On This Day

What Happened in October 1993

Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 1 In his first World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence Lennox Lewis beats fellow Londoner Frank Bruno by TKO in 7 at the National Stadium in Cardiff, Wales

  • Oct 3 "White Liars/Black Comedy" closes at Criterion NYC after 38 performances

Ostankino Tower

Oct 3 Battle at TV station Ostankino, Moscow townhall, about 25 killed

Historic Event

Oct 3 Boris Yeltsin declares state of emergency in Moscow

  • Oct 3 Harry Belafonte performs in Tivoli Copenhagen
  • Oct 3 Cleveland Indians play their final MLB game at Cleveland Stadium; lose 4-0 to Chicago White Sox Chicago
  • Oct 3 Somali General Aidids arm forces kill 18 US Rangers
  • Oct 3 Battle of Mogadishu: In an attempt to capture officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organization in Mogadishu, Somalia, 18 US Soldiers and about 1,000 Somalis are killed in heavy fighting.
  • Oct 4 Troops and tanks of President Boris Yeltsin shell and occupy the Russian White House in Moscow, the house of government of the Russian Federation
  • Oct 5 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Historic Event

Oct 5 Last honor guard at Lenin's mausoleum

  • Oct 6 Sydney Australia Stock Market index above 2000, for 1st time

Sports History

Oct 6 After 9 seasons & 3 Championships with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the NBA; returns on March 18, 1995 and leads Bulls to another 3 NBA titles

  • Oct 7 Musical "Les Miserables" opens at Meralco Theatre, Philippines
  • Oct 7 Massive Muslim demonstration in Xining, China, 12 killed

Nobel Prize

Oct 7 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American writer Toni Morrison

Historic Publication

Oct 8 Howard Stern releases his 1st book "Private Parts"

  • Oct 8 UN lifts remaining economic sanctions against South Africa
  • Oct 10 NFL Cleveland Browns' Najee Mustafaa sets club record for longest interception (97 yds)
  • Oct 10 Ferry boat leaves for west coast of South Korea, 120 killed
  • Oct 11 Norwegian Rushdie publisher William Nygaard injured in attack
  • Oct 11 US warship Harlan County anchors off Port-au-Prince Haiti
  • Oct 12 "Mixed Emotions" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 12 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 13 Greek government of Papandreou forms
  • Oct 13 Mighty Ducks win their 1st NHL game
  • Oct 13 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Kary Mullis & Michael Smith
  • Oct 13 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Russel Hulse & Joseph Taylor
  • Oct 13 Captured American Pilot Mike Durant is filmed in an interview in captivity by a CNN camera crew.
  • Oct 13 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 15 Amstel brewery on Curacao produces 1,000,000,000th bottle

Appointment of Interest

Oct 16 General Omar al-Bashir appointed Sudan president

  • Oct 16 IRA bomb attack on fish & chips restaurant in Belfast, 10 killed
  • Oct 16 Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching British National Party headquarters
  • Oct 18 STS-58 (Columbia) launches into orbit
  • Oct 19 UN authorizes arms, military and police supply embargo against Haiti
  • Oct 20 Highest scoring, longest lasting World Series game - Toronto Blue Jays score 6 runs in 8th inning to defeat Philadelphia Phillies 15-14, in 4 hr-14 min slugfest at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • Oct 21 "Twilight of the Golds" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 29 performances

Sports History

Oct 21 Gary Kasparov defeats Nigel Short for chess championship

  • Oct 21 Failed military coup in Burundi, led by ex-President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, includes assassination President Ndadaye; 525,000 Hutus flee
  • Oct 22 Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov makes record 9th space walk
  • Oct 23 Seven people killed by IRA bomb attack in Belfast
  • Oct 23 Paramilitia kills 22 demonstrators at Bijbihara in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Sports History

Oct 23 Baseball World Series: Defending champion Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6 at the SkyDome, Toronto to clinch series, 4-2; MVP: Blue Jays infielder Paul Molitor

  • Oct 24 "Wonderful Tennessee" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Oct 25 Airbus A310 of Air Nigeria hijacked, 1 dead
  • Oct 25 Canada Liberal Party and Bloc Québécois wins parliamentary election
  • Oct 25 Daryll Cullinan hits unbeaten 337 for Transvaal against Northern Transvaal, South African 1st-class cricket record score
  • Oct 26 NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte
  • Oct 26 NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993
  • Oct 27 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
  • Oct 28 Cleveland Metroparks lease Brookside Park from Cleveland for 99-years
  • Oct 28 Dutch Antilles government of Liberia-Peters resigns
  • Oct 29 Dow Jones index reaches record 3687.86
  • Oct 29 "The Sign" single released in Europe by Ace of Base
  • Oct 30 Toronto Maple Leafs lose 1st game of season after going 10-0-0
  • Oct 31 "Wonderful Tennessee" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Oct 31 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match
  • Oct 31 German unemployment hits national record of 3.5 million

