October 1931 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Spanish Cortes accept general female suffrage
  • Oct 1 The second (and current) Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is opened in New York.
  • Oct 2 Pope Pius XI encyclical On economic crisis
  • Oct 4 Dick Tracy comic strip by Chester Gould debuts
  • Oct 4 Juan Esteban Montero becomes President of Chile
  • Oct 5 1st nonstop transpacific flight, Japan to Wash (Herndon & Pangborn)
  • Oct 5 Paul Green's "House of Connelly" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 6 Js Van Severen forms Verdinaso (Union of Flemish National Solidarists)
  • Oct 7 1st infra-red photograph, Rochester, NY
  • Oct 10 A J Bennett hits H Garbarino for 1st scoring pass in Canada's Big 4
  • Oct 10 William Waltons "Belshazzar's Feast" premieres in Leeds
  • Oct 11 100,000 extreme-right Germans form "Harzburger Front"
  • Oct 12 1st International Conference on Calendar Reform
  • Oct 13 Noel Coward's "Cavalcade" premieres in London
  • Oct 14 1st broadcast of Dutch Radio Peoples University
  • Oct 14 Spanish Cortes agrees to separation of Church & State
  • Oct 16 US trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd murders two friends then dismembers one of them in Phoenix

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • Oct 20 Frankie Frisch of the Cards named MVP
  • Oct 24 George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day
  • Oct 24 Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion
  • Oct 26 Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning Becomes Electra" premieres in NYC

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Reginald Hall, endocrinologist
  • Oct 4 Dick Tracy, comic strip crimestopper

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 7 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 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)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 8 Sir John Monash, Australian soldier general (b. 1865)
  • Oct 10 Karl von Bach, German engineer (Maschinenelemente), dies at 84
  • Oct 13 Ernst Didring, Swedish author (b. 1868)
  • Oct 17 Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (b. 1884)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 18 Thomas Edison, American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), dies at 84

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Oct 21 A Schnitzler, writer, dies at 69