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 - Charles Darwin
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1836: Charles Darwin returns to England after five years of acquiring knowledge around the world about fauna, flora, wildlife and geology aboard the HMS Beagle. He would use the information to develop his "theory of evolution," which he detailed in his 1859 book "The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection."


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