 1971 BIRTHDAY James Root, American guitarist (Slipknot)
2nd of October 1971 BIRTHDAY Tiffany, American singer
2nd of October 1972 BIRTHDAY Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997
2nd of October 1972 BIRTHDAY Aaron McKie, American basketball player
2nd of October 1973 BIRTHDAY Efren Ramirez, American actor
2nd of October 1973 BIRTHDAY Lene Nystr?m Rasted, Norwegian singer (Aqua)
2nd of October 1973 BIRTHDAY Proof, American rapper (D12) (d. 2006)
2nd of October 1973 BIRTHDAY Verka Serduchka, Ukrainian entertainer
2nd of October 1973 BIRTHDAY Scott Schoeneweis, American baseball player
2nd of October 1973 BIRTHDAY Maria Wetterstrand, Swedish politician
2nd of October 1974 BIRTHDAY Simon Gregson, British actor
2nd of October 1974 BIRTHDAY Michelle Krusiec, American actress
2nd of October 1974 BIRTHDAY Mark Porter, New Zealand racing driver (d. 2006)
2nd of October 1974 BIRTHDAY Sam Roberts, Canadian singer and songwriter
2nd of October 1974 BIRTHDAY Paul Teutul Jr., American custom motorcycle builder
2nd of October 1976 BIRTHDAY Anita Kulcsar, Hungarian handball player (d. 2005)
2nd of October 1976 BIRTHDAY John Thornton, American football player
2nd of October 1976 BIRTHDAY Mandisa, American singer
2nd of October 1978 BIRTHDAY Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer
2nd of October 1979 BIRTHDAY Primoz Brezec, Slovenian basketball player
2nd of October 1979 BIRTHDAY Arta Dobroshi, Kosovar actress
2nd of October 1979 BIRTHDAY Francisco Fonseca, Mexican footballer
2nd of October 1979 BIRTHDAY Maja Ivarsson, Swedish singer (The Sounds)
2nd of October 1980 BIRTHDAY Shane Andrus, American football player
2nd of October 1981 BIRTHDAY Luke Wilkshire, Australian footballer
2nd of October 1982 BIRTHDAY Amber Lee Ettinger, American actress
2nd of October 1982 BIRTHDAY Tyson Chandler, American basketball player
2nd of October 1982 BIRTHDAY George Pettit, Canadian singer (Alexisonfire)
2nd of October 1984 BIRTHDAY Marion Bartoli, French tennis player
2nd of October 1985 BIRTHDAY Buster Davis, American football player
2nd of October 1985 BIRTHDAY Brandon Jackson, American football player
2nd of October 1986 BIRTHDAY Camilla Belle, American actress
2nd of October 1987 BIRTHDAY Joel Reinders, Canadian football player
2nd of October 1987 BIRTHDAY Phil Kessel, American ice hockey player
2nd of October 1990 BIRTHDAY Dean Bouzanis, Australian footballer
2nd of October 1990 BIRTHDAY Samantha Barks, Manx singer and actress
2nd of October 0939 DEATH Gilbert, Duke of Lorraine
2nd of October 1559 DEATH Jacquet of Mantua, French composer (Born 1483)
2nd of October 1626 DEATH Diego Sarmiento de Acuna, conde de Gondomar, Spanish diplomat (Born 1567)
2nd of October 1629 DEATH Pierre de Berulle, French cardinal and statesman (Born 1575)
2nd of October 1629 DEATH Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (Born 1584)
2nd of October 1708 DEATH Anne-Jules, 2nd duc de Noailles, French general (Born 1650)
2nd of October 1724 DEATH Francois-Timoleon de Choisy, French writer (Born 1644)
2nd of October 1746 DEATH Josiah Burchett, English Secretary of the Admiralty
2nd of October 1764 DEATH William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Born 1720)
2nd of October 1775 DEATH Chiyo-ni, Japanese poet (Born 1703)
2nd of October 1780 DEATH John Andre, British Army officer (executed) (Born 1750)
2nd of October 1782 DEATH Charles Lee, British and U.S. general (Born 1732)
2nd of October 1786 DEATH Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, Royal Navy admiral (Born 1725)
2nd of October 1803 DEATH Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader (Born 1722)
2nd of October 1804 DEATH Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French steam vehicle pioneer (Born 1725)
2nd of October 1817 DEATH Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (Born 1744)
2nd of October 1850 DEATH Sarah Biffen, English painter (Born 1784)
2nd of October 1853 DEATH Francois Jean Dominique Arago, French mathematician (Born 1786)
2nd of October 1920 DEATH Max Bruch, German composer and conductor (Born 1838)
2nd of October 1927 DEATH Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (Born 1859)
2nd of October 1938 DEATH Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (Born 1859)
2nd of October 1947 DEATH Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (Born 1878)
2nd of October 1962 DEATH Boris Y. Bukreev, Russian mathematician (Born 1859)
2nd of October 1968 DEATH Marcel Duchamp, French artist (Born 1887)
2nd of October 1971 DEATH Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (Born 1911)
2nd of October 1973 DEATH Paul Hartman, American actor (Born 1904)
2nd of October 1973 DEATH Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner (Born 1897)
2nd of October 1974 DEATH Vasily Shukshin, Russian writer, actor, screenwriter, and director (Born 1929)
2nd of October 1975 DEATH Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (Born 1903)
2nd of October 1981 DEATH Harry Golden, American journalist (Born 1902)
2nd of October 1981 DEATH Hazel Scott, West Indian-born singer (Born 1920)
2nd of October 1985 DEATH Rock Hudson, American actor (Born 1925)
2nd of October 1987 DEATH Madeleine Carroll, British-born actress (Born 1906)
2nd of October 1987 DEATH Peter Medawar, Brazilian-born scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Born 1915)
2nd of October 1988 DEATH Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini (Born 1906)
2nd of October 1994 DEATH Harriet Hilliard Nelson, American actress (Born 1909)
2nd of October 1996 DEATH Robert Bourassa, politician, premier of Quebec (Born 1933)
2nd of October 1996 DEATH Exminister of Bulgaria Andrey Lukanov is shot in front of his home in Sofia from a possible hired assassin.
2nd of October 1998 DEATH Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (Born 1907)
2nd of October 1998 DEATH Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (Born 1924)
2nd of October 1999 DEATH Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (Born 1921)
2nd of October 2001 DEATH Franz Biebl, German composer (Born 1906)
2nd of October 2002 DEATH Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (Born 1911)
2nd of October 2003 DEATH John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (Born 1914)
2nd of October 2005 DEATH August Wilson, American playwright (Born 1945)
2nd of October 2005 DEATH Bert Eriksson, Belgian neo-Nazi (Born 1931)
2nd of October 2005 DEATH Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Born 1918)
2nd of October 2006 DEATH Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (Born 1938)
2nd of October 2006 DEATH Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (Born 1916)
2nd of October 2006 DEATH Tamara Dobson, American actress (Born 1947)
2nd of October 2006 DEATH Charles Carl Roberts, American spree killer (Born 1973)
2nd of October 2007 DEATH Tex Coulter, American football player (Born 1924)
2nd of October 2007 DEATH Christopher Derrick, British writer (Born 1921)
2nd of October 2007 DEATH Tawn Mastrey, American disc jockey (Born 1954)
2nd of October 2007 DEATH Dan Keating, Irish politician (Born 1902)
2nd of October 2008 DEATH Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (Born 1950)
2nd of October 2008 DEATH Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (Born 1968)
2nd of October 2010 DEATH Kwa Geok Choo, Mrs Lee Kuan Yew (Born 1920)

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