On this day: October 2

POSTED: 10:23 PM PDT Oct 01, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 01, 2015 

Charles Darwin returns home, Gandhi is born, "Peanuts" is published for the first time, Thurgood Marshall becomes the first black justice on the Supreme Court, and the Beltway sniper attacks begin, all on this day.

OTD October 2 - Beltway sniper
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2002: A man is shot and killed in a grocery store parking lot in Wheaton, Maryland, becoming the first victim in a series of sniper attacks in the Washington, D.C., area, that would leave 10 dead and three critically injured over three weeks. It was later discovered that the rampage was perpetrated by John Allen Muhammad with the assistance of 17-year-old Lee Boyd Malvo. Muhammad would eventually be sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection on Nov. 10, 2009, while Malvo was sentenced to a total of eight life sentences without the possibility of parole.


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