On this day: October 2

POSTED: 10:23 PM PDT Oct 01, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Oct 01, 2013 

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 - Paavo Nurmi
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1973: Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi, who dominated distance running in the early 20th century, dies from multiple complications of atherosclerosis at age 76 in Helsinki, Finland. Nurmi set 22 official world records at distances between 1,500 meters and 20 kilometers, and won a total of nine gold and three silver medals in his 12 events in the Olympic Games in 1920, 1924 and 1928.

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