On This Day

What Happened in October 1903

Historical Events


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 1 First Baseball World Series game ever played; Pittsburgh Pirates beat Boston Americans 7-3 at Huntington Avenue; Jimmy Sebring hits first home run; Deacon Phillippe is winning pitcher and Cy Young the loser

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Oct 5 Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices
  • Oct 6 The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
  • Oct 8 J M Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen" premieres in Dublin
  • Oct 9 11" (28.4 cm) rainfall in 24 hrs (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 10 The Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women's rights in Britain.

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Suffragette
Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Oct 12 Lyric Theater opens at 213 W 42nd St NYC
  • Oct 13 Boston Americans win the inaugural Baseball World Series; beat Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in Game 8 at Huntington Avenue for a 5-3 series victory; winning pitcher Bill Dinneen
  • Oct 13 Victor Herbert's "Babes in Toyland" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 16 Homel, 1st Jewish self defense organization founded in Russia
  • Oct 20 US wins disputed boundary between District of Alaska & Canada
  • Oct 23 8th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 18-6 in Montgomery
  • Oct 24 First trotter to run a mile under 2 minutes (Lou Dillon 1:58.1)
  • Oct 24 George Sutton becomes billards champion
  • Oct 26 Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay
  • Oct 30 In violation of their promise to evacuate Manchuria, the Russian reoccupy Mukden and reinforce their troops in Manchuria

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), born in Manchester, England (d. 1989)
  • Oct 4 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian nazi (SS/SD), born in Ried im Innkreis, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • Oct 4 Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician, historian and genealogist, born in Bonaventure, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • Oct 5 Jimmy Ritz, American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Blazing Stewardesses), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1985)
  • Oct 5 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, born in San Saba, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Oct 6 Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
  • Oct 8 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • Oct 9 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1979)
  • Oct 10 Charles Théodore Henri Antoine Meinrad de Belgique, Count of Flanders, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1983)
  • Oct 10 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter (Taking a Chance on Love), born in Parafianovo, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • Oct 12 Grayson L. Kirk, 14th President of Columbia University (1953-68), born in Jeffersonville, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • Oct 12 Josephine Hutchinson, American actress (Story of Louis Pasteur), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1998)
  • Oct 13 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, born in Aarhus (d. 1986)
  • Oct 13 Patsy Moran, American actress (Children of the Wild), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • Oct 16 Mario Pilati, composer
  • Oct 16 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • Oct 16 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • Oct 17 Jerry Colona, comedian (Jerry Colona Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 17 Nathanael West, American novelist (Day of the Locusts)
  • Oct 18 Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist
  • Oct 18 Emile Enthoven, Dutch composer and lawyer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1950)
  • Oct 19 Vittorio Giannini, composer
  • Oct 19 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), born in Kalmar län, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • Oct 20 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • Oct 22 George Beadle, US biologist (Nobel 1958)
  • Oct 22 Curly Howard {Jerome Lester Horwitz}, American vaudevillian actor and comedian (The Three Stooges), born in Brooklyn New York (d. 1952)
  • Oct 23 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1994)

Person of interestMelvin Purvis

Oct 24 Melvin Purvis [Little Mel], American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and John Dillinger, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina (d. 1960)

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • Oct 25 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • Oct 25 Harry Shoulberg, American expressionist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Oct 28 Evelyn Waugh, English author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • Oct 29 Vivian Ellis, English composer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1996)
  • Oct 30 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, German composer, born in Posen (now Poznań) (d. 1947)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Benedetto Junck, Italian composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 4 Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • Oct 7 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • Oct 23 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66
  • Oct 26 Herbert Stanley Oakeley, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 26 Victorin de Joncières, French composer, dies at 64