On This Day

What Happened in October 2006

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Indra Nooyi becomes the new CEO of PepsiCo
  • Oct 2 Charles Carl Roberts murders five schoolgirls in a shooting incident at an Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; he then commits suicide.
  • Oct 3 American drama series "Friday Night Lights" starring Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton premieres on NBC

Historic Communication

Oct 4 WikiLeaks is launched, created by internet activist Julian Assange

Film & TV History

Oct 7 Novaya Gazeta Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya shot and killed outside her apartment in Moscow

  • Oct 9 North Korea conducts its first nuclear test, with an estimated yield of between 0.4-2 kilotons

Television Premiere

Oct 11 US sitcom "30 Rock" created by and starring Tina Fey alongside Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan first premieres on NBC in the US

  • Oct 12 United States Postal Service designates facility in Green River, Wyoming, as the "Curt Gowdy Post Office Building," honoring the noted broadcaster

Nobel Prize

Oct 13 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to banker Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for microlending to the poor

  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 17 The United States population reaches 300 million
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat New York Mets, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 22 Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama

Sports History

Oct 22 Spanish Renault driver Fernando Alonso finishes 2nd in season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to retain Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 13 points from Michael Schumacher

Music Single

Oct 23 "Irreplaceable" single released by Beyonce (Soul Train Music Awards Best R&B/Soul Single 2007, Billboard Song of the Year 2007)

Album Release

Oct 23 "The Black Parade" 3rd studio album by My Chemical Romance is released

  • Oct 24 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act
  • Oct 24 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Venus flyby
  • Oct 27 Baseball World Series: St. Louis beats Detroit Tigers, 4-2 in Game 5 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 10th title in franchise history; MVP: Cardinals infielder David Eckstein
  • Oct 28 Funeral service for the peace of the executed at Bykivnia forest, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine, with reburial of 817 Ukrainian civilians (out of some 100,000) executed by Bolsheviks at Bykivnia in 1930s - early 1940s.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 30 Saniyya Sidney, American actress (King Richard), born in Los Angeles, California

Famous Weddings

Tim Allen

Oct 7 Comedian-actor Tim Allen (53) weds actress Jane Hajduk (39) at an outdoor ceremony in Grand Lake, Colorado

  • Oct 14 Merengue singer Melina Leon (33) weds Ruy Fernando Delgado at La Iglesia Metodista Universitaria in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Michael Flatley

Oct 14 "Celtic Tiger" choreographer Michael Flatley (48) weds fellow dancer Niamh O'Brien at St. Patrick's Church in Fermoy, Ireland

  • Oct 20 "Liberty X" member Michelle Heaton (27) weds Pop Idol's Andy Scott-Lee (26) in Hertfordshire, England

Famous Divorces

Matt LeBlanc

Oct 6 "Friends" actor Matt LeBlanc (39) divorces former model Melissa McKnight (41) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Jerald Tanner, American religious activist (b. 1938)
  • Oct 1 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), dies from cancer at 54
  • Oct 2 Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  • Oct 2 Tamara Dobson, American actress (Amazons; Cleopatra Jones), dies of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis, at 59
  • Oct 2 Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 2 Milly Vitale, Italian actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), dies at 73
  • Oct 3 Alberto Ramento, Filipina bishop (b. 1937)
  • Oct 3 John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1913)
  • Oct 3 Peter Norman, Australian track star (b. 1942)
  • Oct 4 Tom Bell, English actor on stage, television and film (b. 1933)
  • Oct 4 Oskar Pastior, Romanian-born German writer, dies at 78
  • Oct 5 Jennifer Moss, English Actress (b. 1945)
  • Oct 5 Antonio Peña, Mexican founder of lucha libre promotion AAA (b. 1953)
  • Oct 6 Puck Brouwer, Dutch athlete (b. 1930)
  • Oct 6 Eduardo Mignogna, Argentinian film director (b. 1940)

