On this day: October 2

Published On: Oct 02 2012 01:23:04 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2015 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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U.S. Navy

1942: The RMS Queen Mary accidentally sinks one of her escort ships, slicing through the light cruiser HMS Curacoa off the Irish coast with a loss of 239 lives. The Queen Mary, seen here in 1945 arriving in New York City, was carrying thousands of American troops of the 29th Infantry Division to join the Allied forces in Europe at the time.