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1944 : The Warsaw Uprising ends when the few surviving Polish rebels surrender to German forces.
1974 : New studies in America by Dr. Robert Heath of Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans. have revealed that smoking cannabis can cause brain damage. Cannabis or marijuana is in common use in the US with an estimated one in every eight Americans 25 million people who have smoked the drug.
1928 : 3,000 cups of Opium with a street value in excess of $1,500,000 have been seized from the Dollar Liner Steamer , President Harrison at Jersey City docks and a number of crew including the captain have been charged with attempted smuggling. This is the largest single haul of smoking Opium ever made at a US port.
1933 : President Roosevelt has asked the NRA to reduce codal hours to 30 to increase the number of jobs available and share the work and the wages more evenly.
1942 : The Russian red army is fighting back house to house fighting in Stalingrad as part of a counterattack, this is coupled with Soviet offensives outside of the city and an increased presence of aircraft who are having greater success at shooting down German aircraft.
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1949 : 500,000 CIO Steel workers have closed down the nations foundries, steel and Iron mills demanding pensions and better working conditions and wages, they now join the 400,000 coal miners on strike bringing the total on strike to nearly one million workers.
1962 : Johnny Carson premiered as the new host of The Tonight Show.
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1963 : Hurricane Flora a massive storm kills 6,000 in Haiti, Cuba, Trinidad, and Tobago, Grenada, This was one of the worst storms on record for deaths and damage.
1967 : Thurgood Marshall took the oath of office to become the first African American member of the US Supreme Court.
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1968 : More than 25 people have been killed during a vicious gun battle in Mexico where Student riots threaten Mexico Olympics. Thousands of students had gathered to protest against the military occupation of the National Polytechnic Institute.
1968 : The first set of sextuplets born in Britain came as a result of a new fertility drug given to a new 30 year old mother after 10 years of trying to have a baby. One of the babies died shortly after birth but the other five are doing well at Birmingham Maternity Hospital.
October 2nd, 1971 : Strikes By Miners and longshoremen cause docks and mines to close throughout the US with 140,000 on strike.
1974 : A new study has shown that the use of marijuana long term can kill human brain cells and causing personality disorders.
October 2nd, 1976 : Hurricane Liza strikes at La Paz, Mexico leaving many hundreds dead and many thousand homeless as the hurricane breached the Cajoncito River.
1983 : Following a terrible showing in the spring general elections Neil Kinnock is elected as the new leader of the Labour Party.
October 2nd, 1985 : In London and Liverpool gangs of black youths are continuing to fight with local police forces and rioting in areas where racial tension is at it's worst. The youths are making gasoline bombs which they are then using to firebomb shops in these areas.
1985 : The actor Rock Hudson died in his sleep, he had been suffering from the AIDS virus.
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October 2nd, 1993 : Hard Line Pro Communist demonstrators fought running battles with security forces loyal to President Boris Yeltsin in Moscow. Many of the old style communists are unhappy with Yeltsin and his free market reforms.
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2000 : As the court battles continue over Napster breaking copyright laws, fans of the free music download service are asking can Napster survive the current onslaught. The Recording Industry Association of America is pressing on in the courts against Napster and against the owners of the individual nodes where most of the music is stored. Napster is a peer to peer music download service.
2002 : The first victim of the sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area, is shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot. The sniper was caught after 10 people are killed.
2005 : The Ethan Allen capsizes on Lake George in upstate New York while on a pleasure cruise and twenty elderly passengers die.
October 2nd, 2005 : The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed 757 lawsuits against people for illegally sharing music online. Most are for those who used peer-to-peer file-sharing networks such as eDonkey and LimeWire to exchange music files. And 64 are against students at 17 different universities who used the peer-to-peer file sharing program called i2hub.
2006 : Charles Carl Roberts enters a one room Amish West Nickel Miles School, takes a number of hostages and kills four girls before committing suicide.
2006 : Doctors Craig Mello and Andrew Fire were awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine. The two genetics specialists pioneered research on RNA interference, and brought greater insight into gene expression.
2007 : Pop singer, Britney Spears, is ordered to give her children to her ex-husband Kevin Federline, after a judge orders her to submit to alcohol and drug testing and give up her joint custody privileges.
October 2nd, 2008 : The US Senate has approved a $700bn Bailout For the Finance Industry which will allow the US Government to buy toxic devalued assets from struggling firms to help kick-start the economy, these include troubled mortgage loans. In addition the bill Raises government's guarantee on savings from $100,000 to $250,000. The bill will now go to the US House of Representatives.
2009 : The 2016 Summer Olympics are awarded to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the shortlist came down to Chicago - U.S.A. , Madrid - Spain, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil, and Tokyo - Japan. Many were shocked after Chicago is eliminated after the first and second rounds of voting and does not make the final two.
October 2nd, 2011 : Over 700 protesters were arrested while trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The protesters were part of the Occupy Wall Street movement and had been returning to their camp when they encountered police. Police forces claimed that they started arresting people who refused to walk on the pedestrian walkway, while protesters claim that they had been allowed onto the road by police who then surrounded them.
2012 : A judge in Pennsylvania blocked a law in the state that would have required voters to show a valid ID for the upcoming November 4th election. The judge, however, did not block the law from being implemented in future elections.
2013 : The US and South Korea sign a military pact meant to deter the increasingly aggressive North Korea. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel along with South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin signed the pact in Seoul.
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Born: 2nd October 1951, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, Wallsend, England
Known For : Sting was the lead singer and bassist of the rock band The Police before launching a solo career, as a solo artist he has numerous Grammy Awards and a number of chart singles and albums in the UK, US and around the world.
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Born: 2nd October 1945
Known For : Donald McLean is an American Folk rock singer songwriter best known for his number one hit American Pie in 1971, a track from the American Pie album which he dedicated to the great Buddy Holly who had died in a plane crash in 1959.
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