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On this day: October 2

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

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 - 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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