October 1938 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Germany annexes Sudetenland (1/3 of Czechoslovakia) following the Munich Agreement
  • Oct 7 Germany requires all Jewish passports be stamped with letter J

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 G Kaufman & Moss Hart's "Fabulous Invalid" premieres in NYC

Playwright Moss Hart
Playwright
Moss Hart
  • Oct 10 Germany completes its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland
  • Oct 14 Nazis plan Jewish ghettos for all major cities
  • Oct 15 Robert Sherwoods "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 21 Japanese troops occupies Canton
  • Oct 22 Chester Carlson demonstrates 1st Xerox copying machine
  • Oct 24 US forbids child labor in factories
  • Oct 25 Japanese troops occupies Hankou & Wuhan
  • Oct 27 DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called "nylon"
  • Oct 28 Farewell parade of International Brigade (Barcelona)
  • Oct 31 Great Depression: In an effort to try restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public.

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Lloyd Turner, journalist (Daily Express), born in Australia (d. 1996)
  • Oct 3 Dave Obey, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin), born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma
  • Oct 3 Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Peruvian economist and 66th President of Peru (2016-present), born in Lima, Peru
  • Oct 4 Kurt Wüthrich, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Oct 5 Teresa Heinz Kerry, American philanthropist (wife of John Kerry), born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese East Africa
  • Oct 6 Serge Nubret, French bodybuilder
  • Oct 8 Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky, born in Canning, Ontario, Canada
  • Oct 9 Heinz Fischer, Austrian politician (11th President of Austria), born in Graz, Austria
  • Oct 10 Marcus Jan Adriani, biologist and director (Weevers' Duin) (d. 1995)
  • Oct 10 Toby Roth, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin), born in Strasburg, North Dakota
  • Oct 10 Daidō Moriyama, Japanese photographer, born in Ikeda, Osaka
  • Oct 13 Hugo Young, British journalist (The Guardian), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2003)
  • Oct 14 John Dean, American attorney and former White House counsel (Watergate figure), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 14 Farah Pahlavi, Queen consort of Iran (1959-61), born in Tehran, Iran
  • Oct 16 Carl Gunter Jr, Louisiana State Representative (d. 1999)

Person of interestEvel Knievel

Oct 17 Robert "Evel" Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), born in Butte, Montana (d. 2007)

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Oct 19 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader
  • Oct 20 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (d. 2006)
  • Oct 23 John Heinz, (Sen-R-PA, 1977- )
  • Oct 26 Charles W Stenholm, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1979-2005), born in Stamford, Texas
  • Oct 27 Maurice Hinchey, American politician (Rep-D-New York), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 28 David Dimbleby, English television commentator
  • Oct 28 Anne Perry, English-born novelist

Person of interestEllen Johnson-Sirleaf

Oct 29 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia (2006 -) and the first elected female head of state in Africa, born in Monrovia, Liberia

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 23 SS Officer Amon Göth (29) weds Anny Geiger on a civil ceremony

SS Officer Amon Göth
SS Officer
Amon Göth

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • Oct 5 Saint Faustina, Polish saint (b. 1905)
  • Oct 13 E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (b. 1894)
  • Oct 18 Karl J Kautsky, Austrian marxist/socialist, dies
  • Oct 24 Ernst Barlach, German writer and artist, dies at 68
  • Oct 27 Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet/critic, dies at 57