On This Day

What Happened in October 1933

Historical Events

Sports History

Oct 1 New York Giants make no 1st downs, but still beat the Green Bay Packers, 10-7 in a week 3 NFL matchup at Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Oct 1 Washington Senators coach Nick Altrock plays in a MLB game at age 57 as a pinch-hitter; faces Rube Walberg of the Philadelphia A's; goes hitless in 3-0 loss

Sports History

Oct 1 Babe Ruth makes his final pitching appearance in MLB; pitches all 9 innings in a season ending 6-5 win v Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium; hits his 34th home run of the season in 5th inning

Theater Premiere

Oct 2 Eugene O'Neill's comedy play "Ah, Wilderness!" premieres in NYC

  • Oct 3 Gustave "Staf" de Clerq forms Flemish National Covenant
  • Oct 4 Esquire magazine is 1st published
  • Oct 7 Baseball World Series: NY Giants beat Washington Senators, 4-3 at Griffith Stadium to clinch 4 games to 1 series victory
  • Oct 8 Coit Tower dedicated in San Francisco as a monument to firefighters
  • Oct 8 Martinez Barrios forms new Spanish government
  • Oct 10 1st synthetic detergent, "Dreft" by Procter & Gamble, goes on sale
  • Oct 12 Alcatraz becomes a federal prison (unofficially)

Historic Event

Oct 12 John Dillinger escapes from jail in Allen County, Ohio

Historic Event

Oct 12 Gangster George Francis Barnes, aka Machine Gun Kelly, is sentenced to life imprisonment

  • Oct 13 JDJ Boularan's "Tovarich" premieres in Paris
  • Oct 13 Soccer team STEVO forms in Geesteren
  • Oct 14 Nazi Germany announces its withdrawal from the League of Nations
  • Oct 15 20th Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect: President term begins in January not March
  • Oct 15 Philadelphia Eagles play 1st NFL game, lose to NY Giants 56-0

Historic Event

Oct 17 Albert Einstein arrives in US as a refugee from Nazi Germany

  • Oct 19 Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 22 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats Spanish challenger Paulino Uzcudun on points in Rome, Italy to retain the IBU heavyweight title

  • Oct 23 John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana. They take $75, 000.

Historic Event

Oct 24 Langston Hughes' "Mulatto" premieres in NYC

  • Oct 26 French government of Albert Sarraut forms

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Olga Pozzi Escot, Peruvian-American composer and musicologist, born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 2 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 2017)
  • Oct 2 Phill Niblock, American composer, born in Anderson, Indiana

John B. Gurdon

Oct 2 John B. Gurdon, English developmental biologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012), born in Dippenhall, Hampshire

  • Oct 2 (Albert Ronald) "Ronnie" Ross, Scottish jazz and session baritone saxophonist, born in Calcutta, India (2 October 1933 (d. 1991)
  • Oct 3 Neale Fraser AO, MBE, Australian tennis player (3 x Grand Slam singles, 11 x doubles winner), and coach (Australian Davis Cup team x 4 winner), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Oct 3 Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), born in Moline, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • Oct 5 Diane Cilento, Australian actress (Agony & Ecstasy, Wicker Man), born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 2011)
  • Oct 7 Paul B. Price, American actor (Busting Loose), born in Carteret, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Oct 9 Bill Tidy, English cartoonist (Fosdyke Saga), born in Tranmere, England
  • Oct 9 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Oct 10 Daniel Massey, English actor (Vault of Horror), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • Oct 10 Gerald Masters, South African-British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • Oct 10 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist and Manson murder victim, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • Oct 12 Guido Molinari, Canadian painter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • Oct 13 Adam Kaczyński, Polish pianist and composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2010)
  • Oct 13 Raynald Fréchette, Quebec politician and judge, born in Asbestos, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Oct 17 William A Anders, Maj Gen, USAF/astronaut (Apollo 8), born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 17 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian singer-songwriter, and Dominican nun known as 'The Singing Nun' ("Dominique"), born in Laeken, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Oct 18 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), born in Birthright, TX (d. 2019)
  • Oct 18 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), born in Paris (d. 2017)
  • Oct 19 Brian Booth, Australian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 42.21, 5 x 100s, 10 x 50s; NSW), born in Bathurst, Australia
  • Oct 19 Wilfried Dietrich, German FR, super-heavyweight (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Oct 20 Barrie Chase, American dancer and actress (Cape Fear (1962); It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), born in Kings Point, New York
  • Oct 21 Georgia Brown [Lillian Getel], actress (Study in Terror, Fixer)
  • Oct 21 Francisco Gento, Spanish soccer winger (Spain 43 caps, Real Madrid 427 games) and manager (Grenada FC), born in El Astillero, Spain (d. 2022)
  • Oct 22 Donald Herod Peterson, American USAF Colonel, and NASA astronaut (STS-6), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • Oct 22 Helmut Senekowitsch, Austrian soccer forward (18 caps; Sturm Graz, First Vienna, Real Betis, Wacker Innsbruck) and manager (Austria, Athletic Bilbao, AEK), born in Graz, Austria (d. 2007)
  • Oct 23 Tom Dewdney, West Indian cricket pace bowler (WI of 50's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 24 Norman Rush, American writer (Mating), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 24 Ronald "Ronnie" Kray and Reginald "Reggie" Kray, English gangsters (the Kray twins), born in London, England
  • Oct 25 Larry J. Hopkins, American politician (Rep-R-KY, 1979-93), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 25 Ron Archer, Australian cricket all-rounder (19 Tests, 1 x 100, 48 wickets; Queensland CA), born in Highgate Hill, Queensland (d. 2007)
  • Oct 25 Roy Swetman, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper late 50's), born in Westminster, London
  • Oct 25 Eugene "Porky" Lee, American child actor (Little Rascals), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2005)
  • Oct 25 Bobby Collins Jr., American college football coach (head coach University of Southern Mississippi; Southern Methodist University), born in Laurel, Mississippi (d. 2021)
  • Oct 27 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist ("Last Date"; "On the Rebound"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • Oct 27 Valentin Boreyko, Russian rower (Olympic gold 1960), born in Leningrad (d. 2012)
  • Oct 27 Earle Wells, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold Flying Dutchman 1964), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • Oct 28 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, born in Pau Grande, Brazil (d. 1983)
  • Oct 31 Phil Goyette, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lachine, Canada

Hobart "Hobie" Alter

Oct 31 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, American surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, born in Ontario, California (d. 2014)


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Young Stribling, American boxer (vs Max Schmeling, Ring Magazine fight of the year 1931), dies in a motor cycle accident at 28
  • Oct 5 Nikolaj N Joedenitsj, Russian general/contra revolutionary, dies at 71
  • Oct 5 Renee Adoree, actress (Big Parade), dies at 35
  • Oct 5 Nikolai Nikolayevich Yudenich, Russian WWI general, dies at 71
  • Oct 6 Zakhary Petrovich Paliashvili, composer, dies at 62
  • Oct 11 Josef Hofmiller, writer, dies
  • Oct 25 Lillian Hall-Davies actress (Farmer's Wife, Ring), dies at 36
  • Oct 27 Julius Klengel, German cellist and composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Meir Shapira, rabbi/organizer (Daf Yomi), dies
  • Oct 29 Paul Painlevé, French Prime Minister (1917, 1925), dies at 69
  • Oct 29 Albert Calmette, French physician, bacteriologist and immunologist (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin), dies at 70
  • Oct 30 Guillermo M. Tomás, Cuban composer, dies at 65