What Happened in October 1909

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 First Rugby Union match is played at the English RFU owned Twickenham ground; Harlequins beat Richmond, 14-10
  • Oct 8 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant

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Oct 9 Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game

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  • Oct 14 Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
  • Oct 16 Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 16 Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
  • Oct 18 Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m
  • Oct 24 Italy and Russia sign the Racconigi Pact in which both nations promise to support the status quo in the Balkans
  • Oct 26 Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, and former Japanese Prime Minister, shot and killed by Korean nationalist in Harbin, China

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • Oct 1 Samuel Yorty, (Mayor-LA), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oct 4 James B. Pritchard, American theologist and archaeologist, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • Oct 4 Noel Chiboust, trumpeter/Sax
  • Oct 7 Shura Cherkassky, pianist
  • Oct 7 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (d. 1990)
  • Oct 7 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (d. 1983)
  • Oct 8 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • Oct 10 Florida Friebus, American actress (Dobie Gillis' mom, Bob Newhart Show), born in Auburndale, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • Oct 10 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, born in Lokoren, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • Oct 10 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • Oct 13 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • Oct 14 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver (Indy 500), born in Lingen, Germany (d. 1938)
  • Oct 14 Kalervo Tuukkanen, Finnish composer, born in Mikkeli, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Oct 14 Dorothy Kingsley, American screenwriter, born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Oct 15 Robert Trout, American newscaster (ABC), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • Oct 17 Crozy [William] Cole, US jazz drummer
  • Oct 18 Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher and legal theorist (d. 2004)
  • Oct 19 Robert Beatty, Canadian actor (2001: A Space Odyssey, Where Eagles Dare), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (d. 1992)
  • Oct 19 Marguerite Perey, French physicist (d. 1975)
  • Oct 20 Monique Hare, French pianist
  • Oct 20 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter (d. 1993)
  • Oct 22 Litz Pisk, movement teacher
  • Oct 23 Zellig S. Harris, Russian-American linguist, born in Balta, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Oct 24 Bill Carr, American athlete (d. 1966)
  • Oct 25 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (1961-67)
  • Oct 25 Whitner "Whit" Bissell, American actor (Time Machine, Soylent Green, The Magnificent Seven), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Oct 28 Adolfs Skulte, composer
  • Oct 28 Claude Bourdet, human rights activist/journalist
  • Oct 28 Francis Bacon, Irish painter (Study for a Pope)
  • Oct 29 Douglass Montgomery, American actor (Forbidden, Harmony Lane), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1966)
  • Oct 30 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (d. 1966)

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 2 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (20) marries 1st wife Kathleen Jenkins

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 6 Dudley Buck, US organist and composer, dies at 70
  • Oct 13 Francisco Ferrer, Spanish anarchist, executed
  • Oct 14 Johann Gottfred Matthison-Hansen, composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 16 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer, dies at 53
  • Oct 17 Nicola Spinelli, composer, dies at 44
  • Oct 18 Alfredo Oriani, Italian writer (Political Struggle in Italy), dies at 57
  • Oct 19 Cesare Lombroso, Italian psychiatrist/criminologist, dies
  • Oct 26 Itō Horiboemi, Japanese samurai, statesman and four time Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated by a Korean nationalist aged 68