October 2014 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 41 children are killed by a suicide bombing on the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school in Homs, Syria
  • Oct 2 15 people are killed after a gun powder plant explodes in Gorni Lom, Bulgaria
  • Oct 2 Seige of Syrian town Kobani and its surrounds by ISIS prompts 130,00 people to flee the area
  • Oct 3 83 million accounts are compromised after a cyber attack on JP Morgan Chase & 9 other financial institutions
  • Oct 5 South Sydney Rabbitohs win the 2014 NRL Grand Final
  • Oct 6 John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Oct 7 Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing blue light emitting diodes
  • Oct 7 Spanish nurse diagnosed with Ebola, the first case outside west Africa
  • Oct 8 Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy
  • Oct 9 Patrick Modiano wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Oct 9 Gatwick, Heathrow and JFK airports enhance screening for the Ebola virus

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Oct 10 Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai
  • Oct 12 Evo Morales is re-elected President of Bolivia
  • Oct 14 Richard Flanagan's novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize
  • Oct 14 World Health Organization announce Ebola virus death toll at 4,447, and the fatality rate has reached 70%

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Oct 14 Utah State University receives terrorist threats pertaining to Anita Sarkeesian's planned lecture the following day

Feminist Media Critic Anita Sarkeesian
Feminist Media Critic
Anita Sarkeesian
  • Oct 16 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council
  • Oct 19 A working human intestine is generated in a laboratory from stem cells in the United States

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Oct 20 Joko Widodo becomes President of Indonesia

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • Oct 20 Laquan McDonald (17) is shot dead by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while jaywalking, the murder caught on video footage
  • Oct 21 Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
  • Oct 26 Dilma Rousseff is re-elected President of Brazil
  • Oct 30 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks win the 2014 Japan Series

Deaths in History


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Oct 4 Jean-Claude Duvalier, 41st President of Haiti (1971-86), dies of a heart attack at 63

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • Oct 6 Marian Seldes, American actress,dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • Oct 14 Elizabeth Peña, American actress, dies from cirrhosis at 55
  • Oct 19 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66
  • Oct 24 Marcia Strassman, American actress, dies from breast cancer at 66
  • Oct 28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87