What Happened in October 1911

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 United Dutch Diamond workers get 8-hr day
  • Oct 4 1st escalator installed on the London Underground at Earl's Court Station
  • Oct 5 Italian troops occupy Tripoli
  • Oct 6 Beatrix van Rijk becomes 1st licensed Dutch woman pilot

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Oct 6 Cy Young's farewell appearance in a major league game is a letdown as he loses to Brooklyn 13-3 in a Braves uniform in his 906th game

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Oct 10 Sun Yat-sen's revolutionaries overthrow Manchus (Taiwan National Day)
  • Oct 10 The KCR East Rail commences service between Kowloon and Canton.

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Oct 10 Robert Borden becomes the 8th Prime Minister of Canada

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden

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Oct 11 Ty Cobb (AL) & Frank Schulte (NL) are 1st MVPs, each gets an auto

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Oct 14 Largest baseball crowd ever 38,281 (Polo Grounds) see Giants beat A's, 2-1 (gate is record $77,379)
  • Oct 19 Royal Mint in London sends dies for Canadian $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
  • Oct 20 Helen Hayes Theater (Folies Bergere) opens at 210 W 46th St NYC

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Oct 20 Norwegian Roald Amundsen sets out a race to the South Pole

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Oct 21 RS Hichens & M Hudsons "Garden of Allah" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union

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Oct 24 Captain Robert Falcon Scott's expedition leaves Cape Evans for South Pole

Polar Explorer Robert Scott
Polar Explorer
Robert Scott

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Oct 24 Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.

  • Oct 25 London's last horse drawn omnibus made its way from London Bridge Station to Moorgate
  • Oct 26 Philadelphia A's beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 8th World Series
  • Oct 28 Bill Dobbie of Calgary Tigers kicks 10 singles in a game
  • Oct 30 Clark Griffith is named manager of Wash Senators

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Edward P Boland, (Rep-D-MA, 1953- )
  • Oct 1 Irwin Kostal, orchestra leader (Garry Moore Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 1 Richard Torriani, Switzerland, took Olympic oath (1948)
  • Oct 2 Stuart Rose, designer (British Post Office)
  • Oct 2 Jack Finney, American author (d. 1995)
  • Oct 3 Michael Hordern, Hertfordshire England, actor (Friar Domingo-Shogun)
  • Oct 5 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (d. 1966)
  • Oct 7 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • Oct 7 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 7 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • Oct 9 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (d. 2006)
  • Oct 12 Louis M de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78)
  • Oct 12 Vijay Merchant, cricketer (all-time great Indian batsman)
  • Oct 12 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • Oct 13 Ticker Freeman, pianist (Dinah Shore Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Oct 13 Ashok Kumar, Indian actor (d. 2001)
  • Oct 14 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975)
  • Oct 15 James H[enry] Schmitz, Germany, sci-fi author (Lion Game)
  • Oct 19 George Cates, orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 19 Hilde Spiel, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 1990)
  • Oct 20 Will Rogers Jr, NY, actor (Down to Earth)
  • Oct 21 Peter Graves, English actor (Derby Day/Admirable Crichton), born in London, England
  • Oct 21 Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian/US composer (Creation) [NS=Nov 3]
  • Oct 24 Clarence M Kelley, FBI head
  • Oct 24 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • Oct 24 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian archbishop of Montreal (d. 1993)
  • Oct 24 Nathaniel Wyeth, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, USA, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle)

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Oct 26 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • Oct 26 Sid Gillman, NFL hall of fame coach/player (LA, San Diego, Houston), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oct 26 Sorley MacLean Somhairle MacChaluim, poet
  • Oct 27 Leif Erickson, California, actor (Invaders from Mars, On the Waterfront)
  • Oct 29 Phillip Jack Oppenheimer, diamond trader
  • Oct 30 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), born in Providence, Rode Island, (d. 2005)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Wilhelm Dilthey, Germ philosopher (Das Leben Schleiermans), dies at 77
  • Oct 5 Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer, dies at 58
  • Oct 7 John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist (b. 1835)
  • Oct 14 John Marshall Harlan, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1833)
  • Oct 29 Joseph Pulitzer, American newspaperman, dies in Charleston, SC