2014 – Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States to be diagnosed with Ebola, dies.
1974 – Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it is the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.
1928 – Joseph Szigeti gives the first performance of Alfredo Casella's Violin Concerto.
1921 – KDKA in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field conducts the first live broadcast of a football game.
1918 – World War I: In action near Pittem, Belgium, USMC 2nd Lieutenant aviator Ralph Talbot of Weymouth, Massachusetts becomes the first-ever USMC aviator to earn the Medal of Honor.
1918 – World War I: In the Argonne Forest in France, United States Corporal Alvin C. York kills 28 German soldiers and captures 132, for which he is awarded the Medal of Honor.
1912 – First Balkan War begins: Montenegro declares war against the Ottoman Empire.
1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Perryville: Union forces under General Don Carlos Buell halt the Confederate invasion of Kentucky by defeating troops led by General Braxton Bragg at Perryville, Kentucky.
1806 – Napoleonic Wars: Forces of the British Empire lay siege to the port of Boulogne in France by using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve.
1645 – Jeanne Mance opened the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the first lay hospital in North America.
1573 – End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in Eighty Years' War.
451 – At Chalcedon, a city of Bithynia in Asia Minor, the first session of the Council of Chalcedon begins (ends on November 1).
1997 – Bella Thorne, American actress. Annabella Avery Thorne (born October 8, 1997) is an American actress, singer, director, and former child model.
1993 – Darrell Wallace, Jr., American race car driver. Darrell Wallace is a former Canadian Football League player.
1993 – Molly Quinn, American actress and producer. Molly Caitlyn Quinn (born October 8, 1993) is an American actress whose work includes theatre, film, and television.
1987 – Taylor Price, American football player. He played college football at Ohio University.
1985 – Bruno Mars, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor. Mars is accompanied by his band, The Hooligans, who play a variety of instruments, such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums, and horns, and also serve as backup singers and dancers.
1984 – Domenik Hixon, American football player. Domenik Hixon (born October 8, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver and return specialist in the National Football League (NFL).
1980 – Nick Cannon, American actor, rapper, and producer. He acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost a Thing and Roll Bounce.
1979 – Gregori Chad Petree, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Gregori Chad Petree (born Shawnee, Oklahoma) is a musician who is best known as co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the American, new wave/indie/rock band Shiny Toy Guns.
1977 – Jamie Marchi, American voice actress, director, and screenwriter. She is known for her role as Cana Alberona in the famous anime, Fairy Tail.
1974 – Kevyn Adams, American ice hockey player and coach. Kevyn William Adams (born October 8, 1974) is an American former professional ice hockey center in the National Hockey League who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Phoenix Coyotes and the Chicago Blackhawks, and is also a former Associate Coach for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League.
1973 – Jim Fairchild, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Fairchild has released solo material under the name All Smiles.
1972 – Terry Balsamo, American guitarist and songwriter. Terry Philip Balsamo II (born October 8, 1972) is an American musician, songwriter, and guitarist who is best known as the former guitarist of the American rock bands Cold and Evanescence.
1971 – Monty Williams, American basketball player and coach. Montgomery Eli Williams (born October 8, 1971) is an American professional basketball coach and a former player and executive who is the head coach for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1970 – Matt Damon, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Damon has received various accolades, including an Academy Award from five nominations, two Golden Globe Awards from eight nominations, and has been nominated for three British Academy Film Awards and seven Emmy Awards.
1970 – Sisaundra Lewis, American singer-songwriter and producer. She was a contestant on season 6 of the US series The Voice as a member of Blake Shelton's team.
1969 – Dylan Neal, Canadian-American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for his portrayal of the character Dylan Shaw on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, Doug Witter on Dawson's Creek, and Detective Mike Celluci in the supernatural series Blood Ties.
1969 – Jeremy Davies, American actor. He won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2012 for his portrayal of Dickie Bennett in the FX series Justified.
1968 – CL Smooth, American rapper and producer. CL Smooth (born Corey Brent Penn, Sr., October 8, 1968, New Rochelle, New York) is an American rapper.
1968 – Emily Procter, American actress. Calleigh Duquesne in the CBS police procedural drama CSI: Miami (2002–12).
