On This Day

What Happened in October 2007

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Most of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 came into force in the United Kingdom.

Summit of Interest

Oct 2 President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea walks across the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea on his way to the second Inter-Korean Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il

  • Oct 3 South Africa's Mark Boucher breaks Ian Healy's record to become the wicketkeeper with most dismissals in Test cricket (395); stumps Umar Gul off Paul Harris in 2nd innings of 1st Test win v Pakistan in Karachi

Film Release

Oct 5 "Michael Clayton", starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and Tilda Swinton, is released

Sports History

Oct 5 After years of angry denials, triple gold medal winning American sprinter Marion Jones admits she used steroids 2000-01; pleads guilty to lying to federal investigators; announces retirement in tearful apology; medals returned to USOC

  • Oct 6 Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

Sports History

Oct 7 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: Loren Roberts wins his third of 4 Champions Tour major titles by 6 strokes from Tom Watson

  • Oct 9 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all-time high
  • Oct 9 “Low” single released by Flo Rida (Billboard Song of the Year 2008)
  • Oct 13 17th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 27-14 in South Bend

Film & TV History

Oct 14 "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" featuring Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney Kardashian premieres on the E! cable network in the US

  • Oct 15 Fox Business Network (FBN), American financial cable network is launched
  • Oct 15 17 Activists in Aotearoa New Zealand arrested in the country's first post 9/11 anti-terrorism raids across the country
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: Colorado Rockies beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 games to 0

Historic Event

Oct 17 The Dalai Lama receives the United States Congressional Gold Medal

Historic Event

Oct 18 After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto's convoy, killing over 100, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escapes uninjured.

  • Oct 19 Bomb explosion rocks Glorietta 2, a shopping mall in Makati, the Philippines killing 11, injuring more than 100 people
  • Oct 20 6th Rugby World Cup Final, Stade de France, Saint-Denis: Springboks fullback Percy Montgomery lands 4/4 penalties as South Africa beats England, 15-6

Sports History

Oct 21 Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen wins season ending Brazilian F1 Grand Prix to claim his first World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Lewis Hamilton

  • Oct 21 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 21 Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas sets NFL record for most points scored in a game (no touchdowns) with 26 in 38-36 win over the Texans at Reliant Stadium, Houston

Album Release

Oct 23 Rounder Records releases "Raising Sand", a collaborative album by American bluegrass singer Alison Krauss and British rock vocalist Robert Plant; tops the chart in Norway, peaks at #2 in US, UK, and Sweden

  • Oct 25 The first Airbus A380 passenger flight, operating for Singapore Airlines, with flight number SQ 380, flying scheduled service between Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
  • Oct 26 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 1 winners: Maryfield, Nownownow, Corinthian
  • Oct 27 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Monmouth Park; Day 2 winners: Indian Blessing, War Pass, Lahudood, Midnight Lute, Kip Deville, Ginger Punch, English Channel, Curlin
  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: Boston Red Sox beat Colorado, 4-3 in Game 4 at Coors Field, Denver to sweep the Rockies and win their 2nd title in 4 years; MVP: Boston 3rd baseman Mike Lowell
  • Oct 28 "Bee Movie" premieres in the US and the UK
  • Oct 29 Argentina elects its first female president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
  • Oct 30 "Long Road Out of Eden" 7th studio album by the Eagles is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2008)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 30 Christian Li, Chinese-Australian prodigy violinist, youngest artist (at 12) to sign contract with Decca Classics, born in Melbourne, Australia

Famous Weddings

Pamela Anderson

Oct 6 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) weds Rick Salomon (39) at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas

  • Oct 6 TV talk show host Montel Williams (51) weds American Airlines flight attendant Tara Fowler (37) on a beach in Bermuda

Emmanuel Macron

Oct 20 Future French President Emmanuel Macron (30) marries teacher Brigitte Trogneux (54)


Famous Divorces

Reese Witherspoon

Oct 5 Actress Reese Witherspoon (30) divorces actor Ryan Phillippe (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Kate Hudson

