This Day in History: Oct. 2

'Peanuts' is syndicated; Rock Hudson becomes the first major celebrity to die from AIDS

On this day, Oct. 2 ...

1950: The comic strip "Peanuts," created by Charles M. Schulz, is syndicated to seven newspapers.

Also on this day:

  • 1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffers a serious stroke at the White House that leaves him paralyzed on his left side.
  • 1967: Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • 1971: "Soul Train" premieres in national syndication.
  • 1984: Richard W. Miller becomes the first FBI agent to be arrested and charged with espionage. (Miller would be tried three times and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He would be released after nine years.)


  • 1985: Rock Hudson dies at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., after battling AIDS.
  • 2002: The Washington, D.C.-area sniper attacks begin, setting off a three-week manhunt. (John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo ultimately would be arrested for killing 10 people and wounding three others.)       
  • 2009: A man accused of stalking ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and secretly videotaping her inside her hotel room is arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. (Michael David Barrett would plead guilty to interstate stalking and be sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison.)                                                                                                                                                
Singer Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Singer Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Reuters)

  • 2017: Rock star Tom Petty dies at a Los Angeles hospital at age 66, a day after suffering cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu, Calif.