Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sunday, October 2

This Day In History

  • 1835   The first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers defeated a Mexican cavalry near the Guadalupe River.
  • 1869   Political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India.
  • 1890   Comedian Groucho Marx was born in New York.
  • 1919   President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.
  • 1937   Ronald Reagan, just 26 years old, made his acting debut with the Warner Brothers release of "Love is in the Air".
  • 1941   German armies began an all-out drive against Moscow.
  • 1944   Nazi troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which 250,000 people were killed.
  • 1950   The comic strip ''Peanuts'' by Charles M. Schulz was first published.
  • 1958   The former French colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaimed its independence.
  • 1967   Thurgood Marshall, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was sworn in as associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice and served until his retirement on June 27, 1991, at the age of 82. He had served in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1961-1965) and as U.S. Solicitor General (1965-1967). Justice Marshall died on January 24, 1993.
  • 1985   Actor Rock Hudson died at age 59 after a battle with AIDS.
  • 1990   The Senate voted 90-9 to confirm the nomination of Judge David H. Souter to the Supreme Court.
  • 1996   Mark Fuhrman was given three years' probation and fined $200 after pleading no contest to perjury for denying at O.J. Simpson's criminal trial that he had used a racial slur.
  • 1998   Gene Autry, Hollywood's singing cowboy, died at age 91.
  • 2002   A man was shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Md., the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area, that left 10 dead.
Happy Birthday To
  • 1869   Mahatma (Mohandas) Gandhi (political and spiritual leader: India; died Jan 30, 1948)
  • 1890   Groucho (Julius Henry) Marx (“The one, the only, Groucho.”: TV host: You Bet Your Life; comedian, actor: one of the Marx Brothers of vaudeville and film fame: Animal Crackers, A Day at the Races, Duck Soup, Horse Feathers, The Cocoanuts, Monkey Business; died Aug 19, 1977)
  • 1896   (William Alexander) Bud Abbott (comedian, actor:: Abbott of Abbott & Costello; Who’s on First?, The Abbott & Costello Show; died Apr 24, 1974)
  • 1928   (George Emmett) ‘Spanky’ McFarland (actor: Little Rascals series, Our Gang comedies; died June 30, 1993)
  • 1938   Rex Reed (movie critic; actor: Myra Breckenridge)

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