What Happened in October 1916

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 Grover Cleveland Alexander records his 16th shutout of year
  • Oct 2 San Diego Zoo founded
  • Oct 4 Market Street's "Path of Gold" lit for 1st time

BattleBattle of Interest

Oct 5 Adolf Hitler is wounded in the left thigh by an exploding shell during the Battle of the Somme

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat Cumberland 222-0, the most lopsided score in the history of college football

Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John Heisman
Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach
John Heisman
  • Oct 7 The German submarine U-53 arrives off Newport, Rhode Island, and sinks 9 British merchant ships in international waters

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Babe Ruth begins 29 2/3 scoreless World Series innings

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 10 In Game 3, Charlie Ebbets becomes the 1st owner to raise the price of World Series grandstand seats to $5-up from $3
  • Oct 11 6th College Football Crab Bowl Classic; Navy beats Maryland 14-7 in College Park
  • Oct 12 Boston Red Sox beat Bkln Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 13th World Series
  • Oct 14 Sophomore tackle and guard Paul Robeson is excluded from the Rutgers football team when Washington and Lee University refused to play against a black person.
  • Oct 14 The Perm State University was founded in Russia.
  • Oct 16 Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson given $5,000 bonus

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic (46 Amboy St, Bkln)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Oct 16 T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia) meets with Fasal Hoessein

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Oct 17 Dutch women demonstrate for female suffrage
  • Oct 19 France extends formal recognition of the Provisional Government in Crete proclaimed Eleftherios Venizelos
  • Oct 24 Moroccan troops capture Ft Douaumont
  • Oct 26 Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
  • Oct 27 Battle of Segale: Negus Mikael, marching on the Ethiopian capital in support of his son Emperor Iyasus V, is defeated by Fitawrari abte Giyorgis, securing the throne for Empress Zauditu.
  • Oct 28 Australian government holds a national referendum seeking support for the proposal of compulsory conscription; it is rejected
  • Oct 31 Clare Kummer's "Good Gracious Annabelle" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Tibor Reich, textile designer
  • Oct 3 Angeles Alvarino Deleira, biologist/oceanographer/writer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 3 James Herriot [Alfred Wight], English veterinarian and novelist (All Creatures Great and Small), born in Sunderland, County Durham (d. 1995)

Novelist James Herriot
James Herriot
  • Oct 3 Shelby Storck, American television producer (d. 1969)
  • Oct 4 Owen Tudor Williams, civil engineer
  • Oct 4 George Sidney, American film director (d. 2002)
  • Oct 5 Douglas Ranger, surgeon
  • Oct 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer
  • Oct 7 Walt W Rostow, economist (Politics & Stages of Growth), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 8 Spark Matsunaga, (D-Ha-Sen)
  • Oct 10 Benson Fong, actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1987)
  • Oct 10 Scott Huston, composer
  • Oct 12 Alice Childress, American actress and playwright (d. 1994)
  • Oct 13 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone (Great-Broadcast chorus)
  • Oct 14 C Everett Koop, surgeon general (1981-89)
  • Oct 16 George Turner, Australian author (d. 1997)
  • Oct 17 Robert Lowery, actor (Murder Over NY), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 17 Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, composer
  • Oct 18 Peter Shepherd, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • Oct 19 David Lewis, actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 19 Emil Gilels, Odessa Russia, pianist (Brussels Competition-1938)
  • Oct 19 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Sweden, opera composer (Herr von Hancken)
  • Oct 19 Toby Rowland, theatrical manager
  • Oct 21 Andrea Checchi, Firenze Italy, actress (Attack & Retreat)
  • Oct 21 Tomojiro Ikenouchi, composer
  • Oct 22 Michael F Howard, British Major-General (Gold Stick to the Queen)
  • Oct 22 Sid Miller, Shenandoah Pa, actor (Donald O'Connor Texaco Show)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 26 Francois Mitterrand, 21st President of France (1981-1995), born in Jarnac, France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • Oct 27 Bob de Lange, [Jacob Bernard], Dutch actor/director (Daniel)
  • Oct 27 Kazimierz Brandys, writer
  • Oct 28 Jessie Kesson, Scottish writer and radio producer, born in Inverness (d. 1994)
  • Oct 30 Leon Day, American baseball player (d. 1995)
  • Oct 31 Carl Johan Bernadotte, formerly Prince of Sweden

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 9 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Cartoonist Rube Goldberg (33) weds Irma Seeman

Cartoonist Rube Goldberg
Rube Goldberg

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Benjamin Kidel, English sociologist (Social Evolution), dies at 58
  • Oct 16 Klaas/old stick Kater, christian worker's union leader, dies at 73
  • Oct 21 Karl von Storgkh, premier Austria, assassinated
  • Oct 28 Cleveland Abbe, American meteorologist (b. 1838)
  • Oct 28 Oswald Boelcke, German pilot (b. 1891)
  • Oct 30 Silas Gamaliel Pratt, composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 31 Charles Taze Russell, American founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1852)