On this day: October 2

Published: Oct 02 2012 01:23:04 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

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OTD October 2 - John Andre
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1780: British Army Maj. John Andre is hanged as a spy in Tappan, N.Y., after being captured Sept. 23 carrying information about the plans of Benedict Arnold to surrender the fort at West Point, N.Y., to the British.

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