What Happened On This Day – October 2
2002 Beltway sniper attacks begin
A series of coordinated sniper attacks occurred in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The attacks lasted 3 weeks and resulted in the killing of 10 people.
1992 Carandiru massacre
A prison riot in Carandiru Penitentiary, Brazil, led to the killing of over 100 inmates by the police.
1958 Guinea declares independence
Guinea declared its independence from France.
1950 Peanuts published for the first time
Charles M. Schulz's comic strip, Peanuts, was printed for the first time in 9 newspapers around the U.S.
1835 Battle of Gonzales
The first military engagement of the Texas War of Independence, the Battle of Gonzales, occurred on this day between Texas rebels and Mexican troops. This battle marked the beginning of Texas' War of Independence, which resulted in the establishment of the Republic of Texas.
Births On This Day – October 2
English singer-songwriter, bass player, actor
1949 Annie Leibovitz
1904 Graham Greene
English author, playwright, critic
1890 Groucho Marx
American comedian, actor
Deaths On This Day – October 2
2015 Brian Friel
Irish author, playwright, director
1985 Rock Hudson
1973 Paavo Nurmi
1968 Marcel Duchamp
1803 Samuel Adams
American politician, 4th Governor of Massachusetts