On This Day

What Happened in October 2009

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 The International Olympic Committee votes to award Rio de Janeiro, Brazil rights to host the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics
  • Oct 2 The economic crisis in Ireland is considered to be the driving force behind the largest migration of Irish people to London in 20 years, it is reported today

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 "Stan Lee Day" declared by County of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • Oct 4 George Papandreou's Panhellenic Socialist Movement defeats Greece's governing New Democracy party in an electoral landslide.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Baltimore CC: Jay Haas wins his third and final Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Oct 5 Australia wins cricket's Champions Trophy at Centurion Park in Gauteng, South Africa by 6 wickets (28 balls remaining) v New Zealand; chasing 200, Shane Watson is 105 not out in Australia's 206/4

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 7 A digital version of psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung's 'Red Book' is published 48 years after his death and contains personal notes on his subconscious during the period in which he developed his principal theories

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Psychiatrist
Carl Jung
  • Oct 9 First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program
  • Oct 10 After closed borders for nearly two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich to open their borders
  • Oct 11 Presidents Cup Golf, Harding Park GC: US down International team, 19½–14½; their 2nd consecutive win by that score and 3rd straight overall

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Oct 18 QB Tom Brady throws five second quarter touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • Oct 18 British Mercedes driver Jenson Button finishes 5th in Brazilian Grand Prix at Autódromo José Carlos Pace to clinch his first F1 World Drivers Championship
  • Oct 21 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 21 55th National Film Awards (India): "Kanchivaram" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Oct 22 Microsoft releases Windows 7
  • Oct 23 The United Nations "Rotterdam Rules" convention regulating international maritime carriage of goods is ratified with its twentieth signature.
  • Oct 23 The UK markets had contracted by 0.4% in the third quarter against what was expected to be a period of growth, as a result of unexpectedly poor performance by the service sector
  • Oct 24 First International Day of Climate Action, organized with 350.org, a global campaign to address a claimed global warming crisis.
  • Oct 24 19th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 20-16 in South Bend (Notre Dame's first win in the series in nine years)
  • Oct 25 The 25 October 2009 Baghdad bombings kills 155 and wounds at least 721.
  • Oct 25 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 28 The 28 October 2009 Peshawar bombing kills 117 and wounds 213.
  • Oct 28 NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission, the only rocket launch for its later-cancelled Constellation program.

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 10 Ice hockey right winger Pavel Bure (38) weds model Alina Khasanova (23) in Moscow, Russia

Ice Hockey Great Pavel Bure
Ice Hockey Great
Pavel Bure
  • Oct 11 "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks (37) weds actor Geoffrey Arend (34) at the couple's favorite Il Buco restaurant in New York City

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 17 Musician Trent Reznor (44) weds vocalist Mariqueen Maandig in Los Angeles

Musician Trent Reznor
Musician
Trent Reznor

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 25 Ivanka Trump (27) weds New York Observer owner Jared Kushner (28) at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey

Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump Ivanka Trump
Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump Jared Kushner
Son-in-law and Adviser to Donald Trump
Jared Kushner

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 V. M. Muddiah, Indian cricket spin bowler (2 Tests), dies from stroke complications at 80
  • Oct 3 Queen Fatima, former Libyan queen (b. 1918)
  • Oct 3 Robert Kirby, British music arranger (Nick Drake), dies at 61
  • Oct 4 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (exponent of nueva canción), dies at 74
  • Oct 4 Günther Rall, German fighter ace (b. 1918)
  • Oct 6 Douglas Campbell, Scottish born Canadian actor (b. 1922)
  • Oct 7 Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • Oct 7 Shelby Singleton, American record label owner and producer (Smash Records, Mercury Records), dies of brain cancer at 77
  • Oct 10 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone) (b. 1976)
  • Oct 11 Veronika Neugebauer, German actress and voice actress (b. 1969)
  • Oct 12 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 34
  • Oct 12 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)
  • Oct 13 Stephen Barnett, American legal scholar who opposed the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 (b. 1935)
  • Oct 13 Roger Nixon, American composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 13 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Captain Lou Albano. American Professional Wrestler and Manager. (b. 1933)
  • Oct 17 Vic Mizzy, American composer (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family) (b. 1916)
  • Oct 18 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Howard Unruh, American spree killer (b. 1921)
  • Oct 19 Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables), dies at 91
  • Oct 22 Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)
  • Oct 22 Soupy Sales, American comedian and television personality (b. 1926)
  • Oct 26 Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)
  • Oct 26 George Na'ope, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Oct 27 David Shepherd, English cricket umpire (b. 1940)
  • Oct 30 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), dies at 100
  • Oct 31 Qian Xuesen, Chinese scientist (b. 1911)
  • Oct 31 Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman (b. 1922)