Music History

Oct 31 Rapper Tupac Shakur charged with aggravated assault

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Tara Lynne Barr, American actress
  • Oct 3 Lindsay Fabes, actor (Charlie Winthrop-Another World)
  • Oct 8 Angus T. Jones, American actor (Two and a Half Men), born in Austin, Texas
  • Oct 8 Garbiñe Muguruza, Spanish tennis player (French Open 2016, Wimbledon 2017; WTA Finals 2021), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Oct 8 Bubba Wallace, American NASCAR racer, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Oct 9 Joy Crookes, British-Irish-Bangladeshi singer-songwriter, born in Lambeth, London, England
  • Oct 13 Tiffany Trump, daughter of Donald Trump & Marla Maples, born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Oct 16 Caroline Garcia, French tennis player (French Open doubles 2016), born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Oct 21 Kane Brown, American country music singer-songwriter (Experiment), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Oct 23 Fabinho [Fábio Tavares], Brazilian footballer (Liverpool), born in Campinas, Brazil
  • Oct 25 Xander Schauffele, American golfer (British Open 2018, US Masters 2019 runner-up), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 30 Marcus Mariota, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2014, U of Oregon; NFL: Tennessee Titans), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Oct 31 Letitia Wright, English actress (Black Panther), born in Georgetown, Guyana

Famous Weddings

Spike Lee

Oct 2 Filmmaker Spike Lee weds attorney Tonya Lewis

  • Oct 3 Evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (52) weds Roe Messner (58)
  • Oct 8 Queen Elizabeth's nephew Viscount Linley (32) weds Serena Stanhope (24) at St. Margaret’s Church in London
  • Oct 10 Ted Kennedy Jr (32) weds psychiatrist Katherine Gershman (34)

Don Shula

Oct 16 NFL coach Don Shula (63) weds second wife Mary Anne Stephens at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Miami Beach

  • Oct 22 Actor James Coburn (65) weds Paula Murad (37)

