October 2011 in History

Events in History

Appointment of Interest

Oct 1 Martin Dempsey is appointed US Joint Chiefs of Staff by President Obama

Event of Interest

Oct 4 US State Department lists Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (ISIL) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist with a $10 million reward for information leading to his capture

  • Oct 15 Global protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries
  • Oct 15 Legoland Florida (the world's largest Legoland theme park) opens in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Oct 18 Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is released by Hamas
  • Oct 20 "Water by the Spoonful" play by Quiara Alegría Hudes opens at the Hartford Stage (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2012) [1]

Battle of Interest

Oct 20 The former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Moatassem Gaddafi are killed shortly after the battle of Sirte (2011) while in the custody of NTC fighters.

  • Oct 23 A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.
  • Oct 27 Royal Australian Navy announces discovery of wreck of a World War II submarine (likely Japanese) in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE
  • Oct 29 Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours.
  • Oct 31 The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations

Weddings in History

  • Oct 13 Queen consort of Bhutan Jetsun Pema (21) weds Dragon King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck (31) at Punakha Dzong in Punakha, Bhutan
  • Oct 22 Former US Senator John Edwards's daughter Cate Edwards (29) weds Trevor Upham (30) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Deaths in History

  • Oct 5 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Oct 5 American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, dies of respiratory arrest related to cancer at 56

  • Oct 7 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)
  • Oct 12 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (created C programming language, helped developed Unix), dies at 70
  • Oct 14 Reg Alcock, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • Oct 15 Matthew G. Martinez, American politician (Rep-D+R-CA, 1982-2001), dies at 82
  • Oct 17 Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world's richest people (b. 1919)
  • Oct 20 Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)

Muammar Gaddafi (1942-2011)

Oct 20 Libyan revolutionary, political theorist and dictator (1969-2011), beaten to death in captivity by a Misratan militia at about 69

  • Oct 20 Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)
  • Oct 22 Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince (2005-11), dies at 82 or 83

John McCarthy (1927-2011)

Oct 24 American computer scientist (coined the term "artificial intelligence," created the Lisp programming language), dies at 84

  • Oct 27 James Hillman, American psychologist, and educator (C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich), dies from bone cancer at 85
  • Oct 29 Jimmy Savile, British entertainer and suspected sexual predator, dies at 84
  • Oct 31 Manfred Mayrhofer, Austrian Indo-European philologist (Indo-Iranian languages), dies at 85