1967 – Teddy Riley, American singer-songwriter and producer. Edward Theodore Riley (born October 8, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist credited with the creation of the new jack swing genre. (Riley credits Barry Michael Cooper for giving it its name.)
1966 – Art Barr, American wrestler (d. 1994), was an American professional wrestler. While he wrestled briefly for World Championship Wrestling, he found his greatest success in Mexico's Asistencia Asesoría y Administración promotion.
1966 – Karyn Parsons, American actress and producer. Parsons also starred in the 1995 film Major Payne opposite Damon Wayans.
1965 – C. J. Ramone, American singer-songwriter and bass player. Christopher Joseph Ward (born October 8, 1965), better known as C.
1965 – Matt Biondi, American swimmer and coach. Matthew Nicholas Biondi (born October 8, 1965) is an American former competition swimmer, eleven-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in five events.
1964 – CeCe Winans, American singer-songwriter. Priscilla Marie Winans Love, known professionally as CeCe Winans, /ˈwaɪnænz/ (born October 8, 1964) is an American gospel singer, who has sold over 12 million records worldwide and won 12 Grammy Awards.
1961 – Ted Kooshian, American pianist and composer. Ted Kooshian (born October 8, 1961) is an American jazz pianist, keyboardist, and composer who has performed with Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Marvin Hamlisch, Edgar Winter, Sarah Brightman, Il Divo, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
1960 – Reed Hastings, American businessman, co-founded Netflix. Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. (born October 8, 1960) is an American entrepreneur.
1959 – Carlos I. Noriega, Peruvian-American colonel and astronaut. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel.
1959 – Daniel Ribacoff, Brazilian-American polygraph examiner. Daniel David "Dan" Ribacoff (/ˈrɪbəkɒf/; born October 8, 1959) is a Brazilian born American polygraph examiner and private investigator who often appears on NBC/Universal’s The Steve Wilkos Show.
1959 – Nick Bakay, American actor, producer, and screenwriter. He played Karl on the Fox series 'Til Death as well as serving as a producer of the show until it was cancelled by Fox.
1959 – Tommy Armour III, American golfer. Thomas Dickson Armour III (born October 8, 1959) is an American professional golfer.
1958 – Bret Lott, American journalist, author, and academic. Bret Lott (born October 8, 1958) is the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books and professor of English at the College of Charleston.
1958 – Ruffin McNeill, American football player and coach. He was previously the assistant head coach and defensive line coach at the University of Virginia.
1958 – Steve Coll, American journalist and author. Luce Professor of Journalism.
1956 – Janice E. Voss, American engineer and astronaut (d. 2012), was an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. Voss received her B.S. in engineering science from Purdue University, her M.S. in electrical engineering from MIT, and her PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.
1956 – Jeff Lahti, American baseball player, was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He is an alumnus of Portland State University.
1955 – Bill Elliott, American race car driver. William Clyde Elliott (born October 8, 1955), also known as Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, or Million Dollar Bill, is an American former professional stock car racing driver.
1955 – Darrell Hammond, American comedian and actor. He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2009, and has been its announcer since 2014.
1955 – Lonnie Pitchford, American singer and guitarist (d. 1998), was an American blues musician and instrument maker from Lexington, Mississippi, United States. He was notable in that he was one of only a handful of young African American musicians from Mississippi who had learned and was continuing the Delta blues and country blues traditions of the older generations.
1952 – Edward Zwick, American director, producer, and screenwriter. He has worked primarily in the comedy-drama and epic historical film genres, including About Last Night, Glory, Legends of the Fall, and The Last Samurai.
1951 – Shannon C. Stimson, American philosopher, historian, and theorist. Stimson (born October 8, 1951) is an American political theorist and historian of ideas, whose more recent work and teaching spans the economic and political thought of the early modern period through the nineteenth century.
1950 – Robert "Kool" Bell, American singer-songwriter and bass player. He is the founding member of the American funk band, Kool & the Gang.
1949 – Ashawna Hailey, American computer scientist and philanthropist (d. 2011). Ashawna Hailey (October 8, 1949 – October 14, 2011), created the HSPICE program which large parts of the worldwide semiconductor industry use to simulate and design silicon chips.
