On This Day

What Happened in October 1946

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 12 Nazi war criminals sentenced to death in Nuremberg
  • Oct 1 St. Louis Cardinals beats Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2 in first MLB play-off game for a league championship (NL); St Louis wins series, 2-0

Baseball Record

Oct 1 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller claims his MLB record 348th strikeout of season in a 4-1 win v Detroit; record stands for 19 years

  • Oct 2 1st network soap opera "Faraway Hill" begins broadcasting on DuMont Television Network
  • Oct 5 "Yours Is My Heart" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 36 performances
  • Oct 5 1st Cannes Film Festival ends
  • Oct 5 Newcastle United equals English Football League record for biggest winning margin in a 13-0 thrashing of Newport in a Division 2 match at St. James' Park; Len Shackleton scores 6, Charlie Wayman 4 for the Toon
  • Oct 6 90°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in Oct
  • Oct 6 US President Harry Truman questions Great Britain Jews about Palestine
  • Oct 7 Charles Ives' 2nd string quartet premieres
  • Oct 8 Military plane crashes at Christian HBS, 24 die
  • Oct 9 First electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50

Historic Event

Oct 9 Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" premieres in NYC

  • Oct 10 Max Frisch' "Die Chinesische Mauer" premieres in Zurich
  • Oct 11 New York Yankees trade infielder Joe Gordon to Cleveland Indians for pitcher Allie Reynolds
  • Oct 14 Netherland & Indonesia sign cease fire
  • Oct 15 Baseball World Series: St Louis Cardinals beat Boston Red Sox, 4-3 at Sportsman's Park to clinch series, 4 games to 3; Cards 6th championship

Nuremberg Trials

Oct 16 10 Nazi leaders are hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg war trials, including Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Alfred Jodl

Music Premiere

Oct 18 Aaron Copland's 3rd Symphony premieres

  • Oct 20 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs NY Giants
  • Oct 22 2 British ships sink near Albania
  • Oct 23 UN General Assembly 2nd session convenes (1st NYC-Flushing Meadows)
  • Oct 24 Netherlands & Indonesia sign cease fire
  • Oct 24 A camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket, launched from Whites Sands US, takes the first photograph of earth from outer space.
  • Oct 27 Georgi Domitrovs National Front wins Bulgaria elections (78%)
  • Oct 28 German rocket engineers begin work in USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Ewa Klobukowska, Polish athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1964), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Oct 2 Jo-El Sonnier, American country singer (Louisiana), born in Rayne, Louisiana
  • Oct 2 Roger Jett, American actor (Smithereens), born in Cumberland, Maryland
  • Oct 2 Eric Peterson, Canadian actor (Street Legal), born in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Oct 3 Bob Dotson, newscaster (Primetime Sunday), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Oct 3 Tristan Keuris, Dutch composer (Sinfonia), born in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • Oct 3 Biff Henderson, American television personality
  • Oct 3 P.P. Arnold [Patricia Ann Cole], American soul singer (Ike and Tina Turner revue; "The First Cut Is The Deepest"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 4 André Bolhuis, Dutch field hockey player, coach and administrator (World Cup gold 1973; president Dutch Field Hockey Federation; chairman Dutch Olympic Committee), born in Zeist, Netherlands

Susan Sarandon

Oct 4 Susan Sarandon, American actress (Dead Man Walking, The Client) also known for her social and political activism, born in Queens, New York

  • Oct 4 Chuck Hagel, American politician
  • Oct 5 Richard Kermode, American rocker (Kozmic Blues Band), born in Wyoming (d. 1996)
  • Oct 5 Zahida Hina, Pakistani columnist, born in Sahasram, Bihar, British India
  • Oct 5 Jean Perron, Canadian ice hockey coach, born in Saint-Isidore-d'Auckland, Quebec, Canada
  • Oct 5 Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, American Appalachian moonshiner, bootlegger, and how-to book author (Me and My Likker), born in Maggie Valley, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • Oct 6 Gary Gentry, baseball player (NY Mets)

Tony Greig

Oct 6 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, born in Queenstown, South Africa (d. 2012)

  • Oct 6 Millie Small, Jamaican ska singer, and songwriter ("My Boy Lollipop"), born in Clarendon, Jamaica (d. 2020)
  • Oct 6 Eddie Villanueva, JIL Spiritual Director, Owner of ZOE Broadcasting Network
  • Oct 6 Lloyd Doggett, American attorney and politician (US Representative, Democrat, Texas), born in Austin, Texas
  • Oct 6 Vinod Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (Mera Gaon Mera Desh), born in Peshawar (d. 2017)
  • Oct 7 Bernard Lavilliers [Oulion], French jazz singer and songwriter, born in Saint-Étienne, France
  • Oct 7 Pengiran Anak Saleha, Queen of Brunei, born in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
  • Oct 7 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Oct 8 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 2011)
  • Oct 8 Aleksandr Gorshkov, Soviet ice dancer (holds 6 titles, Olympic gold 1976), born in Moscow
  • Oct 8 Jean-Jacques Beineix, French film director (Betty Blue, Diva), born in Paris, France
  • Oct 8 Dennis Kucinich, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 8 Brian Lockwood, English rugby league utility forward (16 Tests GB, 3 England; Castleford, Canterbury-Bankstown, Balmain, Wakefield Trinity, Hull KR), born in Oldham, England
  • Oct 10 Ben Vereen, American actor and dancer (Pippin; Roots; Webster; Tenspeed and Brown Shoe), born in Miami, Florida
  • Oct 10 Charles Dance, British actor (Alien 3; Game Of Thrones; Jewel in the Crown), born in Redditch, Worcestershire
  • Oct 10 Franco Malerba, Italian astronaut (STS 46), born in Genoa, Italy
  • Oct 10 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Hello in There"; "Angel From Montgomery"; "Summer's End"), born in Maywood, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Oct 10 Peter Mahvolich, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens), born in Timmins, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 10 Mildred Grieveson, English writer (Leopard in the Snow), born in England
  • Oct 10 Naoto Kan, Japanese politician (61st Prime Minister of Japan), born in Ube, Yamaguchi, Japan
  • Oct 10 Chris Tarrant, English TV presenter (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?), born in Reading, Berkshire, England
  • Oct 10 Willard White, Jamaican-British operatic bass baritone, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Oct 11 Felton Perry, American actor (Magnum Force, Sudden Death), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 11 Gary Mallaber, American drummer (The Steve Miller Band - "Abracadbra"; "The Joker"), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Oct 11 Sawao Kato, Japanese gymnast (8 Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76), born in Gosen, Japan
  • Oct 11 Daryl Hall [Hohl], American rocker, soul singer and songwriter (Hall & Oates - "Sara Smile"; "She's Gone"), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 11 Oba Chandler, American convicted murderer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Oct 12 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), born in Mumbai, India (d. 2008)
  • Oct 12 Daryl Runswick, British composer, arranger, musician, producer and educator, born in Leicester, England
  • Oct 13 Bram Vermeulen, Dutch singer (Neerlands Hoop), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Demond Wilson, American actor (Sanford & Son, Baby I'm Back), born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • Oct 13 Lacy J. Dalton, American country singer ("Crazy Blue Eyes"), born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania [1]
  • Oct 13 Edwina Currie, British politician (C), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 13 Dorothy Moore, American blues, gospel, and R&B singer ("Misty Blue"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Oct 14 Justin Hayward, English vocalist (Moody Blues - "Nights in White Satin"), born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England
  • Oct 14 James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach, born in Anderson, South Carolina
  • Oct 14 Craig Venter, American biotechnologist and geneticist (involved with the first draft sequence of the human genome), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Oct 14 Al Oliver, American baseball outfielder (7-time MLB All Star; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Portsmouth, Ohio
  • Oct 14 Dan McCafferty, Scottish rock vocalist (Nazareth - "Love Hurts"), born in Dunfermline, Scotland
  • Oct 15 Richard Carpenter, American pop pianist, songwriter, arranger, and producer (The Carpenters - "Close to You"), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Oct 15 Victor Banerjee, Indian actor (A Passage to India), born in Calcutta, India
  • Oct 15 Stewart Stevenson, Scottish National Party politician, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Oct 16 Tariq Yunus, Indian actor (Bollywood; Ashanti; Deceivers), born in Karachi, India (d. 1994)
  • Oct 16 Suzanne Somers, San Bruno California, actress (3's Company, Step by Step)
  • Oct 17 Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter/actor (Olympic gold 1968, "Soap"), born in Pomona California
  • Oct 17 James Ray "Jim" Tucker, American rock guitarist (Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 17 Vicki Hodge, actress (Confessions of a Sex Maniac), born in London, England
  • Oct 17 Sir Cameron Mackintosh, British stage producer
