October 1929 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 3 British Labour government recovers diplomatic relations with USSR

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Oct 3 Julius Curtius succeeds Gustav Stresemann as German foreign minister

  • Oct 3 Kingdom of Serbs, Croats & Slovenes changes name to Yugoslavia

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Oct 7 Ramsay MacDonald is first British Prime Minister to address US Congress

  • Oct 8 Mohammed Nadir Khan occupies Kabul Afghanistan and drives out Habibullah Ghazi

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Oct 9 Part of lost Piri Reis World Map, compiled by Ottoman general Piri Reis in 1513, rediscovered in the Topaki Palace Library, Istanbul. Earliest map of Columbus's voyages. [1]

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Oct 11 JC Penney opens store #1252 in Milford, Delaware, making it a nationwide company with stores in all 48 U.S. states.

  • Oct 11 Sean O'Casey's "Silver Tassle" premieres in London
  • Oct 18 Women are considered "Persons" under Canadian law
  • Oct 20 Bayshore Highway opens (San Francisco)

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Oct 22 8th French government of Aristide Briand falls

  • Oct 22 James H Scullin forms Australia government
  • Oct 24 Belgian princess Marie-Jose & Italian crown prince Umberto get engaged, assassination attempt on Umberto fails

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Oct 25 Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe in the Teapot scandal - 1st US Cabinet member to go to jail

  • Oct 28 Dow Jones plummets 38.33 pts (13%) to 260.64
  • Oct 29 "Black Tuesday" Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the "Great Depression"
  • Oct 30 The Stuttgart Cable Car is constructed in Germany

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 John Zochonis, British industrialist (PZ Cussons) and philanthropist (d. 2013)
  • Oct 3 Bert Stern, American photographer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013)
  • Oct 5 Autherine Lucy, 1st African-American to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, born in Shiloh, Alabama
  • Oct 5 Richard F. Gordon, Jr., American naval officer and astronaut (Gemini 11; Apollo 12), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2017)
  • Oct 7 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Oct 7 Robert Westall, British author, born in North Shields, United Kingdom (d. 1993)
  • Oct 8 Betty Boothroyd, English politician (1st female Speaker of the UK House of Commons 1992-2000), born in Dewsbury, England (d. 2023)
  • Oct 12 Robert Coles, American author (Anna Freud, Pulitzer 1973), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Hubert DreyfusHubert Dreyfus (1929-2017)

Oct 15 American philosopher (What Computers Can't Do), born in Terre Haute, Indiana

  • Oct 16 Bill Green, American politician (Rep-R-NY, 1978-93), born in New York City (d. 2002)
  • Oct 18 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, president of Nicaragua (1990- )
  • Oct 21 George Stinney, African-American wrongfully executed at 14 for murder, born in Pinewood, South Carolina (d. 1944)
  • Oct 21 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2018)
  • Oct 24 Hubert Aquin, French Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1977)
  • Oct 24 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), born in Kalimanitza, Montana region, Bulgaria (d. 2004)
  • Oct 25 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, born in Dortmund, Germany (d. 2008)
  • Oct 25 Roger John Tayler, British astrophysicist (author of The Origin of the Chemical Elements), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1997)
  • Oct 26 Georgette Amowitz, French choreographer and educator, born in Paris, France (d. 2008)
  • Oct 27 Marino Iandiorio, Italian canned tomato pioneer, born in Naples (d. 1994)
  • Oct 28 Airline Falconer, 1st child born in aircraft, born in the skies above Miami, Florida
  • Oct 28 John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2013)

Weddings in History

George Marshall

Oct 12 US military leader George Marshall (48) weds Katherine Tupper

Willie Sutton

Oct 21 Bank robber Willie Sutton (28) weds Louise Leudemann

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor, dies at 67

Gustav StresemannGustav Stresemann (1878-1929)

Oct 3 German chancellor (1923) who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926, dies of a stroke at 51

Elijah McCoyElijah McCoy (1844-1929)

Oct 10 Canadian-American inventor (57 patents), dies at 86

  • Oct 12 Max Ettlinger, German philosopher/theorist, dies at 52
  • Oct 20 José Batlle y Ordóñez, President of Uruguay (1899, 1903-7, 1911-15), dies at 73
  • Oct 20 Rudolf Kittel, German theologist (Psalms), dies at 76
  • Oct 22 Thomas Hastings, American architect (NY Public Library), dies at 69
  • Oct 23 Thomas Frederick Tout, British historian (Manch school of historiography), dies at 74
  • Oct 24 Moorfield Storey, American lawyer, pacifist, civil rights leader (co-founder of NAACP & president, 1909-29), dies at 84
  • Oct 24 Peter J. Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People), dies at 74
  • Oct 26 Arno Holz, German writer (Phantasus), dies at 66

Bernhard von BülowBernhard von Bülow (1849-1929)

Oct 28 Chancellor of the German Empire (1900-09), dies at 80

  • Oct 28 Hermann Ungar, Moravian writer, dies at 36
  • Oct 31 António José de Almeida, Portuguese politician and 6th President of Portugal (b. 1866)