What Happened in October 2015

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 A gunman kills 8 students and a teacher at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon
  • Oct 1 Mudslide on the outskirts of Guatemala City leaves at least 131 dead and 300 missing
  • Oct 1 Cargo ship El Faro goes missing with 33 crew during Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas
  • Oct 2 Actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are arrested in Vermont after leaving Canada
  • Oct 3 US airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing around 19
  • Oct 3 Flash floods on the French Riviera kill at least 19 people
  • Oct 3 Host England loses to Australia 33-13 and crashes out of the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage
  • Oct 5 Nobel prize for Medicine awarded to William C Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura (Roundworm) and Youyou Tu (Maleria)
  • Oct 5 Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement announced by trade ministers of 12 countries in Atlanta
  • Oct 5 Floods in South Carolina a "1,000-year storm" result in 12 deaths and 9 dams to fail

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Oct 5 Governor Jerry Brown of California signs a bill giving terminally ill patients the "right to die"

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • Oct 6 Nobel prize for Physics awarded to Takaaki Kajita (Japan) and Arthur McDonald (Canada) for work on neutrinos

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Oct 7 US President Barack Obama apologises to Doctors without Borders President and the President of Afghanistan for the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Oct 7 Nobel prize in Chemistry awarded to Tomas Lindahl (Sweden), Paul Modrich (US) and Aziz Sancar (Turkey) for work on cells DNA repair
  • Oct 8 Nobel prize for Literature awarded to Belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich

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Oct 8 Actress and singer Selena Gomez reveals she has Lupus

Singer and Actress Selena Gomez
Singer and Actress
Selena Gomez
  • Oct 9 The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 10 Bombing at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kills at least 95, injures 200
  • Oct 11 Nepal's parliament elects Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, leader of the Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist party, as Prime Minister
  • Oct 13 Basketball player Lamar Odom is hospitalised after being found unconscious in a brothel in Nevada
  • Oct 13 Marlon James becomes first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize for his novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings"
  • Oct 13 First Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by CNN and held in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oct 19 US scientists from University of California find evidence life on earth may have begun 4.1 billion years ago, 300 million earlier than previously thought

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Oct 19 Canadian federal elections: Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party win a majority with 184 seats

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Justin Trudeau
  • Oct 20 Migrants arriving in Greece top 500,00 for the year, according to the UN

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Oct 20 US Vice President Joe Biden confirms he will not run for President

47th Vice President of the United States Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States
Joe Biden

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Oct 21 German Chancellor Angela Merkel says German view of Holocaust will not change, after Benjamin Netanyahu says idea came from Mufti of Jerusalem

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu

Music releaseMusic Single

Oct 23 Adele releases her single "Hello" - becomes 1st song with more than a million downloads in 1st week (1.1m)

Singer-songwriter Adele
  • Oct 24 Even results in Argentine Presidential Election between Daniel Scioli and Mauricio Macrieven trigger 1st ever Presidential run off 22 Nov
  • Oct 26 "Spectre", 24th James Bond film, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig premieres in London
  • Oct 26 World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic
  • Oct 26 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits northern Pakistan and Afghanistan killing over 300

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Oct 27 American soccer star Abby Wambach announces her retirement

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • Oct 28 Longest ever 1st game of Baseball World Series (5h 9min), Kansas City Royals defeat New York Mets 5-4, also joint longest by innings
  • Oct 28 World Heath Organization ranks Tuberculosis alongside HIV as world's deadliest infectious diseases, killing 1.2 million (2014)
  • Oct 28 Research indicating Plague dates back to the Bronze age in skeletons 5,783 years old, published by University of Copenhagen team in "Cell"
  • Oct 28 Third Republican presidential candidates debate run by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado
  • Oct 29 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), dies at 89
  • Oct 29 China announces the end of their one-child policy after 35 years
  • Oct 29 Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, succeeding John Boehner (R-Ohio)
  • Oct 31 Ruby World Cup Final: New Zealand's All Blacks defeat Australia's Wallabies 34-17 at Twickenham in London
  • Oct 31 Russian airliner crashes killing all 224 on board in Sinai Peninsula, Egypt - Russia's worst air disaster
  • Oct 31 Breeders Cup Classic: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins at Keeneland

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 8 Actress Angelababy (26) weds long-term boyfriend Huang Xiaoming in Shanghai, China
  • Oct 10 Supermodel Hilary Rhoda (28) weds former pro hockey player Sean Avery (33) at the Parrish Art Museum in Long Island
  • Oct 10 Actor Victor Garber (66) weds artist and model Rainer Andreesen in Tofino, Canada
  • Oct 10 "True Detective" actress Leven Rambin (25) weds True Blood star Jim Parrack (35) in Austin, Texas
  • Oct 17 Actress Bridget Moynahan (44) weds businessman Andrew Frankel at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York
  • Oct 24 Comedian Tig Notaro (44) weds girlfriend Stephanie Allynne in Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Oct 24 American Idol winner and singer Phillip Phillips (25) weds longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell at the Resora Plantation in Albany, Georgia
  • Oct 25 Singer Jason Mraz (38) weds girlfriend Christina Carano at Pole Green Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia

Famous Divorces

  • Oct 14 Ricki Lake and Christian Evans divorce after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), dies at 100
  • Oct 2 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86
  • Oct 3 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 98
  • Oct 4 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67
  • Oct 5 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 5 Chantal Akerman, Belgium film director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65
  • Oct 6 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), dies at 93
  • Oct 6 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), dies at 73
  • Oct 6 Kevin Corcoran, American actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), dies at 66
  • Oct 6 Sandra Spuzich, American LPGA golfer, dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • Oct 8 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), dies at 88
  • Oct 9 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, dies at 79
  • Oct 9 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), dies at 84
  • Oct 10 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher, dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90
  • Oct 12 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97
  • Oct 14 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), dies at 82
  • Oct 17 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69
  • Oct 17 Danièle Delorme, [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89
  • Oct 20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), dies at 79
  • Oct 23 Jimmy [James] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • Oct 24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • Oct 25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 30 Al Molinaro, American actor (Murray-Odd Couple, Al-Happy Days), dies at 96
  • Oct 30 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71
  • Oct 31 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), dies at 90