On This Day

Historical Events in October 1924

  • Oct 1 1st Dutch airliner, the Fokker F.VII takes off from Amsterdam for Batavia (Java)

World Record

Oct 1 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs world record 4 mile (19:15.4) & 5 mile (24:06.2)at Vilpuri, Russia

  • Oct 1 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis bans NY Giants outfielder Jimmy O'Connell & coach Cozy Dolan from World Series after they attempt to bribe Phillies shortstop Heinie Sand
  • Oct 2 League of Nations approves protocols of Geneva
  • Oct 3 King Hussein of Hedzjaz abdicts throne
  • Oct 4 New York Giants became first team to play in 4 consecutive World Series; win Game 1, 4-3 at Griffith Field; lose series, 4-3 in manager John McGraw's 9th and final WS appearance
  • Oct 5 1st Little Orphan Annie-strip appears in NYC Daily News
  • Oct 7 Greek government of Dikalekopoulis forms

Historic Event

Oct 8 British Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald falls to Conservatives

  • Oct 10 Baseball World Series: Washington Senators edge NY Giants, 4-3 in 12 innings in Game 7 at Griffith Stadium to take series, 4-3; Sens' first World Series victory
  • Oct 11 Bureau of Surrealist Research opens in Paris, directed by Antonin Artaud, resource centre for surrealist writers
  • Oct 12 Sokolnicheskaya Radio begins broadcasting from Moscow

Historic Event

Oct 13 Mecca falls without struggle to Saudi forces led by Abdulaziz Ibn Saud

  • Oct 14 Arnold Schoeberg's opera "Die Gluckliche Hand" premieres in Vienna

Statue of Liberty

Oct 15 US President Calvin Coolidge declares Statue of Liberty a national monument

Historic Publication

Oct 15 André Breton publishes his "Surrealist Manifesto" with Éditions du Sagittaire in Paris

Sports History

Oct 18 Harold "Red" Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs)

  • Oct 18 Notre Dame beats Army 13-7, NY Hearld Tribune dubs them (4 Horsemen)
  • Oct 19 General Christian Worker's union demands 8 hr work day in Belgium
  • Oct 20 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0
  • Oct 21 KLM Fokker's F7 H-NACC departs to Dutch East Indies
  • Oct 22 Toastmasters International is founded
  • Oct 24 Christian General Feng Joe Siang occupies Beijing
  • Oct 24 Nobel prize for physiology or medicine awarded to Dutchman Willem Einthoven "for his discovery of the mechanism of the electrocardiogram"
  • Oct 27 The Uzbek SSR is founded in the Soviet Union
  • Oct 28 French-Russian trade agreement signed
  • Oct 28 White Sox beat NY Giants 8-4 in Dublin, less than 20 fans attend

Scientific Discovery

Oct 28 Miner M.de Bruin discovers the infant fossil skull, "Taung child" in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species, Australopithecus africanus.

  • Oct 29 Musical revue "Dixie to Broadway" opens at Broadhurst Theater

Election of Interest

Oct 29 Labour minority government loses British parliamentary election to Conservatives led by Stanley Baldwin

  • Oct 31 World Savings Day announced in Milan, Italy, by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks)