This day in history

Today is Monday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2017. There are 90 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys singer Leon Rausch is 90. Retired MLB All-Star Maury Wills is 85. Movie critic Rex Reed is 79. Singer-songwriter Don McLean is 72. Fashion designer Donna Karan is 69. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is 68. Singer-bassist Sting is 66. Actress Lorraine Bracco is 63. Rhythm-and-blues singer Freddie Jackson is 61. Retro-soul singer James Hunter is 55. Folk singer Gillian Welch is 50. Talk show host Kelly Ripa Singer Tiffany is 46. Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard is 29.

In 1780, British spy John Andre was hanged in Tappan, New York, during the Revolutionary War.


In 1835, the first battle of the Texas Revolution took place as American settlers fought Mexican soldiers near the Guadalupe River; the Mexicans withdrew.

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In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a serious stroke at the White House that left him paralyzed on his left side.

In 1939, the Benny Goodman Sextet (which included Lionel Hampton) made its first recording, ‘‘Flying Home,’’ for Columbia.

In 1941, during World War II, German armies launched an all-out drive against Moscow; Soviet forces succeeded in holding onto their capital.

In 1944, German troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which a quarter of a million people had been killed.


In 1950, the comic strip ‘‘Peanuts,’’ created by Charles M. Schulz, was syndicated to seven newspapers.

In 1959, Rod Serling’s ‘‘The Twilight Zone’’ made its debut on CBS-TV with the episode ‘‘Where Is Everybody?’’ starring Earl Holliman.

In 2002, sniper attacks began in the Washington, D.C.-area, setting off a frantic manhunt lasting three weeks. (John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were finally arrested for 10 killings and three woundings; Muhammad was executed in 2009; Malvo was sentenced to life in prison.)

In 2016, Colombians rejected a peace deal with leftist rebels by a razor-thin margin in a national referendum, scuttling years of painstaking negotiations and delivering a stunning setback to President Juan Manuel Santos. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully signed off for the last time, ending 67 years behind the mic for the Dodgers, as he called the team’s 7-1 loss to the Giants in San Francisco.