What Happened in October 1938

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant
  • Oct 1 Germany annexes Sudetenland (1/3 of Czechoslovakia) following the Munich Agreement
  • Oct 2 Indian Bob Feller strikes out record 18 Tigers (Chester Laabs 5 times)
  • Oct 6 Yanks Lefty Gomez sets record of 6 World Series wins without a loss
  • Oct 7 Germany requires all Jewish passports be stamped with letter J

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Oct 8 G Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Fabulous Invalid" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Moss Hart

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Oct 9 Aaron Copland's & Eugene Loring's ballet "Billy the Kid" premieres in Chicago

Composer Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland
  • Oct 9 Cleveland Browns & Chicago Bears play a penalty free NFL game
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees sweep Cubs in 35th World Series, 3rd straight WS win
  • Oct 10 Germany completes its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland
  • Oct 10 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st String Quartet
  • Oct 14 Nazis plan Jewish ghettos for all major cities
  • Oct 15 Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 Japanese troops occupies Canton
  • Oct 22 Chester Carlson demonstrates 1st Xerox copying machine
  • Oct 24 US forbids child labor in factories
  • Oct 25 Japanese troops occupies Hankou & Wuhan
  • Oct 25 The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounces Swing music as "a degenerated musical system... turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people", warning that it leads down a "primrose path to hell".
  • Oct 27 DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called "nylon"
  • Oct 28 Farewell parade of International Brigade (Barcelona)

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Oct 30 A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells "The War of the Worlds", narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic

  • Oct 31 Great Depression: In an effort to try restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 J Bert Sonnier, race horse trainer
  • Oct 1 Les Scheinflug, Australian soccer asst coach (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Oct 2 Lloyd Turner, journalist
  • Oct 2 Rex Reed, movie critic/actor (Myra Breckinridge), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Oct 2 Waheed Murad, Pakistani film actor and director (d. 1983)
  • Oct 3 David R Obey, (Rep-D-Wisconsin, 1969- )
  • Oct 3 Eddie Cochran, rock vocalist/guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 3 Tereza Kesovija, Croatian singer
  • Oct 4 Kurt Wüthrich, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Oct 5 Carlo Mastrangelo, rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2016)
  • Oct 5 Teresa Heinz Kerry, American philanthropist
  • Oct 6 Serge Nubret, French bodybuilder
  • Oct 7 Robert Drivas, Chi, actor (Cool Hand Luke, Illustrated Man) [or 11/21]
  • Oct 8 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service)
  • Oct 8 Frederick S Stolle, tennis champ (US Open-1966)
  • Oct 8 Penny Pitou, US, skier (Olympic-2 silvers-1960)
  • Oct 8 Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky
  • Oct 9 Heinz Fischer, Austrian politician
  • Oct 10 Marcus Jan Adriani, biologist/director (Weevers' Duin)
  • Oct 10 Tobias A Roth, (Rep-R-Wisconsin, 1979- )
  • Oct 10 Moriyama Daido, Japanese photographer
  • Oct 12 Bob Miller, American NHL broadcaster
  • Oct 13 Jim McMullan, Long Beach NY, actor (Dr McDaniel-Ben Casey)
  • Oct 13 Mahboob Shah, cricketer (Pakistani Test umpire on intl panel)
  • Oct 13 Hugo Young, English journalist (d. 2003)
  • Oct 14 John Dean III, former White House counsel (Watergate figure)
  • Oct 14 Empress Farah Diba of Iran
  • Oct 15 Fela Ransome/Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian singer/saxophonist (d. 1997)
  • Oct 15 Marvin E "Marv" Johnson, US gospel/R&B singer (Move 2 mountains)
  • Oct 15 Rafael Aponte-Ledee, composer
  • Oct 16 Nico (born Christa Päffgen; singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress) (d. 1988)
  • Oct 16 Carl Gunter Jr, Louisiana State Representative (d. 1999)

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Oct 17 Robert "Evel" Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), born in Butte, Montana (d. 2007)

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Oct 18 Ronnie Bright, rocker (Coasters)
  • Oct 18 Dawn Wells, American actress
  • Oct 19 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader
  • Oct 20 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (d. 2006)
  • Oct 22 Christopher Lloyd, American actor (Taxi, Back to the Future), born in Stamford, Connecticut,
  • Oct 22 Derek Jacobi, actor (Lanner-Strauss Family, Dead Again), born in London, England
  • Oct 23 John Heinz, (Sen-R-PA, 1977- )
  • Oct 23 Jordan Christopher, actor (Secrets of Midland Heights), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Oct 24 Fred E Finn, pianist (Mickie Finn's), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 25 Robert Webster, diver (Oly-gold-1960, 64), born in Berkeley, California
  • Oct 26 Bernadette Lafont, Nimes France, actress (Perils of Gwendoline), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 26 Charles W Stenholm, (Rep-D-Texas, 1979- )
  • Oct 26 Ralph Bakshi, animator (Lord of Rings, Fritz the Cat, Mighty Mouse)
  • Oct 27 Maurice Hinchey, (Rep-D-New York)
  • Oct 28 Peter Carlstein, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1958-64)
  • Oct 28 David Dimbleby, English television commentator
  • Oct 28 Anne Perry, English-born novelist
  • Oct 29 Peter Stampfel, musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Oct 29 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia (2006 -) and the first elected female head of state in Africa, born in Monrovia, Liberia

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
  • Oct 30 Ed Lauter, Long Beach, New York, American actor (The Artist, The Number 23), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 31 Rives McBee, PGA golfer (1989 RJR Bank One Classic), born in Denton, Texas

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Jazz musician Louis Armstrong (37) weds longtime girlfriend Alpha Smith

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • Oct 5 Saint Faustina, Polish saint (b. 1905)
  • Oct 10 Martin Bladen, cricketer (the 7th Lord Hawke), dies
  • Oct 12 Hugh Massie, cricketer (9 Tests for Australia 1881-85, capt), dies
  • Oct 13 E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (b. 1894)
  • Oct 18 Karl J Kautsky, Austrian marxist/socialist, dies
  • Oct 24 Ernst Barlach, German writer and artist, dies at 68
  • Oct 27 Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet/critic, dies at 57