Today In History: Charlie Brown… Sting… The Twilight Zone… Rock Hudson… Ghandi… Groucho

This day, October 2, 2012 in history:

1869: Political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India.

1890: Comedian Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx was born in New York.

1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed.

1944: Nazi troops crushed the two-month-old Warsaw Uprising, during which 250,000 people were killed.

1950: The comic strip “Peanuts”, sometimes simply known as “Charlie Brown”, by Charles M. Schulz was first published.

1958: The former French colony of Guinea in West Africa proclaimed its independence.

1959: “The Twilight Zone” debuted on CBS.

1985: Actor Rock Hudson died at age 59 after a battle with AIDS.

1990: The Senate voted 90-9 to confirm Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter.

2000: The International Space Station got its first residents as an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts arrived aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule for a four-month stay.

2002: A man was shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Md., the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C. area that left 10 dead.

2006: A man took a group of girls hostage in an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., killing five and wounding five others before committing suicide.

Notable Birthdays Today:

Tiffany (Late 80’s pop singer, noted for “Could’ve Been”, “I Think We’re Alone Now”) turns 41.

Kelly Ripa (TV personality known for “All My Children” and “Live with Kelly & Michael”) turns 42.

Lorraine Bracco (Actress known as Dr. Melfi on “Sopranos” and Karen Hill on “Goodfellas”) turns 58.

Gordon “Sting” Sumner (Legendary vocalist and member of classic rock group, The Police) turns 61.

Mike Rutherford (Rock guitarist/bassist of the legendary rock band, Genesis) turns 62.

Don McLean (Musician most noted for the 70’s classic rock track, “American Pie”) turns 67.

Rex Reed (Famed TV and movie critic) turns 74.