October 2 in Pop Culture History

October 2nd History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

October 2nd History Highlights

  • 1789 – The United States Bill of Rights was sent to the 13 States for ratification.
  • 1967 – Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first African-American justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • 1972 – (fiction) – Phileas Fogg places his wager of 20 thousand pounds that he could travel Around the World in 80 Days.
  • 1950 – The Peanuts comic strip, by Charles Schulz, debuted
  • October 2 Birthday (fictional) Snoopy, Peanuts
  • If you were born on October 2nd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… January 9th (same year)

Nat Turner’s Rebellion

Nat Turner was an American slave who led the movement against slavery in the United States during the Civil War and died on November 11, 1831, in Jerusalem, Virginia. Nat Turner was born a slave in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of a black man and a white woman.

A deeply religious man, Nat Turner believed that he was called by God to lead African-Americans out of slavery. Turner was a lay minister, who believed that God had called him to help lead black people out of bondage, began to lead a slave revolt in his master’s house. In August 1831, he led a slave revolt in Virginia that killed 60 whites, including his owner, Joseph Travis. The revolt and its consequences are said to have been the largest slave revolt in the history of the USA and one of the most successful slave revolts in history. Nat Turner, who was born into slavery in Southampton County, Virginia, first escaped from his master’s house in 1821 at the age of 21.

The Southampton Insurrection took place in Southampton County, Virginia, in August 1831, led by Nat Turner. The insurrectionists killed between 55 and 65 people, primarily whites. The rebellion was put down within a few days. The rebellion was effectively suppressed at Belmont Plantation on the morning of August 23, 1831. Turner was arrested, imprisoned, tried, sentenced, and sentenced to death on November 5, 1831, for his role in the slave revolt against the plantation owner.

For African Americans, Nat Turner has become, and remains, one of the most important figures in the history of civil rights. Nat Turner is widely regarded as a key figure in American history.

October 2nd is…

Feast of Guardian Angels Day
French Fried Scallops Day
Day of Non-Violence
Fried Scallops Day
Phileas Fogg Wager Day
World Farm Animals Day
World No Alcohol Day
World Smile Day

October 2nd Birthday Quotes

“Good communication is the bridge between confusion and clarity.”
– Nat Turner

“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.”
– Annie Leibovitz

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

“A memoir takes some particular threads, some incidents, some experience from a person’s life and gives an account of it.”
– Richard Hell

“Be sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.”
– Carlo Borromeo

“I decided honestly that comic art is an art form in itself. It reflects the life and times more accurately and actually is more artistic than magazine illustration – since it is entirely creative. An illustrator works with camera and models; a comic artist begins with a white sheet of paper and dreams up his own business – he is playwright, director, editor, and artist at once.”
– Alex Raymond

October 2nd Birthdays

1538 – Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal and saint (died in 1584)
1800 – Nat Turner, American slave and uprising leader (died in 1831)
1869 – Mahatma Gandhi, Indian freedom fighter and philosopher (died in 1948)
1890 – Groucho Marx, American comedian, and actor (died in 1977)
1897 – Bud Abbott, American comedian (died in 1974)
1909 – Alex Raymond, American cartoonist, creator of Flash Gordon (died in 1956)
1928 – George ‘Spanky’ McFarland, American actor (died in 1993)
1937 – Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (died in 2005)
1938 – Rex Reed, American film critic
1945 – Don McLean, American singer-songwriter
1948 – Avery Brooks, American actor
1949 – Richard Hell, American singer-songwriter
1949 – Annie Leibovitz, American photographer
1950 – Mike Rutherford, English guitarist, and songwriter
1951 – Sting, English singer-songwriter, bass player, and actor
1954 – Lorraine Bracco, American actress
1969 – Mitch English, American talk show host
1970 – Kelly Ripa, American actress, and talk show host

October 2nd History

1187 – Saladin captured Jerusalem from Balian of Ibelin.

October 2, 1872 (fiction) Phileas Fogg began his trip around the world, Around the World in 80 Days, Book

1893 – Cheniere Caminada Hurricane, Louisiana

1950 – Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz was first published.

October 2 Birthday (fictional) Snoopy, Peanuts

1955Alfred Hitchcock premiered on CBS

1958 – The Huckleberry Hound Show premiered, in syndication

1959 – The anthology series The Twilight Zone premiered on CBS.

1965 – #1 Hit October 2, 1965 – October 8, 1965: The McCoys – Hang On Sloopy

1968 – The Tlatelolco massacre took place in Mexico City. 30-300 student protesters and supporters were killed.

1968 – The Redwood National Park was established in California.

1971 – #1 Hit October 2, 1971 – November 5, 1971: Rod Stewart – Maggie May / Reason to Believe

1982 – #1 Hit October 2, 1982 – October 29, 1982: John Cougar – Jack and Diane

2000 – Triple Play (3 cars) was played for the first time on The Price is Right.

2002 – The Beltway sniper attacks began. Paul LaRuffa, a 55-year-old pizzeria owner, was shot six times at close range – he survived, but 17 other people did not.

2006 – Five school girls were murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in a shooting at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania

2010 – #1 Hit October 2, 2010 – October 29, 2010: Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The state of Michigan is only 58% land, with the other 42% being comprised of bodies of water.

7 authors have had a book hit #1 on both the New York Times Fiction and Non-Fiction Best Sellers list: John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Mitch Albom, William Styron, Irving Wallace, Dr. Seuss, and Jimmy Buffett.

Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

The difference between a cemetery and a graveyard is cemeteries are considered burial grounds while the older term graveyards is considered burial grounds attached to a church.

“give them an inch and they’ll take a mile” USED to be “give them an inch and they’ll take an ell”: an “ell” was a unit of measurement equal to about 37 inches

The Capital of Kyrgyzstan is Bishkek

Glass has been recycled for almost 3,000 years. It never wears out as a raw material.

I imagine that once computers develop genuine self-awareness they’ll also develop existential angst, insecurity, neurosis, low self-esteem, and generalized anxiety.

A group of Herons is called a Sedge or Siege or Hedge.

TV Quotes… “Say good night, Gracie” (George Burns) on “The Burns & Allen Show”

Rotten Tomatoes is owned by Warner Bros.

The language spoken in the last three lines of The Beatles’ “Sun King,” is actually nonsense. It is a mixture of faux-romance words that “sounded vaguely like something.”

Chipotle is not its own type of chile, it’s actually smoke-dried jalapeño.

More Pop Culture History Resources