1949 – Jerry Bittle, American cartoonist (d. 2003), was a cartoonist who drew the comic strips Geech and Shirley and Son.
1949 – Sigourney Weaver, American actress and producer. She is primarily known for her role as Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise.
1948 – Benjamin Cheever, American journalist and author. To date, he has written four adult fiction novels, one children's book, and two nonfiction books.
1948 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist and songwriter (d. 2004), was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones. He was a founding member of the band and along with vocalist Joey Ramone, remained a member throughout their entire career.
1947 – Stephen Shore, American photographer and educator. Stephen Shore (born October 8, 1947) is an American photographer known for his images of banal scenes and objects in the United States, and for his pioneering use of color in art photography.
1946 – Dennis Kucinich, American journalist and politician, 53rd Mayor of Cleveland. Representative from Ohio, serving from 1997 to 2013, he was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2004 and 2008.
1944 – Ed Kirkpatrick, American baseball player (d. 2010), was an American professional baseball outfielder and catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1962 through 1977 for the Los Angeles / California Angels, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers.
1944 – Susan Raye, American country music singer. International Airport", an international crossover pop hit in 1971.
1943 – Chevy Chase, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter. Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase (/ˈtʃɛvi/; born October 8, 1943) is an American actor, comedian, writer and producer.
1943 – R. L. Stine, American author, screenwriter, and producer. Robert Lawrence Stine (/staɪn/; born October 8, 1943), sometimes known as Jovial Bob Stine and Eric Affabee, is an American novelist, short story writer, television producer, screenwriter, and executive editor.
1941 – Jesse Jackson, American minister and activist. Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. (né Burns; born October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician.
1940 – Fred Cash, American soul singer. As one of the group's founding and longest-serving members, he is also a 1991 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Impressions.
1939 – Harvey Pekar, American author and critic (d. 2010), was an American underground comic book writer, music critic, and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. In 2003, the series inspired a well-received film adaptation of the same name.
1939 – Lynne Stewart, American lawyer and criminal, was an American defense attorney who was known for representing controversial, famous defendants. She herself was convicted on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists in 2005, and sentenced to 28 months in prison.
1938 – Fred Stolle, Australian-American tennis player and sportscaster. He is the father of former Australian Davis Cup player Sandon Stolle.
1937 – Paul Schell, American lawyer and politician, 50th Mayor of Seattle (d. 2014). The oldest of six children of Lutheran minister Ervin Schlachtenhaufen and nurse Gertrude Reiff Schlachtenhaufen, Paul Schell grew up in the small farm town of Pomeroy, Iowa and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa.
1936 – Rona Barrett, American journalist and businesswoman. She runs the Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization in Santa Ynez, California, dedicated to the aid and support of senior citizens in need.
1934 – James Holshouser, American lawyer and politician, 68th Governor of North Carolina (d. 2013), was the 68th Governor of the state of North Carolina from 1973 to 1977. He was the first Republican candidate to be elected as governor since 1896, when Republican Daniel L.
1930 – Faith Ringgold, American painter and activist. Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930, in Harlem, New York City) is a painter, writer, mixed media sculptor and performance artist, best known for her narrative quilts.
1930 – Pepper Adams, American saxophonist and composer (The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra) (d. 1986), was an American jazz baritone saxophonist and composer. He composed 42 pieces, was the leader on eighteen albums spanning 28 years, and participated in 600 sessions as a sideman.
1928 – M. Russell Ballard, American lieutenant and religious leader. Melvin Russell Ballard Jr. (born October 8, 1928) is an American businessman and religious leader who is currently the Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
1927 – Jim Elliot, American missionary and translator (d. 1956), was an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.
1922 – Herbert B. Leonard, American production manager and producer (d. 2006), was an American producer and writer. Leonard was a production manager at Screen Gems for many years.
1920 – Frank Herbert, American journalist, photographer, and author (d. 1986), was an American science-fiction author best known for the 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels. Though he became famous for his novels, he also wrote short stories and worked as a newspaper journalist, photographer, book reviewer, ecological consultant, and lecturer.
