spotlight Today in history: Oct. 2 Oct 2, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1944: Warsaw Uprising In 1944, German troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people had been killed. AP 1950: Charles M. Schulz In 1950, the comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers. BEN MARGOT 1967: Thurgood Marshall On Oct. 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court as the court opened its new term. Bob Schutz 1970: Wichita State football team tragedy In 1970, one of two chartered twin-engine planes flying the Wichita State University football team to Utah crashed into a mountain near Silver Plume, Colorado, killing 31 of the 40 people on board. FRE 1985: Rock Hudson In 1985, actor Rock Hudson, 59, died at his home in Beverly Hills, California, after battling AIDS. AP 2002: D.C.-area sniper attacks In 2002, the Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks began, setting off a frantic manhunt lasting three weeks. (John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were finally arrested for killing 10 people and wounding three others; Muhammad was executed in 2009; Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.) EVAN VUCCI 2005: August Wilson In 2005, playwright August Wilson died in Seattle at age 60. ASSOCIATED PRESS 2005: Ethan Allen In 2005, a tour boat, the Ethan Allen, capsized on New York's Lake George, killing 20 elderly passengers. MARY ALTAFFER 2009: Michael David Barrett Ten years ago: A man accused of stalking ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and secretly videotaping her inside her hotel room was arrested at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. (Michael David Barrett later pleaded guilty to interstate stalking and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison.) Mike Green 2009: Olympic Committee Rio de Janeiro Ten years ago: The International Olympic Committee, meeting in Copenhagen, chose Rio de Janeiro to be the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics; Chicago was eliminated in the first round, despite a last-minute in-person appeal by President Barack Obama. Charles Dharapak 2013: AEG Live In 2013, a jury in Los Angeles cleared a concert promoter of negligence, rejecting a lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's mother claiming AEG Live had been negligent in hiring Conrad Murray, the doctor who killed the pop star with an overdose of a hospital anesthetic. Jae C. Hong 2014: Barack Obama Five years ago: President Barack Obama acknowledged his pivotal role in the midterm political campaign, arguing in a speech at Northwestern University that the November congressional elections were a referendum on his economic policies and blaming Republicans for blocking his efforts to boost wages and create more jobs. Nam Y. Huh 2014: Hong Kong Protest Five years ago: Hong Kong's embattled leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, refused demands by pro-democracy protesters to step down. Wong Maye-E 2017: Tom Petty In 2017, rock superstar Tom Petty died at a Los Angeles hospital at the age of 66, a day after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, California. Chris Pizzello 2018: Amazon minimum wage One year ago: Amazon announced a minimum wage of $15 an hour for its U.S. employees. (Some longtime workers said the higher pay wouldn't make up for benefits they were losing.) Patrick Semansky 2018: Donald Trump One year ago: President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi by mocking Christine Blasey Ford over her claim that she had been sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago; Trump also said it's a "very scary time for young men in America" who could be considered guilty based on an accusation. Evan Vucci 2018: New York Times One year ago: The New York Times reported that Trump had received at least $413 million from his father over the decades, much of it through dubious tax dodges including outright fraud; a lawyer for Trump told the Times that there was no "fraud or tax evasion." Mark Lennihan Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. 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