On This Day

October 1990 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 10,000 Uganda RPF rebels move into Rwanda
  • Oct 1 Meteorite explodes above Pacific Ocean

Historic Event

Oct 1 US President George H. W. Bush at UN, condemns Iraq's takeover of Kuwait

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

Historic Event

Oct 1 Serbs in Croatia proclaim autonomy

President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman
President of Croatia
Franjo Tuđman

Historic Event

Oct 1 Saddam Hussein says he may be willing to negotiate the occupation of Kuwait and would consider foreign participation in negotiations

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein
  • Oct 2 WW2 Allied nations cede any remaining rights as occupiers of Germany
  • Oct 2 Chinese plane explodes, about 100 die
  • Oct 2 US Senate votes 90-9 to confirm David Souter's appointment to Supreme Court
  • Oct 2 Radio Berlin International's final transmission (links to Deutsche Welles of West Germany); final song is "The End" by Doors
  • Oct 3 Reunification of East and West Germany. West German flag is raised above the Brandenburg Gate on the stroke of midnight.
  • Oct 4 Regional elections held in East Germany
  • Oct 5 Cincinnati jury acquits art gallery of obsentity (Mappelthorpe photos)
  • Oct 6 US 67th manned space mission STS 41 (Discovery 11) launches into orbit
  • Oct 6 Solar Polar Orbiter 'Ulysses' launched
  • Oct 7 Israel begins handing out gas masks to its citizens
  • Oct 8 Israeli police kill 17 Palestinian rioters
  • Oct 8 US doctors Joseph E Murray & E Donnall Thomas win Nobel Prize
  • Oct 9 David Hackett Souter, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
  • Oct 9 Saddam Hussein threatens to hit Israel with a new missile
  • Oct 10 US 67th manned space mission STS 41 (Discovery 11) returns from space
  • Oct 10 American Petroleum Institute (API) reports crude inventories dropped by more than 4 MMB in the last week
  • Oct 11 Center for Urban archaeology opens in NYC South Street Seaport Museum
  • Oct 11 Mexican writer Octavio Paz is awarded the Nobel Prize for literature
  • Oct 11 Oil hits a record $40.42 per barrel
  • Oct 11 Libya's Qadhafi says Israel must be eliminated
  • Oct 11 UK Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd says force would be used if Iraq does not withdraw from Kuwait
  • Oct 12 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 13 First Russian Orthodox service in over 70 years held in St Basil's Cathedral, in Red Square, Moscow
  • Oct 13 Target Center, a multi-purpose arena in Minneapolis officially opens

Nobel Prize

Oct 15 Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Oct 16 Reds beat A's 7-0, ending Oakland's 10-game post-season winning streak
  • Oct 16 US forces reach 200,000 in Persian Gulf
  • Oct 19 HCA, Helsinki Citizens Assembly, forms in Prague
  • Oct 20 3 members of 2 Live Crew acquitted on obsenity charges in Florida
  • Oct 20 Antiwar protest marches begin in 20 US cities (US-Iraq)
  • Oct 21 The first Apple Day, is held in Covent Garden, London.
  • Oct 23 Iraq announces release of 330 French hostages
  • Oct 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 25 NY Daily News goes on strike (lasts through March, 1991)
  • Oct 25 "40-Hour Week" 9th studio album by Alabama is re-released (original release 1985)
  • Oct 27 Supreme Soviet of Kirghiz SSR chooses Askar Akayev as republic's first president.
  • Oct 29 30 die in a (5.7) earthquake in Algeria
  • Oct 30 Britain and France complete the "Chunnel" under the English Channel
  • Oct 31 Pakistan make 3-0 drubbing of NZ, Waqar Younis 29 series wkts

Weddings in History

Rand Paul

Oct 20 US Senator Rand Paul (27) weds freelance writer Kelley Ashby

US Senator Rand Paul
US Senator
Rand Paul

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Curtis E LeMay, USAF General/VP candidate, dies at 83
  • Oct 3 Stefano Casiraghi, Italian speedboat racer, businessman and husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, dies at 30
  • Oct 5 Meir Kahane, American founder of the Jewish Defense League, assassinated at 58
  • Oct 7 J Teengs Gerritsen, resistance fighter, dies
  • Oct 7 Juan Jose Arevalo, President of Guatemala (1945-51), dies
  • Oct 10 Michael A Salcido, dies at 39
  • Oct 10 Tom Murton, American penologist (b. 1928)
  • Oct 10 Irene Mayer Selznick, American socialite and theatrical producer (Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire"), dies at 83
  • Oct 11 Douglas Edwards, WW II correspondent, dies of cancer at 73
  • Oct 12 Rifaat Maghub, president Egyptian MP, murdered
  • Oct 12 Tom Carvel, Greek born American ice cream mogul (Carvels), dies at 84
  • Oct 13 Lê Ðức Thọ, Vietnamese revolutionary general, politician and negotiator in Paris (1975), dies at 78

Ralph Abernathy

Oct 17 Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), dies of a blood clot at 64

Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • Oct 20 Bridget Bate Tichenor (born Bridget Pamela Arkwright Bate), Mexican surrealist painter dies at 72
  • Oct 23 Louis Althusser, French philosopher, dies
  • Oct 27 Elliott Roosevelt, son of FDR, dies at 80
  • Oct 27 Princess Sophie von Hohenberg, daughter of assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria (b. 1901)
  • Oct 27 Jacques Demy, French director (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), dies of AIDS at 59
  • Oct 28 Nobutaka Shikanai, Japanese media CEO (Fujisankei Communications Group), dies of liver failure at 78 [1]
  • Oct 29 William French Smith, American lawyer, US Attorney General (1980-5), dies at 73 of cancer
  • Oct 30 Craig Russell, Canadian female impersonator, dies of an AIDS-stroke at 42
  • Oct 31 Graig Russel, Canadian travel expert/transvestite, dies
  • Oct 31 Hugh McPhillips, dies at 70