Oct 22 Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson (40) divorces actress Kate Hudson (28) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly six years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Chris Mainwaring, Australian Rules Football wing (All Australian 1991, 96; West Coast Eagles), dies from drug overdose at 41
  • Oct 1 Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (b. 1932)
  • Oct 1 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), dies of heart failure aged 71
  • Oct 1 Ned Sherrin, English broadcaster, author and stage director (b. 1931)
  • Oct 1 Ronnie Hazlehurst, English conductor and TV theme song composer (Are You Being Served?), dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Dan Keating, Irish politician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 2 Tex Coulter, American NFL defensive lineman (All Pro 1948, 51-52; Pro Bowl 1951-52; NY Giants), dies at 82
  • Oct 2 Christopher Derrick, British writer, dies at 86
  • Oct 2 George Grizzard, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor (Wrong is Right, Bachelor Party, Attica), dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Lady Katherine Brandram, Princess of Greece, the last surviving great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 94
  • Oct 3 M.N. Vijayan, Indian writer, orator, and academic
  • Oct 5 Justin Tuveri, Italian veteran of the First World War (b. 1898)
  • Oct 5 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (b. 1930)
  • Oct 6 Laza [Lazar] Ristovski, Serbian keyboardist (Smak and Bijelo Dugme), dies from multiple sclerosis at 51
  • Oct 6 Eric McCredie, Scottish pop bassist (Middle Of The Road - "Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep Cheep"), dies at 62
  • Oct 7 Norifumi Abe, Japanese motorcycle road racer, dies in road accident at 32
  • Oct 7 George E. Sangmeister, American politician (Rep-D-Illinois 1989-95), dies at 76
  • Oct 9 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (b. 1922)
  • Oct 9 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball, WKRP in Cincinnati), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 87
  • Oct 10 Mehmed Uzun, Contemporary Kurdish writer and novelist. (b. 1953)
  • Oct 11 Werner von Trapp, Austrian singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 91
  • Oct 11 David Lee "Tex" Hill, World War Two fighter pilot, flying ace, 1st American Volunteer Group (b. 1915)
  • Oct 11 Sri Chinmoy [Chinmoy Kumar Ghose], Indian guru, dies at 76
  • Oct 12 Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect (b. 1934)
  • Oct 12 Lon "Lonny" Chapman, American actor (Investigator, For the People), dies from heart disease at 87
  • Oct 13 Bob Denard, French mercenary (b. 1929)
  • Oct 13 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), dies at 64
  • Oct 14 Big Moe [Kenneth Doniell Moore], American rapper (Screwed Up Click), dies of a heart attack at 33
  • Oct 14 Frank Hauser, British theatrical director (Oxford Playhouse), dies at 85
  • Oct 16 Deborah Kerr, British actress (From Here to Eternity; The King and I; An Affair To Remember), dies from the effects of Parkinson's disease at 86
  • Oct 16 Toše Proeski, Macedonian pop music singer-songwriter and musician, dies in a car crash in Croatia at 26
  • Oct 16 Barbara West, English survivor of the Titanic sinking, dies at 96
  • Oct 17 Joey Bishop, American entertainer, member of the Rat Pack (b. 1918)
  • Oct 17 Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (Put Another Nickel In), dies at 76
  • Oct 17 Robert A. Young, American politician (Rep-D-MO, 1977-87), dies at 83
  • Oct 18 Alan Coren, English writer and satirist (b. 1938)
  • Oct 18 William J. Crowe, American admiral and ambassador (b. 1925)
  • Oct 18 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (b. 1915)
  • Oct 18 Lucky Dube, South African reggae musician, dies at 43
  • Oct 18 Kumiko Ida, Japanese classical pianist, dies of meningitis at 38
  • Oct 19 Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate, dies at 64
  • Oct 19 Michael Maidens, English footballer with Hartlepool United (b. 1987)
  • Oct 19 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor and novelist (Brief American), dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Yolanda "LaLa" Brown, American R&B singer, shot and killed by an unknown gunman at a Milwaukee recording studio at 21
  • Oct 20 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), dies at 75
  • Oct 20 Paul Raven, British bass-player (Killing Joke, Ministry), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Oct 21 Paul Fox, English musician and singer (The Ruts), dies at 56
  • Oct 21 Ronald B. Kitaj, American-British painter and graphic artist (pop art), dies at 74
  • Oct 22 Ève Curie, French author and daughter of Madame Curie, dies at 102
  • Oct 23 (Mustaf) "John" Ilhan, Turkish-Australian entrepreneur (Crazy John's mobile phones), dies of a hereditary heart condition at 42
  • Oct 23 Lim Goh Tong, Malaysian Chinese businessman (Founder of Genting Group), dies at 89
  • Oct 24 Petr Eben, Czech organ composer (b. 1929)
  • Oct 24 Alisher Saipov, Kyrgyz journalist
  • Oct 24 Ian Middleton, New Zealand novelist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 26 Nicolae Dobrin, Romanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • Oct 26 Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American TV chef (Chef Tell), dies at 63
  • Oct 26 Dr. Arthur Kornberg, American Nobel Prize laureate in 1959 for the discovery of DNA polymerase (b. 1918)
  • Oct 26 Khun Sa, Burmese warlord (b. 1934)
  • Oct 27 Pierre Janssen, Dutch art museum director, dies at 81
  • Oct 28 Porter Wagoner, American country singer, discovered Dolly Parton ("Y'All Come"; "A Satisfied Mind"), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • Oct 29 Christian d'Oriola, French fencer (4-time Olympic gold foils 1948, 52, 56), dies at 79

Robert Goulet

Oct 30 Robert Goulet, American Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, stage and screen actor (Camelot - ""If Ever I Would Leave You"), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 73

  • Oct 30 Linda Stein, Ramones manager and real estate broker, murdered by her personal assistant at 62
  • Oct 30 Washoe, chimpanzee trained in American Sign Language (b. 1965)
  • Oct 30 John Woodruff, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 92
  • Oct 31 Ray Gravell, Welsh rugby union footballer (Wales and the British Lions), dies of a heart attack at 56