Today is Oct. 2.
On this date in 2001, NATO told the United States it had made its case for military help in its war on terrorism. NATO said the U.S. had shown sufficient evidence that Osama bin Laden and his organization were responsible for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Hollywood mourned and the world woke up to a new health crisis on this date in 1985, when actor Rock Hudson died of AIDS. The movie star had been a popular leading man in the 1950s and '60s. His illness opened people's eyes to the growing AIDS epidemic.
American Revolutionary War General-turned-turncoat Benedict Arnold may have escaped after selling us out to the British, but not everyone did. On this date in 1780, British spy Major John Andre was convicted in connection with Arnold's treason and was hanged in Tappan, N.Y.
Indian political leader and spiritual leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, was born on this date in 1869. Gandhi achieved world honor for his advocacy of nonviolent resistance against tyranny. He was assassinated in the garden of his home in New Delhi on Jan. 30, 1948.
It was on this date in 1984 that Richard Miller became the only FBI agent ever to be charged with espionage. He was convicted two years later of passing government secrets to the Soviet Union through his Russian lover.
And this is the birthday of Charlie Brown and Snoopy. On this date in 1950, the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz was published for the first time. Schulz announced his retirement in late 1999 and died Feb. 12, 2000 -- one day before his final original Sunday strip was published. "Peanuts" still runs in newspapers worldwide.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.