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October 2 Key events and famous birthdays

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October 2 is the 275th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, and the head of the Jewish year (Rosh Hashanah). According to the Jewish calendar, October 2 is the day God created Adam and Eve.

October 2 birthdays and holidays

On this day in 1869, Indian activist and Philosopher Mahatma Gandhi was born. In his honor, the world celebrates the International Day of Non-Violence.

On the same day in 1958, Guinea received independence from France and Sekou Toure became the republic’s first president.

Italy also marks the national grandparents day today.

Other events that happened on October 2 include:

1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier discovered Montreal.
1614 – French King Louis XIII declared an adult at 13.
1870 – Rome was made the capital of Italy.
1909 – The first rugby football match between Harlequins vs. Richmond was played at Twickenham Stadium in south west London, England.
1919 – The 28th US President, Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke that left him partially paralyzed.
1928 – The “Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God”, commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Josemaría Escrivá.
1949 – USSR recognizes the People’s Republic of China.
1984 – Richard Miller becomes the first FBI agent to be charged with espionage.

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