This Day in History on 2 October

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam.

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 2 October. The students can refer to them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • Gandhi Jayanti
  • The International Day of Non-Violence: is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement.

Important Events

1912: Gopal Krishna Gokhale, at the invitation of Gandhi, arrives in South Africa on a 26-day tour; he also visits Tolstoy Farm.

1954: Former French possession of Chandernagore made part of West Bengal, India.

1986: Sikhs attempt to assassinate Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi

Birth/Birth Anniversary

1866: Swami Abhedananda was a direct disciple of the 19th century mystic Ramakrishna Paramahansa and the founder of Ramakrishna Vedanta Math.

1869: Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist.

Lal Bahadur Shastri
Lal Bahadur Shastri

1889: Sisir Bhaduri was a stage actor and theatre founder.

1900: Leela Roy was a progressive leftist and feminist Indian politician and reformer.

1904: Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian academic and politician, 2nd Prime Minister of India (d. 1966)

Budhi Kunderan
Budhi Kunderan

1939: Budhi Kunderan, Indian cricketer (d. 2006)

1948: Persis Khambatta, Indian model and actress, Femina Miss India 1965 (d. 1998)

1942: Asha Parekh, Indian film actress, director, and producer who appeared in many commercially successful films throughout her career.

Persis Khambatta, Indian model and actress
Persis Khambatta, Indian model and actress

1966: Kay Kay Menon, Indian film, stage and television actor who works in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Marathi and Telugu cinema.

1968: Rohit Roy, Indian television and film actor.

1987: Hina Khan, Indian television and film actress.

1987: Zohmingliana Ralte, Indian professional footballer who plays primarily as a defender for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League.

1993: Prachi Tehlan, Indian netball and basketball player, and an actress.

1924: Tapan Sinha was an Indian film director of his time forming a legendary quartet with Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen.

K. Kamaraj, Indian lawyer
K. Kamaraj, Indian lawyer

Death/ Death Anniversary

1906: Raja Ravi Varma was a celebrated Indian painter and artist.

1975: K. Kamaraj, Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1903)

1982: Muktananda was the founder of Siddha Yoga.

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History