What Happened in October 2007

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.
  • Oct 2 President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea walks across the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea on his way to the second Inter-Korean Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 5 "Michael Clayton", starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and Tilda Swinton, is released

  • Oct 6 Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.
  • Oct 9 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all-time high
  • Oct 13 17th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-14 in South Bend
  • Oct 15 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country.
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Colorado Rockies beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 games to 0

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Oct 17 The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal

14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso
14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso

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Oct 18 After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escapes uninjured.

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • Oct 19 Bomb explosion rocks Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati, the Philippines killing 11, injuring more than 100 people.
  • Oct 20 6th Rugby World Cup: South Africa beats England 15-6 at Saint-Denis
  • Oct 21 58th Formula One WDC: Kimi Raikkonen wins by one point
  • Oct 21 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 25 The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
  • Oct 28 MLB World Series: Boston Red Sox defeat Colorado Rockies to win 4-0
  • Oct 29 Argentina elects its first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 6 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) weds Rick Salomon (39) at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas
  • Oct 6 "The Montel Williams Show" talk show host Montel Williams (51) weds American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler on a beach in Bermuda

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 5 Actress Reese Witherspoon (30) divorces actor Ryan Phillippe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 22 Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (40) divorces actress Kate Hudson (28) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly six years of marriage

Actress Kate Hudson
Actress
Kate Hudson

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Chris Mainwaring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1965)
  • Oct 1 Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (b. 1932)
  • Oct 1 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (b. 1936) (Olympics-gold-56, 60, 64, 68) dies aged 71
  • Oct 1 Ned Sherrin, English broadcaster, author and stage director (b. 1931)
  • Oct 1 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and theme song composer (b. 1928)
  • Oct 2 Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 2 Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)
  • Oct 2 Christopher Derrick, British writer (b. 1921)
  • Oct 3 M.N. Vijayan, Indian writer, orator, and academic
  • Oct 5 Justin Tuveri, Italian veteran of the First World War (b. 1898)
  • Oct 5 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (b. 1930)
  • Oct 7 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1975)
  • Oct 7 George E. Sangmeister, American politician (b. 1931)
  • Oct 9 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (b. 1922)
  • Oct 10 Mehmed Uzun, Contemporary Kurdish writer and novelist. (b. 1953)
  • Oct 11 Werner von Trapp, member of the Trapp Family Singers (b. 1915)
  • Oct 11 David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • Oct 12 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (b. 1934)
  • Oct 13 Bob Denard, French mercenary (b. 1929)
  • Oct 13 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), dies at 64
  • Oct 14 Big Moe, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • Oct 14 Frank Hauser, British theatrical director (Oxford Playhouse), dies at 85
  • Oct 16 Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (From Here to Eternity, The King and I) dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Toše Proeski, Macedonian music star (b. 1981)
  • Oct 16 Barbara West, Second to last living Titanic survivor.
  • Oct 17 Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (b. 1918)
  • Oct 17 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (b. 1931)
  • Oct 18 Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)
  • Oct 18 William J. Crowe, American admiral and ambassador (b. 1925)
  • Oct 18 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (b. 1915)
  • Oct 18 Lucky Dube, South African musician (b. 1964)
  • Oct 19 Dr. Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate (b. 1943)
  • Oct 19 Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)
  • Oct 19 Jan Wolkers, Dutch writer (b. 1925)
  • Oct 19 LaLa Brown, American singer (b. 1986)
  • Oct 20 Max McGee, American football player (b. 1932)
  • Oct 20 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry) (b. 1961)
  • Oct 21 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts) (b. 1951)
  • Oct 22 Ève Curie French writer (b. 1904)
  • Oct 23 John Ilhan, Australian entrepreneur, Crazy John's mobile phones (b. 1965)
  • Oct 23 Lim Goh Tong, Founder of Genting Group (b. 1918)
  • Oct 24 Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • Oct 24 Alisher Saipov, Kyrgyz journalist
  • Oct 24 Ian Middleton, New Zealand novelist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 26 Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • Oct 26 Friedman Paul Erhardt (Chef Tell), German-born American TV chef (b. 1943)
  • Oct 26 Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
  • Oct 26 Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • Oct 28 Porter Wagoner, American country singer (b. 1927)

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Oct 30 Robert Goulet, American singer and actor, dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 73

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • Oct 30 Linda Stein, Ramones manager and real estate broker (b. 1945)
  • Oct 30 Washoe, chimpanzee trained in American Sign Language (b. 1965)
  • Oct 30 John Woodruff, American athlete (b. 1915)
  • Oct 31 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (b. 1951)