October 1936 in History

Events in History

Event of Interest

Oct 1 Generalissimo Francisco Franco establishes state of Spain

  • Oct 2 1st alcohol power plant forms, Atchison, Kansas
  • Oct 2 Amsterdam's Calvinist Churches reject Nazism
  • Oct 2 French franc devalued, relatively late and after Britain (1931) and the US (1933)
  • Oct 4 Italian lire devalued
  • Oct 5 The Jarrow March sets off for London

Event of Interest

Oct 9 Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles

  • Oct 11 "Professor Quiz" first radio quiz show premieres
  • Oct 13 Explosion caused by leaking gas rips out section 12 of Cleve Stadium

Event of Interest

Oct 16 Jean Batten reaches Auckland, New Zealand after flying solo from Kent, England in a record 11 days and 45 minutes

  • Oct 19 HR Ekins of "NY World-Telegram" beats 2 other reporters in a race around the world on commercial flights, by 18½ days
  • Oct 20 Spanish government moves to Barcelona
  • Oct 22 1st commercial flight from mainland to Hawaii

Statue of Liberty

Oct 28 FDR rededicates Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary

  • Oct 31 The Boy Scouts of the Philippines formed

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 C, Gordon Fullerton, American USMC Colonel, and NASA astronaut (STS-3; STS-51-F), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2013)
  • Oct 2 Johnnie Cochran, American attorney (O.J. Simpson defense attorney), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • Oct 2 Roger Sainsbury, Anglican Bishop of Barking
  • Oct 4 Sally Mary Caroline Belfrage, writer

Václav HavelVáclav Havel (1936-2011)

Oct 5 Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), born in Prague

  • Oct 6 Rob Touber [Robert J Noordervliet], cabaret director (Capers)
  • Oct 7 Gennadi Mikhailovich Kolesnikov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Dauriya, Russia
  • Oct 8 Rona Barrett, American gossip columnist (Tomorrow Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 10 Gerhard Ertl, German surface chemist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2007), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Oct 13 Elizabeth Furse, American politician (first naturalized American born in Africa to win election to the United States Congress), born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • Oct 13 John Menzies, Scottish publisher and multi-millionaire
  • Oct 16 Akira Machida, Japanese judge
  • Oct 16 Andrei Chikatilo, Soviet-Russian serial killer who murdered at least 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990, born in Yabluchne, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 1994)
  • Oct 17 David Hobson, American politician (Rep-R-Ohio 1991-2009), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Oct 17 Hiroo Kanamori, Japanese seismologist

James BevelJames Bevel (1936-2008)

Oct 19 American civil rights activist (Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Direct Action), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi

  • Oct 19 Johnetta Betsch Cole, educator/president (Spellman College)/(Sen-D-KY)
  • Oct 19 Sylvia Browne, American author and self-proclaimed medium dubbed "America's most controversial psychic", born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2013)
  • Oct 21 James H "Simon" Gray, English playwright (Butley)

Bobby SealeBobby Seale (86 years old)

Oct 22 American political and civil rights activist (Black Panther Party) and author, born in Liberty, Texas

  • Oct 22 John Blashford-Snell, British Army officer (founded Operation Raleigh), born in Hereford, England
  • Oct 22 Neville E Alexander, South african (10 years in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • Oct 23 Philip Kaufman, American director (Right Stuff, Henry & June), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 24 Annelien Kappeyne van de Coppello, Dutch politician (VVD)
  • Oct 25 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), born in London, England
  • Oct 28 Horst Antes, German painter and sculptor, born in Heppenheim, Germany
  • Oct 31 Sergei Nikolayevich Gaidukov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Zhuravka, Voronezh, Russia (d. 2008)

Weddings in History

  • Oct 6 Diana Mitford marries Oswald Mosley in the house of Joseph Goebbels with Adolf Hitler as a guest

Deaths in History

  • Oct 5 J. Slauerhoff, Dutch poet, writer and ship's doctor (Seaman's Grave), dies of ill health at 38
  • Oct 8 William Henry Stark, American timber industry leader, dies ta 85
  • Oct 12 Edwin Blashfield, American painter who decorated the dome of Library of Congress, dies at 87
  • Oct 19 Lu Xun, Chinese writer of modern Chinese literature, dies at 55
  • Oct 20 Anne Sullivan [Johanna Macy], American teacher who educated Helen Keller, dies at 70
  • Oct 25 Jaime de Magalhães Lima, Portuguese author and poet (Salmos do Prisoneiro), dies at 76
  • Oct 26 Bob Dellemijn, Lourdes-ganger/Franco-volunteer, dies in battle at 18
  • Oct 29 Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer (Don Quixote & Celestine), dies at 61
  • Oct 30 Lorado Taft, American sculptor (Black Hawk), dies at 76