On This Day

Historical Events in October 1993

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 1 In his first World Boxing Council heavyweight title defence Lennox Lewis beats fellow Londoner Frank Bruno by TKO in 7 at the National Stadium in Cardiff, Wales

  • Oct 3 "White Liars/Black Comedy" closes at Criterion NYC after 38 performances

Ostankino Tower

Oct 3 Battle at TV station Ostankino, Moscow townhall, about 25 killed

Historic Event

Oct 3 Boris Yeltsin declares state of emergency in Moscow

  • Oct 3 Harry Belafonte performs in Tivoli Copenhagen
  • Oct 3 Cleveland Indians play their final MLB game at Cleveland Stadium; lose 4-0 to Chicago White Sox Chicago
  • Oct 3 Somali General Aidids arm forces kill 18 US Rangers
  • Oct 3 Battle of Mogadishu: In an attempt to capture officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organization in Mogadishu, Somalia, 18 US Soldiers and about 1,000 Somalis are killed in heavy fighting.
  • Oct 4 Troops and tanks of President Boris Yeltsin shell and occupy the Russian White House in Moscow, the house of government of the Russian Federation
  • Oct 5 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Historic Event

Oct 5 Last honor guard at Lenin's mausoleum

  • Oct 6 Sydney Australia Stock Market index above 2000, for 1st time

Sports History

Oct 6 After 9 seasons & 3 Championships with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the NBA; returns on March 18, 1995 and leads Bulls to another 3 NBA titles

  • Oct 7 Musical "Les Miserables" opens at Meralco Theatre, Philippines
  • Oct 7 Massive Muslim demonstration in Xining, China, 12 killed

Nobel Prize

Oct 7 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American writer Toni Morrison

Historic Publication

Oct 8 Howard Stern releases his 1st book "Private Parts"

  • Oct 8 UN lifts remaining economic sanctions against South Africa
  • Oct 10 NFL Cleveland Browns' Najee Mustafaa sets club record for longest interception (97 yds)
  • Oct 10 Ferry boat leaves for west coast of South Korea, 120 killed
  • Oct 11 Norwegian Rushdie publisher William Nygaard injured in attack
  • Oct 11 US warship Harlan County anchors off Port-au-Prince Haiti
  • Oct 12 "Mixed Emotions" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 48 performances
  • Oct 12 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 13 Greek government of Papandreou forms
  • Oct 13 Mighty Ducks win their 1st NHL game
  • Oct 13 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Kary Mullis & Michael Smith
  • Oct 13 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Russel Hulse & Joseph Taylor
  • Oct 13 Captured American Pilot Mike Durant is filmed in an interview in captivity by a CNN camera crew.
  • Oct 13 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 15 Amstel brewery on Curacao produces 1,000,000,000th bottle

Appointment of Interest

Oct 16 General Omar al-Bashir appointed Sudan president

  • Oct 16 IRA bomb attack on fish & chips restaurant in Belfast, 10 killed
  • Oct 16 Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching British National Party headquarters
  • Oct 18 STS-58 (Columbia) launches into orbit
  • Oct 19 UN authorizes arms, military and police supply embargo against Haiti
  • Oct 20 Highest scoring, longest lasting World Series game - Toronto Blue Jays score 6 runs in 8th inning to defeat Philadelphia Phillies 15-14, in 4 hr-14 min slugfest at Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • Oct 21 "Twilight of the Golds" opens at Booth Theater NYC for 29 performances

Sports History

Oct 21 Gary Kasparov defeats Nigel Short for chess championship

  • Oct 21 Failed military coup in Burundi, led by ex-President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, includes assassination President Ndadaye; 525,000 Hutus flee
  • Oct 22 Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov makes record 9th space walk
  • Oct 23 Seven people killed by IRA bomb attack in Belfast
  • Oct 23 Paramilitia kills 22 demonstrators at Bijbihara in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Sports History

Oct 23 Baseball World Series: Defending champion Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6 at the SkyDome, Toronto to clinch series, 4-2; MVP: Blue Jays infielder Paul Molitor

  • Oct 24 "Wonderful Tennessee" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Oct 25 Airbus A310 of Air Nigeria hijacked, 1 dead
  • Oct 25 Canada Liberal Party and Bloc Québécois wins parliamentary election
  • Oct 25 Daryll Cullinan hits unbeaten 337 for Transvaal against Northern Transvaal, South African 1st-class cricket record score
  • Oct 26 NFL announces new expansion team, Carolina Panthers in Charlotte
  • Oct 26 NJ Devils lose 2-0 to Montreal, after winning 1st 7 games of 1993
  • Oct 27 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
  • Oct 28 Cleveland Metroparks lease Brookside Park from Cleveland for 99-years
  • Oct 28 Dutch Antilles government of Liberia-Peters resigns
  • Oct 29 Dow Jones index reaches record 3687.86
  • Oct 29 "The Sign" single released in Europe by Ace of Base
  • Oct 30 Toronto Maple Leafs lose 1st game of season after going 10-0-0
  • Oct 31 "Wonderful Tennessee" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Oct 31 25 people killed during Ghana-Ivory Coast soccer match
  • Oct 31 German unemployment hits national record of 3.5 million

Music History

Oct 31 Rapper Tupac Shakur charged with aggravated assault