Oct. 2: Day in History

VIDEO: East and West Germany reunite

Since 2007, Oct. 2 — the birth anniversary of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi — has been observed as the International Day of Non-Violence . Around the world, people, governments and groups have honored the day with news articles, lectures, exhibitions, ceremonies and prayer meetings.

1950 Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comics first appear in newspapers

“Peanuts” debuted in seven newspapers on Oct. 2, 1950. After several rejections, Schulz sold the comic strip to United Feature Syndicate. The comic strip was originally titled “Li’l Folks” but the syndicate renamed it. Schulz never liked the name. He was paid $90 for his first month of strips.

1967 Thurgood Marshall, first African American member of U.S. Supreme Court, takes oath

Before he became a justice, Marshall was a lawyer best remembered for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victor in Brown vs. Board of Education. He was nominated to the court by President Johnson.

2002 Beltway sniper attacks begin

For 23 days in October, 10 people were fatally shot and three were critically injured as they went about their everyday lives. The victims included a 13-year-old boy at a school in Bowie, Md., and an FBI analyst leaving a home improvement store with her husband. On Oct. 24, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were apprehended as they slept in a blue 1990 Chevy Caprice.


Also on this day:

Oct. 2, 1990: Unification of Germany

Within a year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, East and West Germany reunite.



Oct. 2, 2002: Bush’s Involvement in Iraq

Congress authorizes the president to use force as he deems necessary.



Oct. 2, 2006: Amish Schoolhouse Shooting

A peace-loving community is the target of a brutal massacre.


Famous Birthdays:

1890 Groucho Marx

1904 Graham Greene

1949 Annie Leibovitz

1951 Sting

1970 Kelly Ripa


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