On This Day

Famous People Born in October 1880

  • Oct 2 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1953)

Person of interestDamon Runyon

Oct 4 Damon Runyon, American journalist and writer (Guys & Dolls-based on his work), born in Manhattan, Kansas (d. 1946)

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon
Journalist and Author
Damon Runyon
  • Oct 4 Young Corbett II (William J. Rothwell), American boxer (world featherweight champion 1901-02), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1927)
  • Oct 6 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano
  • Oct 7 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • Oct 8 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, born in Pasuruan, Malang, Indonesia (d. 1950)
  • Oct 12 Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, born in Balham, London (d. 1968)
  • Oct 12 Louis Hémon, French novelist (Maria Chapdelaine), born in Brest, France (d. 1913)
  • Oct 13 Sasha Chorny [Alexander Mikhailovich Glikberg], Russian poet, born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1932)
  • Oct 14 Vilhelm Ekelund, Swedish poet and writer (Sak och sken) (d. 1940)
  • Oct 21 Viking Eggeling, Swedish artist/filmmaker (Symphonie Diagonale), born in Lund, Sweden (d. 1925)
  • Oct 21 Reggie Spooner, English cricket batsman (10 Tests; dual cricket/rugby union international), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 1961)
  • Oct 22 Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
  • Oct 23 Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (David Copperfield), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1959)
  • Oct 26 Andrei Bely [Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev], Russian writer (Petersburg), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1934)
  • Oct 29 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), born in Romny, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1960)