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October 1933 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 3 Gustave "Staf" de Clerq forms Flemish National Covenant
  • Oct 4 Esquire magazine is 1st published
  • Oct 8 Coit Tower dedicated in San Francisco as a monument to firefighters
  • Oct 8 Martinez Barrios forms new Spanish government
  • Oct 10 1st synthetic detergent, "Dreft" by Procter & Gamble, goes on sale
  • Oct 12 Alcatraz becomes a federal prison (unofficially)

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Oct 12 John Dillinger escapes from jail in Allen County, Ohio

Gangster John Dillinger
Gangster
John Dillinger
FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis

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Oct 12 Gangster George Francis Barnes, aka Machine Gun Kelly, is sentenced to life imprisonment

  • Oct 13 JDJ Boularan's "Tovarich" premieres in Paris
  • Oct 14 Nazi Germany announces its withdrawal from the League of Nations
  • Oct 15 20th Amendment to the US Constitution goes into effect: President term begins in Jan not March

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Oct 17 Albert Einstein arrives in US as a refugee from Nazi Germany

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Oct 23 John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana. They take $75, 000

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Oct 24 Langston Hughes' "Mulatto" premieres in NYC

Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes
Poet and Playwright
Langston Hughes
  • Oct 26 French government of Albert Sarraut forms

Birthdays in History


Person of interestJohn B. Gurdon

Oct 2 John B. Gurdon, English developmental biologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012), born in Dippenhall, Hampshire

Developmental biologist John B. Gurdon
Developmental biologist
John B. Gurdon
  • Oct 9 Bill Tidy, English cartoonist (Fosdyke Saga), born in Tranmere, England
  • Oct 9 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Oct 10 Gerald Masters, South African-British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • Oct 10 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist and Manson murder victim, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • Oct 12 Guido Molinari, Canadian painter, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • Oct 13 Raynald Fréchette, Quebec politician and judge, born in Asbestos, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Oct 17 William A Anders, Maj Gen, USAF/astronaut (Apollo 8), born in Hong Kong
  • Oct 22 Donald Herod Peterson, Winona Mississippi, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6)
  • Oct 24 Norman Rush, American writer (Mating), born in San Francisco, California
  • Oct 24 Ronald "Ronnie" Kray and Reginald "Reggie" Kray, English gangsters (the Kray twins), born in London, England
  • Oct 25 Larry J. Hopkins, American politician (Rep-R-KY, 1979-93), born in Detroit, Michigan

Deaths in History

  • Oct 5 Nikolaj N Joedenitsj, Russian general/contra revolutionary, dies at 71
  • Oct 5 Nikolai Nikolayevich Yudenich, Russian WWI general, dies at 71
  • Oct 11 Josef Hofmiller, writer, dies
  • Oct 27 Meir Shapira, rabbi/organizer (Daf Yomi), dies
  • Oct 29 Paul Painlevé, French Prime Minister (1917, 1925), dies at 69
  • Oct 29 Albert Calmette, French physician, bacteriologist and immunologist (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin), dies at 70