1917 – Billy Conn, American boxer (d. 1993), was an Irish American professional boxer and Light Heavyweight Champion famed for his fights with Joe Louis. He had a professional boxing record of 63 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw, with 14 wins by knockout.
1917 – Danny Murtaugh, American baseball player, coach, and manager (d. 1976), was an American professional baseball second baseman, manager, front-office executive, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB). Murtaugh Is best known for his 29-year association with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he won two World Series as field manager (in 1960 and 1971).
1917 – Walter Lord, American historian and author (d. 2002), was an American lawyer, ad man, author and popular historian, best known for his 1955 account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, A Night to Remember.
1913 – Robert R. Gilruth, American pilot and engineer (d. 2000), was an American aerospace engineer and an aviation/space pioneer who was the first director of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center, later renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.
1910 – Gus Hall, American soldier and politician (d. 2000). Anti-war and civil rights movements
1910 – Kirk Alyn, American actor (d. 1999), was an American actor, best known for being the first actor to play the DC Comics character Superman in live-action for the 1948 movie serial Superman and its 1950 sequel Atom Man vs. Superman, as well as Blackhawk from the Blackhawk movie serial in 1952, and General Sam Lane in 1978's Superman: The Movie.
1907 – Richard Sharpe Shaver, American author and illustrator (d. 1975), was an American writer and artist.
1897 – Rouben Mamoulian, Georgian-American director and screenwriter (d. 1987), was an Armenian-American film and theatre director.
1890 – Eddie Rickenbacker, American soldier and pilot, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1973). Distinguished Service Cross (7) Medal for Merit
1889 – Collett E. Woolman, American businessman, co-founded Delta Air Lines (d. 1966). Collett Everman Woolman (October 8, 1889 – September 11, 1966), commonly known as C.E.
1887 – Ping Bodie, American baseball player (d. 1961), was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox (1911–1914), Philadelphia Athletics (1917) and New York Yankees (1919–1921). Bodie batted and threw right-handed.
1883 – Dick Burnett, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1977). Richard Burnett is a columnist and editor of Montreal's alternative newsweekly Hour.
1882 – Harry McClintock, American singer-songwriter and poet (d. 1957), was an American singer, songwriter, and poet, best known for his song "Big Rock Candy Mountain".
1879 – Huntley Gordon, Canadian-American actor (d. 1956), was a Canadian actor who began his career in the Silent Film era.
1873 – Alexey Shchusev, Russian architect and academic, designed Lenin's Mausoleum (d. 1949), was an acclaimed Russian and Soviet architect whose works may be regarded as a bridge connecting Revivalist architecture of Imperial Russia with Stalin's Empire Style.
1872 – Mary Engle Pennington, American bacteriological chemist and refrigeration engineer (d. 1952). Mary Engle Pennington was born in Nashville, Tennessee; her parents were Henry and Sarah B. (Malony) Pennington.
1863 – Edythe Chapman, American actress (d. 1948), was an American stage and silent film actress.
1834 – Walter Kittredge, American violinist and composer (d. 1905), was a famous musician during the American Civil War.
1818 – John Henninger Reagan, American judge and politician, 3rd Confederate States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 1905), was an American politician from the U.S. state of Texas. A Democrat, Reagan resigned from the U.S.
1789 – John Ruggles, American lawyer and politician (d. 1874), was an American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. He served in several important state legislative and judicial positions before serving in the U.S.
2015 – Dennis Eichhorn, American author and illustrator (b. 1945)
2015 – Lindy Infante, American football player and coach (b. 1940)
2015 – Paul Prudhomme, American chef and author (b. 1940)
2014 – Alden E. Matthews, American missionary (b. 1921)
2014 – Harden M. McConnell, American chemist and academic (b. 1927)
2014 – Zilpha Keatley Snyder, American author (b. 1927)
2013 – Andy Pafko, American baseball player and manager (b. 1921)
2013 – Rod Grams, American journalist and politician (b. 1948)
2011 – Al Davis, American football player, coach, and manager (b. 1929)
2011 – Mikey Welsh, American guitarist and painter (b. 1971)
2011 – Roger Williams, American pianist (b. 1924)
2010 – Frank Bourgholtzer, American journalist (b. 1919)