On This Day

Famous People Born in October 1911

  • Oct 1 Edward P Boland, (Rep-D-MA, 1953- )
  • Oct 1 Irwin Kostal, American orchestra leader and arranger (West Side Story: The Sound Of Music; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Oct 1 Riccardo Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player, luger (Olympic bronze 1928, 48; took the Olympic oath 1948), born in St. Moritz, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • Oct 1 Herman Hickman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard, coach and broadcaster (Army, Yale), born in Johnson City, Tennessee (d. 1958)
  • Oct 2 Stuart Rose, British designer (British Post Office), born in London (d. 1993)
  • Oct 2 Jack Finney, American sci-fi and thriller author (The Body Snatchers, Time and Again), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • Oct 3 Michael Hordern, British actor (Watership Down, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • Oct 5 Brian O'Brien, Irish novelist (At Swim-Two-Birds), born in Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland (d. 1966)
  • Oct 7 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, Illinois (1985)
  • Oct 7 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 7 Shura Cherkassky, Ukrainian classical pianist (d. 1995)
  • Oct 9 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (Pulitzer Prize-Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2006)

Person of interestClare Hollingworth

Oct 10 Clare Hollingworth, British war correspondent who was the first to report on the outbreak of WWII, born in Knighton, England (d. 2017)

Journalist Clare Hollingworth
Journalist
Clare Hollingworth
  • Oct 12 Louis de Guiringaud, French foreign minister (1976-78), born in Limoges, France (d. 1982)
  • Oct 12 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), born in Bombay, India (d. 1987)
  • Oct 12 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)

  • Oct 13 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1986)
  • Oct 13 Ashok Kumar [Dadamoni, Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly], Indian actor (Mahal, Afsana), born in Bhagalpur, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 2001)
  • Oct 14 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), born in Nam Định Province, French Indochina (d. 1990)
  • Oct 15 James H. Schmitz, American sci-fi author (Lion Game), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Oct 19 George Cates, American orchestra leader (Lawrence Welk Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 19 Hilde Spiel, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 1990)
  • Oct 20 Will Rogers Jr, American politician (D-Representative 1943-44) writer, political commentator, and actor (Down to Earth), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Oct 21 Peter Graves, British actor (Paradise Lagoon, Admirable Crichton), born in London, England (d. 1994)
  • Oct 24 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1997)
  • Oct 24 Sonny Terry, blind Piedmont blues musician, born in Greensboro, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • Oct 24 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian Archbishop of Montreal, born in Viauville, Montreal, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • Oct 24 Nathaniel Wyeth, American chemist and inventor (created PET plastic beverage bottle), born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania (d. 1990)

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

Oct 26 Mahalia Jackson, American gospel singer (Whole World in his Hands), born in New Orleans, Louisianal; (d. 1972)

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • Oct 26 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • Oct 26 Sorley MacLean, Scottish poet (Poems to Eimhir and Other Poems), born in Osgaig, Raasay, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • Oct 27 Leif Erickson, American actor (Invaders from Mars, On the Waterfront), born in Alameda, California (d. 1986)
  • Oct 29 Phillip Oppenheimer, British diamond trader (d. 1995)
  • Oct 30 Ruth Hussey, American actress (Another Thin Man), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 2005)

About October 1911

How Old? 109 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Signs: Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22), Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)