Today in history
Today is Saturday October 2, the 275th day of 2021. There are 90 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s story:
On October 2, 1869, political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India.
To this date :
In 1890, comedian Groucho Marx was born Julius Marx in New York.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a severe stroke in the White House that left him paralyzed on his left side.
In 1941, during World War II, the German armies launched an all-out campaign against Moscow; Soviet forces managed to retain their capital.
In 1944, German troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, in which a quarter of a million people were killed.
In 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States as the court opened its new term.
In 1970, one of two chartered twin-engine aircraft carrying the Wichita State University football team to Utah crashed into a mountain near Silver Plume, Colo., Killing 31 of 40 people. on board.
In 1984, Richard W. Miller became the first FBI agent to be arrested and charged with espionage. (Miller was tried three times; he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but was released after nine years.)
In 1986, the Senate joined the House to vote against President Reagan’s veto on severe economic sanctions against South Africa.
In 2002, sniper attacks in the Washington, DC area began, triggering a frenzied manhunt that lasted for three weeks. (John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were ultimately arrested for killing 10 people and injuring three others; Muhammad was executed in 2009; Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.)
In 2005, a tour boat, the Ethan Allen, capsized on New York’s Lake George, killing 20 elderly passengers. Playwright August Wilson died in Seattle at the age of 60. Actor-comedian Nipsey Russell has died in New York City at the age of 87.
In 2017, rock superstar Tom Petty died in a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 66, a day after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California.
In 2019, House Democrats threatened to challenge the White House with a request for congressional testimony and are documenting potential motives for an impeachment article against President Donald Trump. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first admitted that he participated in the phone call in which Trump urged the President of Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden.
Ten years ago: Syrian dissidents formally created an expanded national council designed to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime, which they accused of pushing the country to the brink of civil war.
Five years ago: Colombians rejected a peace deal with left-wing rebels by a narrow margin in a nationwide referendum, scuttling years of laborious negotiations and inflicting a startling setback on President Juan Manuel Santos. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully signed for the last time, ending 67 years behind the mic for the Dodgers, as he called the team’s 7-1 loss to the Giants in San Francisco.
A year ago: Struck by COVID-19, President Donald Trump was injected with an experimental combination of drugs at the White House before being airlifted to a military hospital, where he was administered Remdesivir , an antiviral drug. Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien has also tested positive for the coronavirus. Two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah, said they tested positive for the coronavirus, as the Senate prepared for the candidate’s confirmation hearings to Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett. Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, the dominant St. Louis Cardinals pitcher who has won seven consecutive World Series starts, died of cancer in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska; he was 84 years old.
Today’s Birthdays: Retired MLB star Maury Wills is 89. Film critic Rex Reed is 83 years old. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 76 years old. Cajun / country singer Jo-el Sonnier (sahn-YAY ‘) is 75 years old. Actor Avery Brooks is 73 years old. Fashion designer Donna Karan (KA’-ruhn) is 73 years old. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 72 years old. Rock musician Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics) is 71 years old. Singer-actor Sting is 70 years old. Actor Robin Riker is 69 years old. Actor Lorraine Bracco is 67 years old. Country musician Greg Jennings (Restless Heart) is 67 years old. Rock singer Phil Oakey (The Human League) is 66 years old. R&B singer Freddie Jackson is 65. Singer-producer Robbie Nevil is 63 years old. Retro-soul singer James Hunter is 59 years old. Rock musician Bud Gaugh (Sublime, Eyes Adrift) is 54 years old. Folk-country singer Gillian Welch is 54 years old. Country singer Kelly Willis is 53 years old. Actor Joey Slotnick is 53 years old. R&B singer Dion Allen (Az Yet) is 51 years old. Host Kelly Ripa (TV: “Live with Kelly and Ryan”) is 51 years old. Rock musician Jim Root (AKA # 4 Slipknot) is 50 years old. Singer Tiffany is 50 years old. Rock singer Len e Nystrom is 48 years old. Actor Efren Ramirez is 48 years old. R&B singer LaTocha Scott (Xscape) is 49 Gospel singer Mandisa (TV: “American Idol”) is 45. Actress Brianna Brown is 42 years old. Rock musician Mike Rodden (Hinder) is 39 years old. Former tennis player Marion Bartoli is 37 years old. Actor Christopher Larkin is 34 years old. Rock singer Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) is 33. Actress Samantha Barks is 31 years old. Actress Elizabeth McLaughlin is 28.