Thursday, the 2nd of October, 2014 is the 275th day in 2014 and in the 40th calendar week.
General Events:
International Day of Non-Violence
October 2, 2014 in the World
International Day of Non-Violence is observed on October 02, 2014. The International Day of Non-Violence is observed on the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as Gandhi Jayanti. In 2004, Iranian Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi had taken a proposal for an International Day of Non-Violence from a Hindi teacher in Paris teaching international students to the World Social Forum in Bombay.
The idea gradually attracted the interest of some leaders of India’s Congress Party until a Satyagraha Conference resolution in New Delhi in January 2007 initiated by Sonia Gandhi and Archbishop Desmond Tutu called upon the United Nations to adopt the idea. On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.
The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to commemorate 2 October in “an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness.”
International Day of Non-Violence (Background):

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Gandhi Jayanti
October 2, 2014 in India
Gandhi Jayanti takes place on October 02, 2014. Gandhi Jayanti is a national holiday celebrated in India to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the “Father of the Nation”. The United Nations General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that October 2 will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2, every year and is one of the three official declared National Holidays of India and is observed in all its states and union territories. The other two are Independence Day (15 August) and Republic Day (26 January). The selling of alcohol is banned on all three days which are designated as Dry Days.
Where is Gandhi Jayanti?
Nationwide India
World Farm Animals Day
October 2, 2014 in the World
Farm animals are cute, and they also play an important role in modern society. Take some time to appreciate them this World Farm Animals Day. Created in memory of Ghandi, who believed in treating all living beings with respect, World Farm Animals Day was founded to highlight the poor conditions suffered by some farm animals, and promote awareness in the hope something may be done to improve their lives.
While World Farm Animals Day has an important, and sad, origin, in the sense it was created to raise awareness of suffering, it can be celebrated in different ways with children. Taking children for a visit to a farm is a great way to teach them about farm animals, and it’s a good chance to instil in them the message of treating animals with respect. Another great way to celebrate is by donating to an animal protection charity of your choice.
Where is World Farm Animals Day?
National Custodial Worker Day
October 2, 2014 in the USA
National Custodial Workers Day is today. Give your custodial worker a big thanks. At your school, church, place of employment, and a variety of other places, your custodial support are silently at work all year long. They are the workers who clean and keep in good repair, the facility that you enjoy. They seldom get recognition. They are usually in the background or “behind” the scene.
Take a minute on this day, to seek out custodial workers at your facility. Give them a big “TY” for all that they do to keep the facility sparkling and running like a top.
If you are a custodial worker, we wish you a very happy National Custodial Workers Day!
Where is National Custodial Worker Day?
Nationwide USA
Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day
October 2, 2014 in the World
What better day to celebrate the famous (and fictional!) 1872 wager that launched a (fictional) world-wide voyage:
“I will bet twenty thousand pounds against anyone who wishes, that I will make the tour of the world in eighty days or less….As today isWednesday, the second of October, I shall be due in London, in this very room of the Reform Club, on Saturday, the twenty-first of December, at a quarter before nine PM; or else the twenty thousand pounds . . . will belong to you.”
Circling the globe was impossible, a long time ago. Sailing ships made the feat possible, but it was rare and remarkable and time-consuming. It took years, not days, to do it. So, when Jules Verne wrote Around the World in Eighty Days in the late 1800s, such a feat did seem very science fiction.
Luckily, Jules Verne wrote science fiction! He had his main character, Phileas Fogg, travel by rail and steamship (and the occasional elephant, hot air balloon, etc.) from London to Egypt, then onto India, Hong Kong, Japan, San Francisco (California), New York City, and back to London. Do you think that Fogg gets back to London in time to make it to the room in the Reform Club on Saturday, December 21, at 8:45 p.m.?
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Historical Events on 2nd October:
1187 – Sultan Saladin captures Jerusalem from Crusaders
1263 – The battle of Largs fought between Norwegians and Scots.
1535 – Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal)
1552 – Conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible.
1608 – Hans Lippershey applies for patent for first known early telescope in the Netherlands
1789 – George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification.
1835 – Battle of Gonzales fought between Texan settlers and Mexican forces. First engagement of the Texas revolution
1866 – J Osterhoudt patents tin can with key opener
1895 – 1st cartoon comic strip is printed in a newspaper
1910 – 1st 2 aircraft collision (Milan Italy)
1923 – British occuping army leaves Constantinople
1924 – League of Nations approves protocols of Geneva
1936 – 1st alcohol power plant forms, Atchison, Kansas
1950 – 1st strip of Charlie Brown, “Li’l Folks”, later “Peanuts”, by Charles M. Schulz published in 9 papers
1958 – Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)
1959 – Rod Serling’s “Twilight Zone” premieres on CBS-TV
1963 – W German Chancellor Adenauer condemns western grain shipments to USSR
1968 – Mexico City police fire on protesting students, 300-500 killed
1968 – Republic Guinea forms (day of republic)
1978 – Syrian & Palestinians shoot in East Beirut, 1,300 killed
1986 – Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
1990 – Allies cede any remaining rights as occupiers of Germany
2001 – NATO backs US military strikes, following 9/11.