It happened today – this day in history – October 2

1187: Saladin captures Jerusalem from crusaders.

1452: Richard III is born in Fotheringay Castle.

1492: Henry VII invades France.

1789: George Washington sends the American Bill of Rights to the states for ratification.

1836: Charles Darwin returns to Britain after five years at sea.

1869: Birth of Mahatma Gandhi.

1871: Mormon leader Brigham Young is arrested for bigamy.

1901: The first Royal Navy submarine is launched at Barrow-in-Furness.

1919: US President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke which leaves him partially paralysed.

1935: The Italian army attacks Abyssinia.

1941: The Germans launch an attack on Moscow.

1958: Death of birth control pioneer Marie Stopes.

1968: Mexico City police open fire on protesting students, killing 300-500.

1972: Denmark votes to join the common market.1980: 38-year old Muhammad Ali comes out of retirement to challenge undefeated world champion Larry Holmes for the heavyweight title. A sluggish Ali is beaten so badly his corner throws in the towel after 10 rounds.

1984: Three cosmonauts return to earth after a record breaking 237 days in orbit.

1985: Death of film star Rock Hudson aged 59 from AIDS-related complications

1986: Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

1995: Oasis release their second album What’s The Story Morning Glory.

2002: Robbie Williams signed the most lucrative British record deal in history when he signed with EMI records for £80m.

2007: Britney Spears was ordered to hand over her two young children to her former husband Kevin Federline by a judge in Los Angeles.

2017: Death of musician Tom Petty

2018: Journalist Jamal Khashoggi is assassinated inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey,

BIRTHDAYS: Don McLean, singer/songwriter, 74; Sir Trevor Brooking, former footballer, 71; Annie Liebovitz, photographer, 70; Mike Rutherford, musician (Genesis/Mike & The Mechanics), 69; Sting (Gordon Sumner), musician 68; Jon Otway, musician, 67; Philip Oakey, singer (Human League), 64; Gillian Welch, singer/songwriter, 52; Victoria Derbyshire, broadcaster, 51; Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy), musician, 50; Kelly Ripa, US television host, 49; James Root, musician (Slipknot) 48; Simon Gregson, actor, 45; Brittany Howard, musician (Alabama Shakes), 31; Roberto Firmino, footballer (Liverpool and Brazil) 28.

Mick Ferris

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