Historical Events in October 1920

  • Oct 1 Dutch law provides for an 8 hour working day
  • Oct 1 Sir Percy Cox landed in Basra to assume his responsibilities as high commissioner in Iraq.
  • Oct 2 Only tripleheader of twentieth century (Reds win 13-4, 7-3 then Pirates win 6-0)
  • Oct 2 The Chinese sign an agreement with the Russo-Asiatic Bank, largely French and Russian controlled, which will oversee the Chinese Eastern Railway, but give local supervision to China
  • Oct 3 Browns 1st baseman George Sisler gets his record 257th hit of season
  • Oct 3 NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games
  • Oct 6 1st brothers oppose each other in World Series, Cleve's Wheeler Johnston pinch-hits as brother Jimmy plays 3rd base for Bkln
  • Oct 9 1st World Series game in Cleveland, Indians win 2-1
  • Oct 10 1st Grandslam in WS (Smith) & 1st unassisted triple play (Wambsganss)
  • Oct 10 Italy annexes South Tirol (Alto Adige)
  • Oct 10 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie
  • Oct 10 Indian Bill Wambsganns makes 1st unassisted World Series triple play
  • Oct 10 Indian's Elmer Smith hits baseball's 1st World Series grand slam
  • Oct 12 Cleve Indians beat Bkln Dodgers, 5 games to 2 in 17th World Series
  • Oct 12 Construction begins on Holland Tunnel connecting NJ & NYC
  • Oct 12 Man O'War's last race & win
  • Oct 12 Soccer team Quick '20 forms
  • Oct 13 World Series celebration in Wade Park brings out 50,000+ Clevelanders
  • Oct 14 Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland
  • Oct 17 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
  • Oct 20 "1st Year" with Frank Craven premieres in NYC
  • Oct 23 Chicago grand jury indicts Abe Attell, Hal Chase, & Bill Burns as go-betweens in Black Sox World Series scandal
  • Oct 23 African demonstrators shot in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Oct 27 League of Nations moves headquarters in Geneva
  • Oct 27 Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins
  • Oct 29 Ed Barrow appointed GM of NY Yankees
  • Oct 30 The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
  • Oct 31 Romania annexes Bessarabia