What Happened in October 1931

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Spanish Cortes accept general female suffrage
  • Oct 1 World Series is a rematch as A's seek 3rd straight title vs Cards
  • Oct 1 The second (and current) Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is opened in New York.
  • Oct 2 Pope Pius XI encyclical On economic crisis
  • Oct 4 Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts
  • Oct 4 Juan Esteban Montero becomes president of Chile
  • Oct 5 1st nonstop transpacific flight, Japan to Wash (Herndon & Pangborn)
  • Oct 5 Paul Green's "House of Connelly" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 6 Js Van Severen forms Verdinaso (Union of Flemish National Solidarists)
  • Oct 7 1st infra-red photograph, Rochester, NY
  • Oct 10 A J Bennett hits H Garbarino for 1st scoring pass in Canada's Big 4
  • Oct 10 St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia A's, 4 games to 3 in 28th World Series
  • Oct 10 William Waltons "Belshazzar's Feast" premieres in Leeds
  • Oct 10 9th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Maryland beats Navy 6-0 in Washington (Maryland's first win in the series)
  • Oct 11 100,000 extreme-right Germans form "Harzburger Front"
  • Oct 12 1st International Conference on Calendar Reform
  • Oct 13 Musical "Everybody's Welcome" with T/J Dorsey premieres in NYC
  • Oct 13 Noel Coward's "Cavalcade" premieres in London
  • Oct 14 1st broadcast of Dutch Radio Peoples University
  • Oct 14 Spanish Cortes agrees to separation of Church & State
  • Oct 16 Trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd chops 1st

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • Oct 20 Frankie Frisch of the Cards named MVP
  • Oct 24 George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day
  • Oct 24 Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion
  • Oct 26 Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 27 Chuhei Numbu of Japan, sets then long jump record at 26' 2½"
  • Oct 29 Lefty Grove, A's pitcher who won 31 games, is named the AL's MVP
  • Oct 30 W2XB TV channel 1 in NYC, NY (NBC) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Reginald Hall, endocrinologist
  • Oct 1 Sylvano Bussotti, Italian composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 3 Glenn Hall, National Hockey League goaltender (butterfly goalkeeping), born in Humboldt Saskatchewan

NHL Goalie Glenn Hall
NHL Goalie
Glenn Hall
  • Oct 4 Basil D'Oliveira, cricketer (England all-rounder of late 60's)
  • Oct 4 Dick Tracy, comic strip crimestopper
  • Oct 6 Fred Graham, newscaster/journalist (CBS News, Court TV)
  • Oct 7 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa (Nobel Peace Prize 1982)
  • Oct 9 Tony Booth, British actor and father of Cherie Blair
  • Oct 11 Dorothy Woolfolk, American comic book editor (d. 2000)
  • Oct 12 Raoul Pleskow, composer
  • Oct 13 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Oct 13 Janice Elliott, English novelist (d. 1995)
  • Oct 13 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', born in Noeux-les-Mines (d. 2017)
  • Oct 14 Rafael Puyana, Bogota Colombia, baroque harpsichordist (NY debut 1957)
  • Oct 14 Nikhil Banerjee, Indian classical musician (d. 1986)
  • Oct 15 [Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen] Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India, born in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu (d. 2015)
  • Oct 16 Charles W Colson, presidential adviser (Watergate figure), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Oct 16 Rosa Rosal, Filipino actress and humanitarian
  • Oct 17 Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian writer
  • Oct 18 Catharina I "Ien" Dales, Dutch Internal minister (1989-94)
  • Oct 19 Laszlo Kalmar, composer
  • Oct 19 John le Carré, English novelist
  • Oct 20 Ken Morrison, English supermarket maginate/multi-millionaire

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 20 Mickey Mantle "The Commerce Comet", NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Oct 21 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68)
  • Oct 22 Hikaru Hayashi, composer
  • Oct 23 Diana Dors, [Fluck], Swindon England, actress (Berserk!, Steaming)
  • Oct 23 Jim Bunning, Southgate, Kentucky, American baseball player and politician (perfect Game vs Mets 1965)/(Rep. Senator-Ky)
  • Oct 24 Sofia Gubaidulina, Russian composer (Stimmen Verstummen)
  • Oct 25 Annie Giradot, actress (Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 25 Jimmy McIlroy, Irish footballer and football manager
  • Oct 26 Hank Garrett, Monticello NY, actor (Car 54 Where Are You)
  • Oct 27 David Bryant, English world champion bowler/tv-host
  • Oct 27 Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian writer
  • Oct 29 Franco Interlenghi, Italian actor (I Vitelloni), born in Rome, (d. 2015)
  • Oct 30 David Wilson, director of British Museum (1977-92)
  • Oct 30 Dick Gautier, stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Mr Terrific), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2017)
  • Oct 30 John Macchia, CA, actor (Beach Blanket Bingo, Beach Party)
  • Oct 31 Dan Rather, Wharton, Texas, American journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes)
  • Oct 31 David Lumsdaine, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Thomas Johnstone Lipton, sportsman/merchant, dies
  • Oct 3 Carl August Nielsen, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 8 Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
  • Oct 10 Karl von Bach, German engineer (Maschinenelemente), dies at 84
  • Oct 13 Ernst Didring, Swedish author (b. 1868)
  • Oct 17 Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (b. 1884)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 18 Thomas Edison, American inventor and businessman (holding over 1000 patents), dies at 84

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Oct 20 Emanuel Moor, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 21 A Schnitzler, writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 24 Murray Bisset, cricketer (S Afr)/Chief Justice of Rhodesia, dies
  • Oct 26 Charles Comiskey, baseball team owner (b. 1859)
  • Oct 29 Luciano Gallet, composer, dies at 38