Today's Holidays for October 2
Guardian Angels Day Commemorating the angels who protect us from spiritual and physical harm.
Today's History Trivia for October 2
1985 First Major Celebrity to Die of AIDS Movie star Rock Hudson dies of complications of AIDS. He was also one of the first major public figures to announce they had AIDS.
1954 Elvis Presley Told, "Go Back to Driving Trucks" The King makes his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Not impressed, the Opry talent manager Jim Denny suggested he go back to driving trucks. Elvis vowed to never again play at the Grand Ole Opry.
1967 First Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is sworn in.
1961 Ben Casey debuts on ABC.
1959 The Twilight Zone debuts on CBS, starring Rod Serling as its narrator and host.
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents debuts on CBS.
1942 The Queen Mary rams and sinks a British cruiser 338 people aboard the cruiser were killed.
1889 First Pan-American Conference in Washington D.C.
Today's Birthdays for October 2
1971 Tiffany (Tiffany Darwish), American singer. Music: I Think We're Alone Now (1987, #1).
1951 Sting (Gordon Sumner), British Grammy-winning singer, actor, with The Police (1977-84). Music: Roxanne (1978), Message In A Bottle (1979, #1), Every Breath You Take (1983, #1).
1945 Don McLean American singer. Music: American Pie (1971).
1938 Rex Reed American movie critic.
1929 Moses Gunn d. 1993 American actor. TV: Father Murphy (Moses Gage) and Roots (Kintango).
1928 Spanky McFarland d. 1993 (George McFarland), American actor. Film: The Little Rascals (Spanky). He appeared in 95 Our Gang films.
1897 Bud Abbott d. 1974 (William Alexander Abbott), American comedian, Costello's partner.
1890 Groucho Marx d. 1977 (Julius Marx), American comedian, cigar-smoking Marx Brother and host of TV's You Bet Your Life.
1871 Cordell Hull d. 1955 American statesman, Nobel Peace Prize winner (1945). He served in both houses of Congress and as secretary of state (1933-44). He is noted for his contributions to the establishment of the United Nations.
1869 Mahatma Gandhi d. 1948 (Mohandas Karamchand), Indian political, spiritual, and civil rights leader. He gained world honor for his advocacy of nonviolence.
1452 Richard III d. 1485 King of England (1483-85). He was killed in battle with Henry Tudor after being deserted by his key nobleman.
Deaths for October 2
1985 Rock Hudson b. 1925 (Roy Scherer Jr.), American actor. Film: Giant (1956) and Pillow Talk (1959). TV: McMillan and Wife (1971-77, McMillan). He was one of the first major public figures to announce they had AIDS and was the first major celebrity to die of the disease.
1780 John André b. 1750 British officer. He assisted Benedict Arnold in the failed attempt to surrender West Point, New York to the British during the American Revolution. He was caught by the Continental Army and hanged as a spy.
2017 Tom Petty b. 1950 American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He sold more than 80 million records worldwide. Music: Refugee (1980) and You Got Lucky (1982).
2005 Nipsey Russell b. 1918 American comic actor. Frequent TV game show panelist, known for his poems. Film: The Wiz (1978, Tin Man).
1998 Gene Autry b. 1907 American actor, the singing cowboy. He wrote and recorded more than 200 songs.
1987 Sir Peter Brian Medawar b. 1915 British Nobel-winning medical scientist. He was co-winner of a 1960 Nobel Prize for his work on skin grafting.
1973 Paul Hartman b. 1904 American actor. TV: The Andy Griffith Show (Emmett the fix-it man).
1940 Freelan O. Stanley b. 1849 American automaker. He and his twin brother formed the Stanley Steamer Co. (1897-1924), which produced steam-powered automobiles.
1931 Sir Thomas Johnstone Lipton b. 1850 British tea maker, yachtsman. He began his tea empire in 1871 with a single provision shop in Glasgow.
1928 Clarence Walker Barron b. 1855 American financial editor, Barron's Financial Weekly (1921-28).
1872 Francis Lieber b. 1800 German-born American historian, political economist. Creator and first editor of the Encyclopaedia Americana (1829-33). He created the Lieber Code during the American Civil War (1863, aka Code for the Government of Armies in the Field). The Lieber Code is considered the first document to comprehensively outline rules regulating the conduct of war, and laid the foundation for the Geneva Conventions.
1850 Robert Gibbon Johnson b. 1771 American horticulturist. According to legend, he ate a tomato in front of the Salem, New Jersey courthouse, shocking onlookers and proving that they were not poisonous as generally believed. A woman screamed fainted of the sight of him eating the "poisonous" tomato.
1803 Samuel Adams b. 1722 American patriot, one of the leaders of the Boston Tea Party (1773), signer of the Declaration of Independence, and governor of Massachusetts (1794-97).
1264 Urban IV b. ???? French-born religious leader, 182nd Pope (1261-64).