On This Day

October 1993 in History

Events in History

Ostankino Tower

Oct 3 Battle at TV station Ostankino, Moscow townhall, about 25 killed

Historic Event

Oct 3 Boris Yeltsin declares state of emergency in Moscow

  • Oct 3 Harry Belafonte performs in Tivoli Copenhagen
  • Oct 3 Somali General Aidids arm forces kill 18 US Rangers
  • Oct 3 Battle of Mogadishu: In an attempt to capture officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organization in Mogadishu, Somalia, 18 US Soldiers and about 1,000 Somalis are killed in heavy fighting.
  • Oct 4 Troops and tanks of President Boris Yeltsin shell and occupy the Russian White House in Moscow, the house of government of the Russian Federation
  • Oct 5 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC

Historic Event

Oct 5 Last honor guard at Lenin's mausoleum

  • Oct 6 Sydney Australia Stock Market index above 2000, for 1st time
  • Oct 7 Massive Muslim demonstration in Xining, China, 12 killed

Nobel Prize

Oct 7 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American writer Toni Morrison

Historic Publication

Oct 8 Howard Stern releases his 1st book "Private Parts"

  • Oct 8 UN lifts remaining economic sanctions against South Africa
  • Oct 10 Ferry boat leaves for west coast of South Korea, 120 killed
  • Oct 11 Norwegian Rushdie publisher William Nygaard injured in attack
  • Oct 11 US warship Harlan County anchors off Port-au-Prince Haiti
  • Oct 13 Greek government of Papandreou forms
  • Oct 13 Nobel prize for chemistry awarded to Kary Mullis & Michael Smith
  • Oct 13 Nobel prize for physics awarded to Russel Hulse & Joseph Taylor
  • Oct 15 Amstel brewery on Curacao produces 1,000,000,000th bottle

Appointment of Interest

Oct 16 General Omar al-Bashir appointed Sudan president

  • Oct 16 IRA bomb attack on fish & chips restaurant in Belfast, 10 killed
  • Oct 16 Anti-Nazi riot breaks out in Welling in Kent, after police stop protesters approaching British National Party headquarters
  • Oct 18 STS-58 (Columbia) launches into orbit
  • Oct 19 UN authorizes arms, military and police supply embargo against Haiti
  • Oct 21 Failed military coup in Burundi, led by ex-President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza, includes assassination President Ndadaye; 525,000 Hutus flee
  • Oct 22 Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Serebrov makes record 9th space walk
  • Oct 23 Seven people killed by IRA bomb attack in Belfast
  • Oct 23 Paramilitia kills 22 demonstrators at Bijbihara in Indian-controlled Kashmir
  • Oct 25 Airbus A310 of Air Nigeria hijacked, 1 dead
  • Oct 25 Canada Liberal Party and Bloc Québécois wins parliamentary election
  • Oct 27 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
  • Oct 28 Cleveland Metroparks lease Brookside Park from Cleveland for 99-years
  • Oct 28 Dutch Antilles government of Liberia-Peters resigns
  • Oct 29 Dow Jones index reaches record 3687.86
  • Oct 31 German unemployment hits national record of 3.5 million

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 13 Tiffany Trump, daughter of Donald Trump & Marla Maples, born in West Palm Beach, Florida

Weddings in History

  • Oct 3 Evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (52) weds Roe Messner (58)
  • Oct 8 Queen Elizabeth's nephew Viscount Linley (32) weds Serena Stanhope (24) at St. Margaret’s Church in London
  • Oct 10 Ted Kennedy Jr (32) weds psychiatrist Katherine Gershman (34)

Divorces in History

  • Oct 15 Guardian Angel Lisa Evers Sliwa files for divorce from Curtis Sliwa

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Henry Ringling North, circus owner (Ringling Bros Circus), dies at 83
  • Oct 3 Johan Scheps, Dutch politician (Social Democratic), dies at 93
  • Oct 3 Sgt. First Class Randy Shughart, American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 35
  • Oct 3 Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 33
  • Oct 4 Fran Carlon, dies of cancer at 80
  • Oct 5 Karl Gordon Henize, American astronomer and NASA astronaut (STS-51-F), dies of high altitude pulmonary edema during an expedition on Mount Everest at 66
  • Oct 6 Larry Walters, American "lawn chair" pilot, committed suicide at 44
  • Oct 10 Djillali Belkhenchir, Algerian doctor, murdered at 52
  • Oct 10 Owen Saunders, English mathematician and mechanical engineer, dies at 89
  • Oct 14 Guy Malary, Haitian lawyer/minister of Justice, murdered at 50
  • Oct 14 Mustafa Abada, Algerian TV director, murdered
  • Oct 16 John Bowles, president (Rexall Drugs), dies at 76
  • Oct 17 Frank J Del Giudice, US industrial designer (Boeing 747), dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologist/antifascist, dies at 84
  • Oct 17 Wim van Dooren, theologist/humanist/philosopher, dies
  • Oct 18 Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered at 63
  • Oct 18 Smail Yefsah, Algerian TV journalist, murdered at 31
  • Oct 19 Dionisio Herrero, Spanish air force general, murdered
  • Oct 19 Jack Roy Armstrong, English historian (Traditional buildings), dies at 91
  • Oct 20 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese Nihonga style painter, and designer, dies on his 84th birthday
  • Oct 21 Assad Saftawi, Palestinian co-founder of al-Fatah, murdered at 58
  • Oct 21 Melchior Ndadaye, 1st Hutu President of Burundi (1993), murdered at 40
  • Oct 21 Sam Zolotow, US theater critic (NY Times), dies at 94
  • Oct 21 Scott Heiser, US photographer (Interview), dies at 44
  • Oct 21 James Leo Herlihy, American novelist (Midnight Cowboy), commits suicide at 66
  • Oct 22 Elie A Cohen, physician (held in Auschwitz), dies at 84
  • Oct 22 Fred C Shapiro, American journalist (Tiananmen-square 1989), dies at 62
  • Oct 22 Jiří Hájek, Czech politician and diplomat, dies at 80
  • Oct 24 Ben Scholtens, historian (Gaama Duumi), murdered at 39
  • Oct 24 Desmond Nuttall, English theorist, dies at 49
  • Oct 25 Francisco Velis, El Salvador guerilla leader (FMLN), murdered
  • Oct 25 Mary C Lawton, jurist (CIA's Agency Seal Medallion), dies at 58
  • Oct 25 Philip P. Cohen, American medical researcher, dies at 85
  • Oct 25 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 54
  • Oct 26 Absolutely Nobody [David Powers], Wash lt-gov candidate, dies at 37
  • Oct 26 H Hardenberg, writer, dies
  • Oct 28 Carmino Baelen, Belgian sleder, dies at 22
  • Oct 28 Doris Duke, American heiress (American Tobacco Company), philanthropist (Independent Aid; Doris Duke Foundation), and socialite,, dies of cardiac arrest following a stroke at 80
  • Oct 29 Raymond Lockhart, TV director (Huntley Brinkley Report), dies at 65
  • Oct 30 Hernan Heleno Castro, El Salvadorian guerilla leader, murdered
  • Oct 30 Paul Grégoire, French Canadian Archbishop of Montreal, dies at 82
  • Oct 31 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/art dealer, commits suicide at 52
  • Oct 31 Edwin A Walker, US Maj-Gen, dies of lung cancer at 84