What Happened in October 2011

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 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
  • Oct 4 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
  • Oct 8 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
  • Oct 15 Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries
  • Oct 15 Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida.
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 18 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is released by Hamas

BattleBattle of Interest

Oct 20 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
  • Oct 23 A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
  • Oct 23 7th Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 8-7 in Auckland
  • Oct 27 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.
  • Oct 27 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
  • Oct 28 MLB World Series: St. Louis Cardinals defeat Texas Rangers to win 4-3
  • Oct 29 Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 30 "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

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

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 2 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

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

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Oct 9 TV personality Layla Kayleigh (22) weds Radio Talk Show Host/DJ Steve Covino (36) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oct 13 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

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 31 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

  • Oct 1 Sven Tumba, Swedish ice hockey and golf player (b. 1931)
  • Oct 5 Bert Jansch, Scottish folk musician (Pentangle), dies at 67
  • Oct 5 Charles Napier, American actor (b. 1936)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Oct 5 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

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Oct 5 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
  • Oct 6 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), dies at 78
  • Oct 7 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 20 Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary, political theorist and dictator (1969-2011), beaten to death in captivity by a Misratan militia at between 68–71

Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Oct 20 Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)
  • Oct 20 Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)
  • Oct 22 Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince (2005-11), dies at 82 or 83
  • Oct 23 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (b. 1987)
  • Oct 23 John McCarthy, American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, inventor of the Lisp programming language.(b. 1927)
  • Oct 23 Herbert A. Hauptman, American Mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry, dies at 94
  • Oct 27 James Hillman, founder of Archetypal Psychology (b. 1926)
  • Oct 29 Jimmy Savile, British entertainer and suspected sexual predator, dies at 84
  • Oct 31 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer (b. 1941)