On This Day

What Happened in October 2010

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 20th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 31-13 in Chestnut Hill
  • Oct 3 19th Commonwealth Games open in Delhi, India
  • Oct 4 Ryder Cup Golf, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales: Europe wins 14½-13½; with scores level Irishman Graeme McDowell holds nerve to beat Hunter Mahan 3 & 1
  • Oct 5 Injured Indian cricket batsman VVS Laxman is the hero with 73 not out as the home team chases down 216 to beat Australia with just 1 wicket to spare in the 1st Test at Mohali
  • Oct 6 Phillies ace Roy Halladay pitches only the 2nd no-hitter in MLB postseason history in Game 1 NLDS, 4-0 v Cincinnati Reds
  • Oct 6 Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launch Instagram
  • Oct 10 The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved
  • Oct 10 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC Potomac: Mark O'Meara wins his lone Champions Tour major title with par on first playoff hole against Michael Allen

ChileCopiapó Mine Rescue

Oct 13 Copiapó mining accident in Chile comes to a happy end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground
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A miner kneels to pray after being rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapó
A miner kneels to pray after being rescued from the San Jose mine in Copiapó
  • Oct 22 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat New York Yankees, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 22 57th National Film Awards (India): "Kutty Srank" wins the Golden Lotus
  • Oct 23 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2

Music releaseAlbum Release

Oct 25 "Speak Now" 3rd studio album by Taylor Swift is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2011)

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift
Singer-songwriter
Taylor Swift
  • Oct 31 Belgium leaves the recession with 0.5% growth in the third quarter
  • Oct 31 Belgian tennis star Kim Clijsters beats Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6–3, 5–7, 6–3 for her 3rd season ending WTA Championship in Doha, Qatar

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 10 Actress and singer Alexa Vega (22) weds film producer Sean Covel (34) at the historical Homestake Opera House in South Dakota
  • Oct 10 Actor Dave Annable (31) weds actress Odette Yustman (25) at Twin Peaks Ranch in Ojai, California
  • Oct 10 American Idol Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox (25) weds musician Brian Walker at the Uncommon Ground Cafe in Chicago
  • Oct 10 "Blossom" actress Jenna von Oy (33) weds Dell computer data consultant Brad Bratcher (39) in Newtown, Connecticut

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 23 Singer-songwriter Katy Perry (25) weds actor-comedian Russell Brand (35) at luxury resort Aman-i-Khas in Northern India

Pop Star Katy Perry
Pop Star
Katy Perry
Comedian Russell Brand
Comedian
Russell Brand

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 8 Musician Ben Harper (40) divorces actress Laura Dern (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Actress Laura Dern
Actress
Laura Dern
  • Oct 29 Country singer Randy Travis (51) divorces manager Lib Hatcher due to state of incompatibility exists between the two parties after 19 long years of marriage. One of country music's longest-lasting couples

