On This Day

What Happened in October 2014

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 41 children are killed by a suicide bombing on the Akrameh al-Makhzumi school in Homs, Syria
  • Oct 2 15 people are killed after a gunpowder plant explodes in Gorni Lom, Bulgaria
  • Oct 2 Siege of Syrian town Kobani and its surrounds by ISIS prompts 130,00 people to flee the area
  • Oct 3 83 million accounts are compromised after a cyber attack on JP Morgan Chase & 9 other financial institutions

Music Concert

Oct 3 Blues guitarist and singer B.B. King's last live performance, at the House of Blues in Chicago

Sports History

Oct 5 Russell Crowe owned South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Canterbury Bulldogs, 30-6 to break 43 year drought and win National Rugby League (Australia) Premiership

Sports History

Oct 5 French F1 driver Jules Bianchi collides with recovery vehicle during Japanese Grand Prix, dies 10 months later; first F1 death due to racing accident in 21 years (Ayrton Senna 1994)

  • Oct 6 John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Oct 7 Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing blue light emitting diodes
  • Oct 7 Spanish nurse diagnosed with Ebola, the first case outside west Africa
  • Oct 8 The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is awarded the third $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • Oct 8 Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy
  • Oct 9 Patrick Modiano wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Oct 9 Gatwick, Heathrow and JFK airports enhance screening for the Ebola virus

Nobel Prize

Oct 10 Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Election of Interest

Oct 12 Evo Morales is re-elected President of Bolivia

  • Oct 14 Richard Flanagan's novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" wins the 2014 Man Booker Prize
  • Oct 14 World Health Organization announce Ebola virus death toll at 4,447, and the fatality rate has reached 70%

Historic Event

Oct 14 Utah State University receives terrorist threats pertaining to Anita Sarkeesian's planned lecture the following day

  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 0
  • Oct 16 New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 A working human intestine is generated in a laboratory from stem cells in the United States

Historic Event

Oct 20 Joko Widodo becomes President of Indonesia

  • Oct 20 Laquan McDonald (17) is shot dead by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while jaywalking, the murder caught on video footage
  • Oct 21 Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Election of Interest

Oct 26 Dilma Rousseff is re-elected President of Brazil

Sports History

Oct 26 American tennis star Serena Williams beats Simona Halep of Romania 6–3, 6–0 to successfully defend her WTA Finals title in Kallang, Singapore

Album Release

Oct 27 Taylor Swift releases her 5th studio album “1989” (2015 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award for Album of the Year 2016)

  • Oct 27 "Montevallo" debut album by Sam Hunt is released (American Country Countdown Award Digital Album of the Year 2016, Billboard Album of the Year 2015)
  • Oct 29 Baseball World Series: San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants' 3rd title in 5 years; MVP: SF starter Madison Bumgarner
  • Oct 30 Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks win the 2014 Japan Series

Hall of Fame

Oct 31 Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

  • Oct 31 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 1 winners: Hootenanny, Goldencents, Lady Eli, Untapable

Famous Weddings

Scarlett Johansson

Oct 1 Actress Scarlett Johansson (30) weds advertising agency owner Romain Dauriac in Philipsburg, Montana

  • Oct 18 "Glee" TV star Matthew Morrison (35) weds Renee Puente at a private home on the island of Maui
  • Oct 18 "The Vampire Diaries" actress Candice Accola (27) weds "The Fray" guitarist Joe King (34) in New Orleans, Louisiana

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 4 Paul Revere, American musician, dies from cancer at 76

Jean-Claude Duvalier

Oct 4 Jean-Claude Duvalier "Baby Doc", Haitian dictator and deposed Haitian president-for-life (1971-86) infamous for his brutality, dies of a heart attack at 63

  • Oct 4 Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 5 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie; The Wiz), dies at 84
  • Oct 6 Marian Seldes, American actress (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • Oct 9 Jan Hooks, American comedienne and actress (SNL, Designing Women), dies of throat cancer at 57
  • Oct 10 Curtis Otto Bismark Curtis-Smith, American pianist, composer, and educator, dies at 73
  • Oct 11 Mats Rondin, Swedish cellist, conductor, and educator, dies at 54
  • Oct 14 Elizabeth Peña, American actress, dies from cirrhosis at 55
  • Oct 15 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), dies at 88
  • Oct 16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72
  • Oct 16 John Spencer-Churchill, 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner, dies at 88
  • Oct 18 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer, dies of cancer at 32
  • Oct 18 Edward Regan, American Republican politician and Comptroller of New York (1979-93), dies at 84
  • Oct 19 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66
  • Oct 19 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, dies of stroke complications at 65
  • Oct 19 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), dies at 60
  • Oct 20 John Hoskyns, Policy Advisor to Margaret Thatcher (1979-82), dies at 87
  • Oct 20 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • Oct 20 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), dies at 58
  • Oct 20 Oscar de la Renta, Domincan American fashion designer (Coty Hall of Fame-1973), dies at 82

Ben Bradlee

Oct 21 Ben Bradlee, American editor, journalist, newspaper executive (Washington Post), dies at 93

  • Oct 21 Gough Whitlam, Australian politician (Prime Minister, 1972-1975), dies at 98
  • Oct 23 Alvin Stardust [Bernard Jewry], English rock singer("Jealous Mind") dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • Oct 24 Marcia Strassman, American actress (M*A*S*H; Welcome Back, Kotter - "Julie Kotter"), dies from breast cancer at 66
  • Oct 25 Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream - "White Room"), dies at 71
  • Oct 26 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player, dies at 52
  • Oct 28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • Oct 31 Käbi Laretei, Estonian-Swedish concert pianist, dies at 92