On this day: October 2

Published On: Oct 02 2012 01:23:04 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2014 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.

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1990: Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 is hijacked by a passenger seeking asylum in Taiwan. With fuel running low, the pilot attempted to land at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, but the hijacker wrestled the controls away, sending the jet crashing into two airliners on the ground and killing 132 people.


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