What Happened in October 1924

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Fokker F-7 1st flight (Amsterdam to Batavia)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Oct 1 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 4 mile (19:15.4) & 5 mile (24:06.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 1 Landis bans Giants Jimmy O'Connell & Cozy Dolan from World Series after they admit an attempt to bribe Phils shortstop Heinie Sand
  • Oct 2 League of Nations approves protocols of Geneva
  • Oct 3 King Hussein of Hedzjaz abdicts throne
  • Oct 4 NY Giants become 1st team to appear in 4 consecutive World Series
  • Oct 5 1st Little Orphan Annie-strip appears in NYC Daily News
  • Oct 7 Greek government of Dikalekopoulis forms
  • Oct 8 British Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald falls to Conservatives
  • Oct 10 Washington Senators win their 1st World Series beat Giants in 7
  • Oct 12 Sokolnicheskaya Radio begins broadcasting from Moscow

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Oct 13 Mecca falls without struggle to Saudi forces led by Abdulaziz Ibn Saud

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Oct 14 Arnold Schoeberg's opera "Die Gluckliche Hand" premieres in Vienna

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Oct 15 US President Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge

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Oct 18 Harold "Red" Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs)

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • Oct 18 Notre Dame beats Army 13-7, NY Hearld Tribune dubs them (4 Horsemen)
  • Oct 19 General Christian Worker's union demands 8 hr work day in Belgium
  • Oct 20 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0
  • Oct 21 KLM Fokker's F7 H-NACC departs to Dutch East Indies
  • Oct 22 Toastmasters International is founded
  • Oct 24 Christian Gen Feng Joe Siang occupies Beijing
  • Oct 24 Nobel prize for physiology/medicine awarded to W Einthoven
  • Oct 25 "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip 1st published
  • Oct 27 The Uzbek SSR is founded in the Soviet Union.
  • Oct 28 French-Russian trade agreement signed
  • Oct 28 White Sox beat NY Giants 8-4 in Dublin, less than 20 fans attend

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Oct 28 M.de Bruin, a miner, discovers an infant fossil skull the "Taung child" in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies fossil as new hominin species Australopithecus africanus.

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart
Raymond Dart
  • Oct 29 "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater
  • Oct 29 Labour party loses British parliamentary election
  • Oct 31 World Savings Day was announced in Milan, Italy, by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks).

Famous Birthdays

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Oct 1 Jimmy Carter, American politician, 39th US President (D) (1977-81), born in Plains, Georgia

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Oct 1 William Rehnquist, Ws, Supreme Court (1972-86)/chief justice (1987- )
  • Oct 2 Sam Wainwright, deputy chairman (British Post Office)
  • Oct 3 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter, (d. 2012)
  • Oct 3 Harvey Kurtzman, U.S. cartoonist and founding editor of Mad magazine (d. 1993)
  • Oct 5 Bill Dana, Quincy Mass, comedian/actor (Jose Jimenez)
  • Oct 5 Jose Donoso, Chilean writer (The Place Without Limits), born in Santiago (d. 1996)
  • Oct 5 Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (d. 2007)
  • Oct 8 Arkady Vorobyev, Middle heavyweight (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
  • Oct 8 Alphons Egli, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • Oct 9 Robert A Rushworth, Madison Maine, test pilot (X-15)
  • Oct 10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1978)
  • Oct 10 James Clavell, England, author (Tai Pan, Shogun) [or 1920, 22, 26)
  • Oct 10 Ludmilla Tcherina, French actress/ballet dancer (Sins of Rome)
  • Oct 11 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, born in Bay City, Texas (d. 2015)
  • Oct 12 Doris Grau, American actress (d. 1995)
  • Oct 13 Terry Gibbs, American orchestra leader (Steve Allen Comedy Hour), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 14 Robert Webber, Santa Ana California, actor (79 Park Avenue)
  • Oct 15 Colin Romoff, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 15 Lee A Iacocca, CEO (Chrysler Corp)
  • Oct 15 Nigel Green, South Africa, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File)
  • Oct 15 Mark Lenard, American actor (Mr Spock's dad Sarek-Star Trek), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 15 Marguerite Andersen, German writer
  • Oct 17 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] Rockabilly musician, born in Towanda, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • Oct 18 Allyn Ferguson, orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), born in San Jose, California
  • Oct 18 Egil Hovland, composer
  • Oct 18 Frank Liedel, [Leo van Assche], Flemish writer (Kaperbrief)
  • Oct 18 Hugh Allan "Buddy" MacMaster, Canadian musician
  • Oct 20 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist
  • Oct 20 Stanley Eric Francis Booth-Clibborn, bishop (Manchester)
  • Oct 21 Celia Cruz, Cuban singer, Queen of Salsa. (d. 2003)
  • Oct 24 Jose Casanovas, composer
  • Oct 24 Piet Roozenburg, World champ checker player (1948 . . 55)
  • Oct 25 Billy Barty, Millsboro Pa, 3'9" actor (Under the Rainbow, Foul Play)
  • Oct 25 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (Wrecking Crew), born in New Orleans (d. 2008)
  • Oct 26 Tom F Lewis, (Rep-R-Florida, 1983- )
  • Oct 27 Ruby Dee, American actress (A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • Oct 27 Michel Galabru, Safi Morocco, actor (Judge & the Assassin)
  • Oct 27 Alain Bombard, French Biologist, Physician, and Politician who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a small boat to test his theory that a shipwrecked person could survive without provisions, born in Paris, France
  • Oct 27 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], drummer (Monkees, Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, born in Siracusa, Italy (d. 1987)
  • Oct 28 Alfonso Montalva Montecino, composer
  • Oct 28 Antonio Creus, Spanish racecar driver (d. 1996)
  • Oct 29 Zbigniew Herbert, writer
  • Oct 30 Hannelore Weygrand, German FR, equestrian dressage (Oly-silver-1956)
  • Oct 30 Serge Golovine, French ballet choreographer (Death of Narcissus)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 16 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell divorces 1st husband Berrien (Red) Upshaw

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Joseph Vezina, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 5 Tom Campbell, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, ct 7 stp 1), dies
  • Oct 6 Jacques Oppenheim, lawyer, dies at 75
  • Oct 7 Clemens Baeumker, German historian (Christian Philosophy), dies at 71
  • Oct 9 Valery Bryusov, Russian writer and critic (b. 1873)
  • Oct 12 Anatole France, writer, dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Monroe A Althouse, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 13 Anatole France, [Jacques Thibault], writer (Ecrivain Francais), dies
  • Oct 21 Martin Pierre Joseph Marsick, composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 29 Frances Hodgson Burnett, British born American playwright and children's author ("Little Lord Fauntleroy"), dies at 74