Birthdays in History in October 1931

  • Oct 1 Reginald Hall, endocrinologist
  • Oct 4 Dick Tracy, comic strip crimestopper
  • Oct 7 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa (Nobel Peace Prize 1982)
  • Oct 11 Dorothy Woolfolk, American comic book editor (d. 2000)
  • Oct 13 Janice Elliott, English novelist (d. 1995)
  • Oct 15 [Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen] Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India, born in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu (d. 2015)
  • Oct 16 Charles W Colson, presidential adviser (Watergate figure), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Oct 17 Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian writer
  • Oct 18 Catharina I "Ien" Dales, Dutch Internal minister (1989-94)
  • Oct 19 John le CarrĂ©, English novelist
  • Oct 20 Ken Morrison, English supermarket maginate/multi-millionaire
  • Oct 27 David Bryant, English world champion bowler/tv-host
  • Oct 27 Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian writer
  • Oct 30 David Wilson, director of British Museum (1977-92)