On This Day In History, 2 October

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World Events Today

  • According to the novel Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne, Phileas Fogg set out on his journey today in 1872
  • HMS Holland 1, the first submarine commissioned by the Royal Navy, was launched today in 1901
  • The International Olympic Committee, the IOC, awarded the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro today in 2009

Entertainment Events Today

  • The epic war movie The Bridge on the River Kwai was released in the United Kingdom today in 1957, it went on to win 7 Academy Awards
  • The American spy thriller television series Homeland, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, aired for the first time today in 2001
  • What’s the Story Morning Glory, the second studio album by the English rock band Oasis, was released today in 1995, it included the hit singles Champagne Supernova and Wonderwall

Family Events Today

  • Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who led the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule, was born today in 1869
  • Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE, better known as the English musician Sting, was born today in 1951 in Northumberland
  • The American singer-songwriter Don McLean, best known for the hit single American Pie, was born today in 1945 in New Rochelle, New York

Main Event Today

  • After 2 months of fighting by the Polish resistance movement, the Warsaw Uprising ended today in 1944, it was the single largest military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Name Your Car Day

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