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)

Person of interestDesmond Tutu

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

Anglican Archbishop and Activist Desmond Tutu
Anglican Archbishop and Activist
Desmond Tutu
  • 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, English novelist
  • Oct 20 Ken Morrison, English supermarket maginate/multi-millionaire
  • 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
  • Oct 30 David Wilson, British archaeologist and director of British Museum (1977-92), born in Dacre Banks, England

About October 1931

How Old? 88 or 89 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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