Famous Divorces

  • Oct 15 Guardian Angel Lisa Evers Sliwa files for divorce from Curtis Sliwa

Darryl Strawberry

Oct 15 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (31) divorces Lisa Andrews after more than 8 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Reizl Bozyk, Polish/American actress (Crossing Delancey), dies at 79
  • Oct 1 Janine Darcey, French actress (Priez pour nous), dies at 75
  • Oct 1 Joseph Warren, actor (Gift of Love, Urban Warriors), dies at 77
  • Oct 2 Henry Ringling North, circus owner (Ringling Bros Circus), dies at 83
  • Oct 2 William Berger, Austrian American actor (Face to Face, Adventure of Hercules), dies of prostate cancer at 65
  • Oct 2 Ahmed Abdul-Malik [Jonathan Tim, Jr.], American jazz double bassist and oud player (Odetta; Thelonius Monk), dies at 66
  • Oct 3 Johan Scheps, Dutch politician (Social Democratic), dies at 93
  • Oct 3 Sgt. First Class Randy Shughart, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 35
  • Oct 3 Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 33
  • Oct 4 Fran Carlon, dies of cancer at 80
  • Oct 4 Jim Holton, Scottish soccer defender (15 caps; Manchester United, Coventry City), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • Oct 5 Jane Nigh, American actress (Lorelei-Big Town, Blue Blood, Rawhide), dies at about 67
  • Oct 5 Karl Gordon Henize, American astronomer and NASA astronaut (STS-51-F), dies of high altitude pulmonary edema during an expedition on Mount Everest at 66
  • Oct 6 Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot, committed suicide at 44
  • Oct 7 Agnes de Mille, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning dancer and choreographer (Rodeo; Oklahoma!), dies at 88
  • Oct 7 Cyril Cusack, South African actor (Day of the Jackal, Fahrenheit 451), dies of neuron disease at 82
  • Oct 7 Kenneth Nelson, American actor (Henry Aldrich-Aldrich Family), dies at 63
  • Oct 8 Manke Nelis [Cornelis Pieters], Dutch singer (Aunt Saar), dies at 73
  • Oct 9 C. R. Rangachari, Indian cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Geert de Vlaeminck, Belgian champion cyclist, dies at 26
  • Oct 10 Catherine Collard, French concert pianist (Schumann; Brahms), and teacher, dies of cancer at 46
  • Oct 10 Djillali Belkhenchir, Algerian doctor, murdered at 52
  • Oct 10 Owen Saunders, English mathematician and mechanical engineer, dies at 89
  • Oct 11 Jess Thomas, American tenor known for his singing in Richard Wagner operas, dies at 66
  • Oct 12 Leon Ames, American actor (Mister Ed, Father of the Bride), dies from a stroke at 91
  • Oct 12 Tofik Bakhramov, Russian footballer (b. 1926)
  • Oct 13 Gwen Wells, American actress (Nashville), dies of cancer at 42
  • Oct 14 Bertie Clarke, West Indian cricketer (6 wkts for WI in 1939), dies at 75
  • Oct 14 Guy Malary, Haitian lawyer/minister of Justice, murdered at 50
  • Oct 14 Mustafa Abada, Algerian TV director, murdered
  • Oct 14 Walter Brown Newman, American screenwriter (Cat Ballou), dies at 77
  • Oct 15 Ken E. Jones, musician (New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra), dies of AIDS at 34
  • Oct 16 John Bowles, president (Rexall Drugs), dies at 76
  • Oct 17 Frank J Del Giudice, US industrial designer (Boeing 747), dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologist/antifascist, dies at 84
  • Oct 17 Wim van Dooren, theologist/humanist/philosopher, dies
  • Oct 17 Criss Oliva, American musician (Savatage), dies at 30
  • Oct 18 Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered at 63
  • Oct 18 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • Oct 18 Smail Yefsah, Algerian TV journalist, murdered at 31
  • Oct 19 Bert Schoofs, table tennis star, dies at 48
  • Oct 19 Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered
  • Oct 19 Jack Roy Armstrong, English historian (Traditional buildings), dies at 91
  • Oct 20 Maurice Dolbier, American actor and author (Nowhere Near Everest; The Bus That Nobody Loved), dies at 81
  • Oct 20 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese Nihonga style painter, and designer, dies on his 84th birthday
  • Oct 21 Assad Saftawi, Palestinian co-founder of al-Fatah, murdered at 58
  • Oct 21 Irving Torgoff, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 75
  • Oct 21 Melchior Ndadaye, 1st Hutu President of Burundi (1993), murdered at 40
  • Oct 21 Sam Zolotow, US theater critic (NY Times), dies at 94
  • Oct 21 Scott Heiser, US photographer (Interview), dies at 44
  • Oct 21 James Leo Herlihy, American novelist (Midnight Cowboy), commits suicide at 66
  • Oct 22 Elie A Cohen, physician (held in Auschwitz), dies at 84
  • Oct 22 Fred C Shapiro, American journalist (Tiananmen-square 1989), dies at 62
  • Oct 22 Jiří Hájek, Czech politician and diplomat, dies at 80
  • Oct 22 Luis Felipe Ramón y Rivera, Venezuelan musician and composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 24 Ben Scholtens, historian (Gaama Duumi), murdered at 39
  • Oct 24 Desmond Nuttall, English theorist, dies at 49
  • Oct 24 Tonino Nardi, Italian cinematographer (Porte Manifest), dies at 54
  • Oct 25 Francisco Velis, El Salvador guerilla leader (FMLN), murdered
  • Oct 25 Mary C Lawton, jurist (CIA's Agency Seal Medallion), dies at 58
  • Oct 25 Philip P. Cohen, American medical researcher, dies at 85
  • Oct 25 Vincent Price, American actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • Oct 25 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 54
  • Oct 26 Absolutely Nobody [David Powers], Wash lt-gov candidate, dies at 37
  • Oct 26 H Hardenberg, writer, dies
  • Oct 26 Harold Rome, American musical theater composer (Fanny; Pins and Needles), dies at 85
  • Oct 28 Carmino Baelen, Belgian sleder, dies at 22
  • Oct 28 Doris Duke, American heiress (American Tobacco Company), philanthropist (Independent Aid; Doris Duke Foundation), and socialite,, dies of cardiac arrest following a stroke at 80
  • Oct 29 Raymond Lockhart, TV director (Huntley Brinkley Report), dies at 65
  • Oct 29 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), dies at 92
  • Oct 30 Hernan Heleno Castro, El Salvadorian guerilla leader, murdered
  • Oct 30 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian Archbishop of Montreal, dies at 82
  • Oct 31 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/art dealer, commits suicide at 52
  • Oct 31 Edwin A Walker, US Maj-Gen, dies of lung cancer at 84