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Ian Buxton, English football forward (Derby County) and cricket all-rounder (Derbyshire captain), dies at 72
  • Oct 1 Audouin Dollfus, French Astronomer (discovered Janus, a moon of Saturn), dies at 85
  • Oct 2 Kwa Geok Choo, wife of Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew (b. 1920)
  • Oct 3 Ben Mondor, Canadian baseball executive (International League Executive of the Year 1978, 99), dies at 85
  • Oct 3 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), dies at 88
  • Oct 4 Norman Wisdom, English comedian (Kraft Music Hall, Trouble In Store), dies at 95
  • Oct 5 Bernard Clavel, French novelist (b. 1923)
  • Oct 5 Mary Leona Gage, American beauty pageant winner and actress (b. 1939)
  • Oct 5 Steve Lee, Swiss musician and vocalist (Gotthard) (b. 1963)
  • Oct 6 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor and singer (b. 1966)
  • Oct 6 Colette Renard, French actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 6 David Rowbotham, Australian poet and journalist, dies at 86
  • Oct 7 Antonie Kamerling, Dutch actor (b. 1966)
  • Oct 7 Milka Planinc, Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (1982-86), dies at 85
  • Oct 7 T Lavitz, American musician (b. 1956)
  • Oct 8 Frank Bourgholtzer, American television correspondent (b. 1919)
  • Oct 10 Solomon Burke [McDonald], American soul singer (Cy to Me), dies at 70
  • Oct 10 Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian operatic soprano (b. 1926)
  • Oct 12 Woody Peoples, American football player (b. 1943)
  • Oct 12 Belva Plain, American novelist (b. 1919)
  • Oct 13 Vernon Biever, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • Oct 14 Simon MacCorkindale, English actor (Falcon Crest, Manimal), dies of bowel cancer at 58
  • Oct 14 Benoît Mandelbrot, Polish-French-American mathematician (proved Zipf's law), dies at 85
  • Oct 15 Richard C. Miller, American photographer (b. 1912)
  • Oct 15 Mildred Fay Jefferson, American physician and pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • Oct 15 Johnny Sheffield, American actor (Boy-Tarzan Finds a Son), dies at 79
  • Oct 16 Barbara Billingsley, American actress (Leave it to Beaver), dies at 94
  • Oct 16 Eyedea, American rapper (Eyedea & Abilities) (b. 1981)
  • Oct 18 Marion Brown, American jazz musician (b. 1931)
  • Oct 19 Tom Bosley, American actor (Howard-Happy Days, Murder She Wrote, Fiorello!), dies at 83

Person of interestBob Guccione

Oct 20 Bob Guccione, American publisher (Penthouse magazine), dies at 79

Publisher Bob Guccione
Publisher
Bob Guccione
  • Oct 20 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 20 Farooq Leghari, 8th President of Pakistan (1993-97), dies at 70
  • Oct 20 Harvey Phillips, American tubist (NYC Ballet Orchestra), dies at 80
  • Oct 23 Francis Crippen, American long-distance swimmer (b. 1984)
  • Oct 23 Leo Cullum, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), dies at 68
  • Oct 24 Lamont Johnson, American television director (b. 1922)
  • Oct 24 Joseph Stein, American playwright (Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 98
  • Oct 25 Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Oct 25 Vesna Parun, Croatian poet (b. 1922)
  • Oct 25 Lisa Blount, American actress and producer (b. 1957)
  • Oct 26 Glen "Frosty" Little, American circus clown (b. 1925)
  • Oct 26 Mbah Maridjan, Mount Merapi gatekeeper (b. 1927)
  • Oct 26 Romeu Tuma, Brazilian politician (b. 1931)
  • Oct 27 Owen B Pickett, American politician (Rep-D-Virginia 1987-2001), dies at 80
  • Oct 27 Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician, President of Argentina (2003-2007), dies of heart failure at 60
  • Oct 27 Denise Borino, American actress (b. 1964)
  • Oct 27 James Wall, American actor and stage manager (b. 1917)
  • Oct 28 James MacArthur, American actor (Danny Williams-Hawaii 5-0), dies at 72
  • Oct 28 Gerard Kelly, Scottish actor (b. 1959)
  • Oct 28 Jonathan Motzfeldt, Greenlander statesman (b. 1938)
  • Oct 28 Ehud Netzer, Israeli archaeologist (b. 1934)
  • Oct 28 Liang Congjie, Chinese environmentalist (b. 1932)
  • Oct 29 George Hickenlooper, American documentary filmmaker, dies at 47
  • Oct 30 Harry Mulisch, Dutch writer (b. 1927)
  • Oct 31 Maurice Lucas, American basketball player (b. 1952)
  • Oct 31 Theodore Sorensen, American lawyer and special counsel to John F. Kennedy (b. 1928)
  • Oct 31 Theodore Sorenson, American presidential advisor to JFK and author (Kennedy), dies at 82