What Happened in October 2011

Historical Events


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1st Martin Dempsey is appointed US Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Obama

Army General Martin Dempsey
Army General
Martin Dempsey
44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 4th US State Department lists Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIL) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist with a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture
  • 8th Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin
  • 15th Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries.
  • 15th Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida.
  • 15th MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • 16th MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • 18th Gilad Shalit is released.

BattleBattle of Interest

20th The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 23rd A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
  • 23rd 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland
  • 27th The Royal Australian Navy announces that they discovered the wreck of a World War II submarine in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE - it is likely to be Japanese.
  • 27th MLB World Series Game 6: St. Louis Cardinal 3B David Freese hits game-tying 2 run triple with 2 outs in the 9th and then hits walk-off home run in the 11th
  • 28th MLB World Series: St. Louis Cardinals defeat Texas Rangers to win 4-3
  • 29th Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.

Film release premierFilm Premier

30th "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison, premieres at the Rome Film Festival

  • 31st The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations

Famous Weddings

  • 1st Rock bassist Gene Simmons (62) weds actress and model Shannon Tweed (55) at the historic Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

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2nd Canadian stand-up comedian and actor Seth Rogen (30) weds screenwriter Lauren Miller at Kunde Family Estate in Sonoma, California

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen

HeartWedding of Interest

9th Musician Paul McCartney (69) weds New Yorker Nancy Shevell (51) in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 9th TV personality Layla Kayleigh (22) weds Radio Talk Show Host/DJ Steve Covino (36) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 13th Queen consort of Bhutan Jetsun Pema (21) weds Dragon King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck (31) at Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan

HeartWedding of Interest

15th "Charmed" TV actress Shannen Doherty (40) weds photographer Kurt Iswarienko (37) in Malibu

  • 16th Actress, screenwriter and model Nikki Reed (24) weds singer-songwriter Paul McDonald (27) at a private ranch in Malibu, California
  • 18th Actress, model and singer Bijou Phillips (32) weds actor and disc jockey Danny Masterson (36) at a private castle in Ireland

HeartWedding of Interest

22nd Actor and comedian Robin Williams (60) weds graphic designer Susan Schneider at the luxurious Meadow Wood Resort in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena, California

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 22nd "The Bachelorette" TV personality DeAnna Pappas (29) weds Stephen Stagliano (27) in Georgia
  • 22nd Former US Senator John Edwards's daughter Cate Edwards (29) weds Trevor Upham (30) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 29th Actress Eva Amurri (26) weds former Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino (31) in Charleston, South Carolina

Famous Divorces


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31st Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (31) divorces basketball player Kris Humphries (26) due to irreconcilable differences only 72 days after getting married

TV Personality & Model Kim Kardashian
TV Personality & Model
Kim Kardashian

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golf player (b. 1931)

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5th Steve Jobs, American Businessman, co-founder and CEO of Apple, dies from respiratory arrest at 56

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 5th Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • 5th Charles Napier, American actor (b. 1936)

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5th Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist, dies at 89

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • 5th Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)
  • 7th Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)

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8th Al Davis, American football executive, dies at 82

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 9th Pavel Karelin, Russian ski jumper (b. 1989)
  • 10th Jagjit Singh, Indian Musician, Ghazal Maestro, Padma Bhusan awardee (b. 1941)
  • 12th Heinz Bennent, German actor (b. 1921)
  • 12th Patricia Breslin, American actress (b. 1931)
  • 12th Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist, creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system, dies at 70
  • 13th Barbara Kent, Canadian born - U.S. silent film actress and WAMPAS Baby Stars (b.1907)
  • 14th Reg Alcock, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • 15th Betty Driver, British Actress (b. 1920)
  • 16th Dan Wheldon, English auto racer (b. 1978)
  • 17th Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world's richest people (b. 1919)

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20th Muammar Gaddafi, Ruler of Libya (b. 1942)

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • 20th Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)
  • 20th Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)
  • 22nd Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince (2005-11), dies at 82 or 83
  • 23rd Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1987)
  • 23rd John McCarthy, American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, inventor of the Lisp programming language.(b. 1927)
  • 23rd Herbert A. Hauptman, American Mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry, dies at 94
  • 27th James Hillman, founder of Archetypal Psychology (b. 1926)
  • 29th Jimmy Savile, British media personality (b. 1926)
  • 31st Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)