Historical Events in October 2011

Appointment of Interest

Oct 1 Martin Dempsey is appointed US Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Obama

Television Premiere

Oct 2 TV spy drama "Homeland" starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis premieres on Showtime

Historic Event

Oct 4 US State Department lists Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIL) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist with a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture

  • Oct 8 Irish professional darts player Brendan Dolan plays 1st perfect 9 dart game on TV in semi-final against James Wade at PDC World Darts Championship in Dublin

Sports History

Oct 9 German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel finishes 3rd in the Japanese F1 Grand Prix to clinch his second consecutive World Drivers Championship

  • Oct 13 Italian conductor Ricardo Muti is awarded the second $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize
  • Oct 15 Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries
  • Oct 15 Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Texas Rangers beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 16 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Milwaukee Brewers, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 18 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is released by Hamas

Battle of Interest

Oct 20 The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.

  • Oct 23 7th Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Tournament favourites New Zealand edge France, 8-7; crowd 61,079
  • Oct 23 A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
  • Oct 27 MLB World Series Game 6: St. Louis Cardinal 3B David Freese hits game-tying 2 run triple with 2 outs in the 9th and then hits walk-off home run in the 11th
  • Oct 27 Royal Australian Navy announces discovery of wreck of a World War II submarine (likely Japanese) in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE
  • Oct 28 Baseball World Series: St. Louis beats Texas Rangers, 6-2 in Game 7 at Busch Stadium to win Cardinals' 11th title; MVP: Cardinals 3rd baseman David Freese
  • Oct 29 Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.

Film Premiere

Oct 30 "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Bill Condon, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres at the Rome Film Festival

Sports History

Oct 30 Czech tennis star Petra Kvitová beats Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 in the WTA Championship decider in Istanbul, Turkey

  • Oct 31 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations