On This Day

What Happened in October 1929

Historical Events

  • Oct 3 British Labour government recovers diplomatic relations with USSR
  • Oct 3 Julius Curtius succeeds Gustav Stresemann as German foreign minister
  • Oct 3 Kingdom of Serbs, Croats & Slovenes changes name to Yugoslavia

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Oct 7 Ramsay MacDonald is first British Prime Minister to address US Congress

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • Oct 8 A's Howard Ehmke (7-2) sets World Series record striking out 13 Cubs
  • Oct 8 Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan and drives out Habibullah Ghazi
  • Oct 9 G Kaufman & R Lardner's musical "June Moon" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 11 Sean O'Casey's "Silver Tassle" premieres in London

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Oct 11 JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • Oct 12 Cubs blow 8-0 World Series lead, A's score 10 in 1 inning
  • Oct 14 Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1 in 26th World Series
  • Oct 14 Philadelphia A's set World Series record of 10 runs in an inning
  • Oct 18 Women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law
  • Oct 20 Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)
  • Oct 22 French government of Briand falls
  • Oct 22 James H Scullin forms Australia government

Another Panic, Another Market CrashAnother Panic, Another Market Crash

Oct 24 "Black Thursday", start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%
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A victim of the Wall Street crash puts his car up for sale in a desperate bid to raise cash
A victim of the Wall Street crash puts his car up for sale in a desperate bid to raise cash
  • Oct 24 Rudy Vallee's "The Fleishmann's Yeast Hour" begins broadcasting on NBC radio
  • Oct 24 Belgian princess Marie-Jose & Italian crown prince Umberto get engaged, assassination attempt on Umberto fails

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Oct 25 Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe in the Teapot scandal - 1st US Cabinet member to go to jail

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • Oct 28 Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64
  • Oct 29 "Black Tuesday" Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the "Great Depression"
  • Oct 30 The Stuttgart Cable Car is constructed in Germany

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league halfback, coach, administrator (NSWRL, ARL, Manly-Warringah chairman), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 2 John Zochonis, British industrialist (PZ Cussons) and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • Oct 2 Kenneth Leighton, British pianist and composer, born in Wakefield, Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • Oct 2 Moses Gunn, American actor (Amityville II, Good Times, Shaft) who co-founded the Negro Ensemble Company (The Blacks, The Poison Tree), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • Oct 3 Bert Stern, American photographer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • Oct 3 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2019)
  • Oct 4 Leroy Van Dyke, Spring Fork Mo, country singer (Walk on By)
  • Oct 4 Scotty Beckett, American actor (Our Gang, Listen Darling, Battleground), born in Oakland, California (d. 1968)
  • Oct 5 Autherine Lucy, 1st African-American to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, born in Shiloh, Alabama
  • Oct 5 Richard F. Gordon Jr., American naval officer and astronaut (Gemini 11, Apol 12), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Oct 6 Les Favell, cricketer (stoic Australian batsman late 50's)
  • Oct 7 Robert Westall, British author, born in North Shields, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
  • Oct 7 Graeme Ferguson, Canadian filmmaker and executive, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 7 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Oct 8 Didi [Waldyr Pereira], Brazilian footballer, born in Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil (d. 2001)
  • Oct 11 Liselotte Pulver [Lilo Pulver], Swiss actress (One, Two, Three, Das Wirtshaus im Spessart), born in Bern, Switzerland
  • Oct 11 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Oct 12 Robert Coles, American author (Anna Freud, Pulitzer 1973), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 12 Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic television presenter, born in Reykjavik, Iceland (d. 2007)
  • Oct 12 Brian Cobby, British actor (Evita, The Nudist Story) and the first male voice of the British speaking clock, born in Brighton, East Sussex, England (d. 2012)
  • Oct 14 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, born in Baie-Sainte-Anne, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 2007)
  • Oct 16 Bill Green, (Rep-R-NY, 1978- )
  • Oct 16 Fernanda Montenegro [Arlette Torres], Brazilian actress, often described as the greatest Brazilian actress of all time (Central Station, Coce de Mãe), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Oct 16 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), born in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • Oct 17 Ram Da-Oz [Abraham Daus], Israeli composer, born in Berlin
  • Oct 18 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, president of Nicaragua (1990- )
  • Oct 19 Balbir Singh Snr., Indian field hockey centre forward (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56) and coach (World Cup gold 1975), born in Haripur Khalsa, India (d. 2020)
  • Oct 19 Dumitru Capoianu, composer
  • Oct 21 George Stinney, African-American wrongfully executed at 14 for murder, born in Pinewood, South Carolina (d. 1944)
  • Oct 21 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2018)
  • Oct 22 Giorgio Gaslini, composer
  • Oct 22 Lev Yashin, Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper (Soviet Union 1954-1967)
  • Oct 24 George H. Crumb, American composer (Pulitzer 1968-Echoes of Time and the River), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Oct 24 Jim Brosnan, American baseball player and writer (Long Season), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2014)
  • Oct 24 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), born in Kalimanitza, Montana region, Bulgaria (d. 2004)
  • Oct 24 Hubert Aquin, French-Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1977)
  • Oct 25 Peter Loader, English cricketer (England quick in 13 Tests 1954-59, later WA), born in Wallington, London
  • Oct 25 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, born in Dortmund, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Oct 25 Roger John Tayler, British astrophysicist (author of The Origin of the Chemical Elements), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1997)
  • Oct 25 LaDell Andersen, American college basketball coach (Utah State, BYU), born in Malad City, Idaho (d. 2019)
  • Oct 26 Georgette Amowitz, French choreographer and educator, born in Paris
  • Oct 26 Hans Peter Haller, German composer, born in Radolfzell, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Oct 26 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • Oct 27 Marino Iandioro, canned Tomato Pioneer
  • Oct 28 Airline Falconer, 1st child born in aircraft, in the skies above Miami, Florida
  • Oct 28 Dame Joan Plowright, British actress (Enchanted April, Brimstone & Treacle), born in Brigg, Lincolnshire
  • Oct 28 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), born in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France (d. 1988)
  • Oct 28 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)
  • Oct 31 Bud Spencer, Italian actor (Aladdin, Extralarge, Go For It), born in Borgo Santa Lucia, Naples, Italy (d. 2016)
  • Oct 31 Eddie Charlton, Australian snooker player, born in Merewether, Australia (d. 2004)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 12 US military leader George Marshall (48) weds Katherine Tupper

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 21 Bank robber Willie Sutton (28) weds Louise Leudemann

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor, dies at 67
  • Oct 1 Lee Richmond, American baseball pitcher (first ever MLB perfect game, 1880), dies at 72
  • Oct 3 Gustav Stresemann, German chancellor (Nobel Peace Prize 1926), dies of a stroke at 51
  • Oct 3 Jeanne Eagels, American actress and former Ziegfeld Girl (Rain, Under False Colors), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • Oct 4 John Metzelaar, Dutch/American writer (Report on the Fishes), dies at 37

Person of interestElijah McCoy

Oct 10 Elijah McCoy, Canadian-American inventor (57 patents), dies at 86

Inventor Elijah McCoy
Inventor
Elijah McCoy
  • Oct 12 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher/theorist, dies at 52
  • Oct 20 Rudolf Kittel, German theologist (Psalms), dies at 76
  • Oct 21 Owen Dunell, cricketer (two Tests for South Africa in 1889), dies
  • Oct 23 Thomas Frederick Tout, British historian (Manch school of historiography), dies at 74
  • Oct 24 Peter J Blok, Dutch historian, dies at 74
  • Oct 25 James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (two Tests for England 1877), dies
  • Oct 26 Arno Holz, German writer (Phantasus), dies at 66
  • Oct 28 Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer, dies at 36
  • Oct 28 Bernhard von Bülow, Chancellor of Germany, dies at 80
  • Oct 31 António José de Almeida, Portuguese politician and 6th President of Portugal (b. 1866)