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 - Woodrow Wilson
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1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffers a stroke, leaving him paralyzed on his left side and blind in his left eye. He would be confined to bed for weeks, then have to use a wheelchair and a cane to get around. With few exceptions, he was kept out of the presence of Vice President Thomas R. Marshall, his cabinet and Congressional visitors to the White House for the remainder of his term. Here he's seen in his first posed photograph after his stroke, taken from his right, non-paralyzed side with wife Edith holding a document steady while he signs. The full extent of his disability was kept from the public until after his death on Feb. 3, 1924.


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