On This Day

Birthdays in History in October 1931

  • Oct 1 Reginald Hall, endocrinologist
  • Oct 4 Dick Tracy, comic strip crimestopper
  • Oct 4 Terence Conran, English designer and restaurateur (Habitat), born in Esher, England (d. 2020)
  • Oct 6 Riccardo Giacconi, Italian American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize for Physics 2002 for X-ray astronomy, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2018)

Desmond Tutu

Oct 7 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa and 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, born in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa

  • Oct 11 Dorothy Woolfolk, American comic book editor (Kryptonite), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Oct 13 Janice Elliott, English novelist, born in Derby, England (d. 1995)
  • Oct 15 A. P. J. [Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen] Abdul Kalam, Indian scientist and politician, 11th President of India (2002-07), born in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu (d. 2015)
  • Oct 16 Charles W Colson, presidential adviser (Watergate figure), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Oct 17 Ernst Hinterberger, Austrian writer
  • Oct 18 Catharina I "Ien" Dales, Dutch Internal minister (1989-94)
  • Oct 19 John le Carré [pen name for David Cornwell], English novelist (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), born in Poole, England (d. 2020)
  • Oct 20 Ken Morrison, English supermarket tycoon (Morrisons), born in Bradford, England (d. 2017)
  • Oct 25 Klaus Hasselmann, German oceanographer (2021 Nobel Prize for Physics for pioneering work on climate change), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Oct 27 David Bryant, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship singles 1966, 80, 88; 4 x C'wealth Games gold singles), born in Clevedon, England (d. 2020)
  • Oct 27 Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian feminist writer and activist, born in Kafr Tahla, Egypt (d. 2021) [1]
  • Oct 30 David Wilson, British archaeologist and director of British Museum (1977-92), born in Dacre Banks, England

About October 1931

How Old? 90 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Signs: Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 22), Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)