  • Oct 17 Adam Michnik, Polish activist
  • Oct 17 Drusilla Modjeska, Australian writer and editor
  • Oct 17 Michael Hossack, American rock drummer (The Doobie Brothers), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • Oct 17 Herb Orvis, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (University of Colorado; NFL: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Colts), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • Oct 18 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter
  • Oct 18 Howard Shore, Canadian television and film composer (Lord of the Rings trilogy; 1st music director of Saturday Night Live), born in Toronto, Canada
  • Oct 19 Bob Holland, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner at age 38)
  • Oct 19 Philip Pullman, English writer
  • Oct 19 Kenneth Washington, African-American actor (Sgt Richard Baker-Hogan's Heroes, Westworld)
  • Oct 20 Elfriede Jelinek, Austrian novelist, poet, and playwright (Nobel Prize for Literature, 2004 -The Piano Teacher), born in Mürzzuschlag, Austria
  • Oct 20 Lucien Van Impe, Belgian cyclist (winner Tour de France 1976), born in Mere, Belgium
  • Oct 21 Lee Loughnane, American horn player and songwriter (Chicago), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois
  • Oct 21 Jim Hill, American sportscaster
  • Oct 21 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Oct 21 Phil Ryan, Welsh keyboardist and composer (Man, Pete Brown), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2016)
  • Oct 21 Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), born in Puente del Arzobispo, Spain (d. 2020)
  • Oct 21 Tetsu Yamauchi, Japanese rock bass guitarist (Free; The Faces), born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Oct 22 Richard Loncraine, director (Missionary, Deep Cover, Bellman & True)
  • Oct 22 Kelvin MacKenzie, British media tycoon
  • Oct 22 Claude Charron, French Canadian politician and TV personality
  • Oct 23 Gerda Havertong, Surinam-Dutch singer and actress (Sesame Street), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Oct 23 Miklos Nemeth, Hungarian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Oct 23 Mel Martinez, American politician (Senator-R-Florida 2005-9), born in Sagua La Grande, Cuba
  • Oct 24 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), born in Oshawa, Ontario (d. 1993)
  • Oct 24 John Bettis, American lyricist ("Top Of The World"; "Crazy For You"; "Slow Hand"), born in Long Beach, California
  • Oct 25 Peter Lieberson, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2011)
  • Oct 26 Keith Hopwood, British rock guitarist (Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter"), born in Davyhulme, Manchester, England
  • Oct 26 Maureen Anderman, American actress (Once Upon a Family, Rupture Fatale), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 26 Pat Sajak, American TV host (Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak Show), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 26 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), born in Juana Díaz (d. 2015)
  • Oct 27 Ivan Reitman, Slovak-Canadian director and producer (Stripes; Ghostbusters; Dave; Private Parts), born in Komárno, Slovakia (d. 2022)
  • Oct 27 Peter Martins, Danish dancer and choreographer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Oct 27 Leslie Byrne, American politician (Rep-D-Virginia), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Oct 27 Steven R. Nagel, American astronaut, USAF (STS 51-G, 61-A, 37, 55), born in Canton, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • Oct 27 Terry J. Hart, American astronaut (STS 41C), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 28 Wim Jansen, Dutch soccer utility (65 caps; Feyenoord 415 games) and manager (SC Lokeren, Feyenoord, Celtic), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2022)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Barney Oldfield, American auto racer (International Motorsports Hall of Fame; first to drive at 60mph on circular track), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Oct 8 Rose Melville, American stage actress (Sis Hopkins) dies at 73
  • Oct 11 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, dies at 35
  • Oct 12 Joseph W Stilwell, US general (China), dies

Hermann Goering

Oct 15 Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichmarshal, poisons himself in prison at 53

ExecutionAlfred Jodl

Oct 16 Alfred Jodl, German general during World War II (head of the German High Command, signed unconditional Nazi surrender), hanged by Allied forces after the Nuremberg trials at 56

  • Oct 16 Alfred Rosenberg, German war criminal, hanged
  • Oct 16 Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian chancellor (1930s), hanged at 54
  • Oct 16 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian Nazi (SS/SD), hanged at 43
  • Oct 16 Fritz Sauckel, German Nazi General of Labor, hanged at 51
  • Oct 16 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), dies at 78

ExecutionHans Frank

Oct 16 Hans Frank, German Nazi Governor General of Occupied Poland, hanged by Allied forces after the Nuremberg war trials at 46

  • Oct 16 Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal, hanged

ExecutionWilhelm Keitel

Oct 16 Wilhelm Keitel, Nazi Military Leader (head of the German High Command), is hanged at Nuremberg at 64