Buck O'Neil

Oct 6 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), dies at 94

  • Oct 6 Wilson Tucker, American writer (b. 1914)
  • Oct 6 Alex L. Shigo, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist, dies at 76
  • Oct 6 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Alex Shigo, American Biologist and plant pathologist known for his study of tree decay and contributions to modern arboricultural practices, dies at 76
  • Oct 7 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist and human rights activist, dies at 48
  • Oct 9 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), dies from neuroendocrine tumours at 27
  • Oct 9 Raymond Noorda, American co-founder and long time CEO of Novell (b. 1924)
  • Oct 10 Michael John Rogers, English ornithologist (b. 1932)
  • Oct 10 Ian Scott, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Oct 11 Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • Oct 11 Howard Kerzner, Chief Executive Officer of Kerzner International (b. 1964)
  • Oct 11 Benito Martínez, Haitan born Cuban who claimed to be the oldest living person at 126 (b. 1880)
  • Oct 12 Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • Oct 13 Wang Guangmei, Chinese first lady (b. 1921)
  • Oct 14 Jared Anderson, American bassist (b. 1975)
  • Oct 14 Freddy Fender [Baldemar Huerta], American rock, country and Tejano singer ("Wasted Days And Wasted Nights"; "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"; Texas Tornados - "A Man Can Cry"), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Oct 14 Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (b. 1919)
  • Oct 14 Nancy Lynn, American aviator (b. 1956)
  • Oct 14 Gerry Studds, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1973-97), first openly gay member of US Congress, dies at 69
  • Oct 15 Derek Bond, British actor (Nicholas Nickelby, Armchair Theatre), dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Valentín Paniagua Corazao, Ex President of Peru (b. 1936)
  • Oct 16 Ross Davidson, British actor (b. 1949)
  • Oct 16 Tommy Johnson, American orchestral and session tuba player (theme to "Jaws"), dies from cancer and kidney failure at 71
  • Oct 16 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)
  • Oct 17 Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  • Oct 17 Christopher Glenn, American newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 18 Mario Francesco Cardinal Pompedda (b. 1929)
  • Oct 18 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, dies at 94
  • Oct 19 James Glennon, American cinematographer, dies at 64
  • Oct 19 Phyllis Kirk [Kirkegaard], American actress (Thin Man, Red Button's Show), dies at 79

Jane Wyatt

Oct 20 Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best), dies at 96

  • Oct 20 Frank Vicari, American jazz, session, and touring saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson; Woody Herman; Tom Waits; Saturday Night Live), dies at 75
  • Oct 21 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • Oct 22 Choi Kyu-hah, President of South Korea, dies at 87
  • Oct 22 Arthur Hill, Canadian actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • Oct 22 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Oct 23 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
  • Oct 24 Enolia McMillan, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
  • Oct 24 William Montgomery Watt, Islamic studies scholar, orientalist and historian (b. 1909)
  • Oct 26 Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and museum director (b. 1924)
  • Oct 26 Tillman Franks, American country music bassist, songwriter and artist manager (Webb Pierce), dies at 86
  • Oct 27 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), dies from a brain aneurysm at 61
  • Oct 27 Brad Will, American anarchist and independent journalist (b. 1970)
  • Oct 27 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), dies from injuries suffered in a fall at 66

Red Auerbach

Oct 28 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), dies of a heart attack at 89

Trevor Berbick

Oct 28 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (WBC heavyweight champion 1986), dies from blows to the head by his nephew at 52

  • Oct 28 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter ("One Day at a Time"), dies of heart disease at 86
  • Oct 29 Mohammadu Maccido, 18th Sultan of Sokoto (b. 1928)
  • Oct 30 Junji Kinoshita, Japanese playwright (b. 1914)
  • Oct 30 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (symbolic anthropology), dies at 80

P. W. Botha

Oct 31 P. W. Botha, South African politician (President of South Africa, 1984-89; Prime Minister, 1977-84), dies at 90