October 1920 in History

Events in History

  • 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 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 10 1st Grandslam in WS (Smith) & 1st unassisted triple play (Wambsganss)
  • Oct 10 Italy annexes South Tirol (Alto Adige)
  • Oct 12 Construction begins on Holland Tunnel connecting NJ & NYC
  • Oct 12 Man O'War's last race & win
  • Oct 14 Part of Petsamo province ceded by Soviet Union to Finland
  • Oct 20 "1st Year" with Frank Craven premieres in NYC
  • 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 30 The Communist Party of Australia is founded in Sydney.
  • Oct 31 Romania annexes Bessarabia

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 William Cramond, psychiatrist/vice-chancellor (Stirling University)
  • Oct 5 Robert Feenstra, Dutch law historian
  • Oct 6 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (d. 2005)
  • Oct 6 Lord Donaldson of Lymington, British judge (d. 2005)
  • Oct 7 Georg Leber, German politician (SPD), (d. 2012)
  • Oct 8 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, US, sci-fi author (Dune)
  • Oct 9 Jens Bjorneboe, Norway, poet/writer (Dikt, Jonas)
  • Oct 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (d. 1976)
  • Oct 12 Christy Ring, Irish hurler (d. 1979)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 15 Mario Puzo, American novelist (The Godfather, Cotton Club, Earthquake), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)

Novelist Mario Puzo
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Mario Puzo
  • Oct 17 Miguel Delibes, Spanish writer
  • Oct 19 Pandurang Shastri Athavale, Indian philosopher (d. 2003)
  • Oct 22 Timothy Leary, Harvard prof (LSD taker)
  • Oct 23 Ted Fujita, Japanese meteorologist (d. 1998)
  • Oct 24 Marcel-Paul Schützenberger, French mathematician (d. 1996)
  • Oct 24 Julius Youngner, American scientist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • Oct 26 T C Jones, PA, female impersonator
  • Oct 27 K. R. Narayanan, 10th President of India (1997-2002), born in Uzhavoor, Kerala (d. 2005)
  • Oct 29 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-born immunologist, Nobel laureate
  • Oct 29 Catholicos Baselios Mar Thoma Didymos I, Indian Catholic
  • Oct 31 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, born in Nyeri District, Central Province, (d. 1957)
  • Oct 31 Helmut Newton, German photographer (d. 2004)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 13 Isaac Capadose, lawyer/evangelist, dies at 86
  • Oct 25 Alexander, King of Greece (1917-20), dies after ape bite at 27
  • Oct 31 Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the Caisses populaires Desjardins (b. 1854)