National School Lunch Week in US (the second full week of October. President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom)
2000 – NASA launches STS-92, the 100th Space Shuttle mission, using Space Shuttle Discovery.
1987 – First public display of AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
1984 – Aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan becomes the first American woman to perform a space walk.
1972 – A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker.
1968 – Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn F. Eisele and Walter Cunningham aboard.
1962 – Second Vatican Council: Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years.
1954 – First Indochina War: The Viet Minh take control of North Vietnam.
1950 – Television: CBS's mechanical color system is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.
1942 – World War II: Battle of Cape Esperance: On the northwest coast of Guadalcanal, United States Navy ships intercept and defeat a Japanese fleet on their way to reinforce troops on the island.
1912 – First Balkan War: The Greek Army liberates the city of Kozani.
1910 – Former President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. president to fly in an airplane. He flew for four minutes with Arch Hoxsey in a plane built by the Wright brothers at Kinloch Field (Lambert–St. Louis International Airport), St. Louis, Missouri.
1906 – San Francisco public school board sparks a diplomatic crisis between the United States and Japan by ordering Japanese students to be taught in racially segregated schools.
1899 – The Western League is renamed the American League.
1890 – In Washington, D.C., the Daughters of the American Revolution is founded.
1862 – American Civil War: In the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam, Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart and his men loot Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, during a raid into the north.
1811 – Inventor John Stevens' boat, the Juliana, begins operation as the first steam-powered ferry (service between New York City, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey).
1776 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Valcour Island: On Lake Champlain a fleet of American boats is defeated by the Royal Navy, but delays the British advance until 1777.
1994 – T.J. Watt, American football player. J." Watt (born October 11, 1994) is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).
1991 – Patrick Leyland, American baseball player. James Richard Leyland (born December 15, 1944) is a retired Major League Baseball manager.
1989 – Michelle Wie, American golfer. Michelle Sung Wie (/ˈwiː/; born October 11, 1989) is an American professional golfer who plays on the LPGA Tour.
1988 – Omar Gonzalez, American soccer player. Men's National Team.
1988 – Ricochet, American Professional Wrestler. A ricochet (/ˈrɪkəʃeɪ/ RIK-ə-shay; French: ) is a rebound, bounce, or skip off a surface, particularly in the case of a projectile.
1987 – Tony Beltran, American soccer player. Anthony Benjamin "Tony" Beltran (born October 11, 1987) is a retired American soccer player who spent his entire professional career at Real Salt Lake.
1985 – Michelle Trachtenberg, American actress. Welsch in Harriet the Spy (1996), and Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl (2008–2012).
1984 – Martha MacIsaac, Canadian-American actress, producer, and screenwriter. She has also worked in television and as a voice actress.
1982 – Jeff Larish, American baseball player. Jeffrey David Larish (born October 11, 1982) is a retired American professional baseball infielder and outfielder.
1982 – Terrell Suggs, American football player. Terrell Raymonn Suggs (born October 11, 1982), nicknamed "T-Sizzle'," is an American football outside linebacker and defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL).
1979 – Andy Douglas, American wrestler. The Naturals were a professional wrestling tag team made up of Andy Douglas and Chase Stevens.
1979 – Jamar Beasley, American football player. Jamar Beasley (born October 11, 1979 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is an American soccer player.
1978 – Carl Bussey, American soccer player. Carl Bussey is a retired American soccer midfielder who played professionally in Major League Soccer and the USL First Division.
1977 – Desmond Mason, American basketball player and sportscaster. Mason has also found success as an artist, working in a variety of media.
1977 – Matt Bomer, American actor and producer. He is the recipient of such accolades as a Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
1977 – Ty Wigginton, American baseball player. Louis Cardinals.
1976 – Emily Deschanel, American actress and producer. Temperance "Bones" Brennan in the FOX crime procedural series Bones (2005–2017).
1974 – Rachel Barton Pine, American violinist and educator. The Washington Post wrote that she "displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon."
1973 – Brendan B. Brown, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Wheatus). Wheatus is an American rock band from Northport, New York, formed in 1995.
1973 – Dmitri Young, American baseball player and radio host. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Washington Nationals from 1996 through 2008.
1971 – Petra Haden, American violinist and singer. She is the daughter of the jazz bassist Charlie Haden; the triplet sister of bassist Rachel Haden (her bandmate in That Dog) and cellist Tanya Haden (married to singer and actor Jack Black) with whom she has performed as The Haden Triplets; and the sister of bassist-singer Josh Haden, leader of the group Spain.
1970 – Chidi Ahanotu, American football player. Chidi Obioma Ahanotu (born October 11, 1970) is a former American football defensive end in the NFL.
1970 – MC Lyte, American rapper, DJ, and actress. Lana Michelle Moorer (born October 11, 1970), known professionally as MC Lyte, is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988's critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock.
1970 – Vanessa Harding, American wrestler. Leslie Culton (born October 11, 1970) better known by her ring name Vanessa Harding, is a semi-retired American professional wrestler and manager who has competed in North American independent promotions throughout the early 2000s including Full Impact Pro, Future of Wrestling, the Heartland Wrestling Association, Ohio Valley Wrestling and NWA Florida.
1968 – Brett Salisbury, American football player and author. Brett Jon Salisbury (born October 11, 1968) is a former college football quarterback at University of Oregon, BYU, and Wayne State College.
1968 – Jane Krakowski, American actress and singer. Other notable television credits include Elaine Vassal on Ally McBeal and Jacqueline White in the Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
1967 – Artie Lange, American actor and comedian. Arthur Steven Lange Jr. (born October 11, 1967) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, radio personality, author, and podcaster best known for his tenures on the sketch comedy series Mad TV from 1995 to 1997 and as third mic on The Howard Stern Show from 2001 to 2009.
1967 – David Starr, American race car driver. David Starr may also refer to:
1966 – Luke Perry, American actor and producer. He became a teen idol for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000.
1966 – Todd Snider, American singer-songwriter. Todd Daniel Snider (born October 11, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter with a musical style that combines Americana, alt-country, and folk.
1965 – Sean Patrick Flanery, American actor and producer. He is also known for his role as Sam Gibson on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless in 2011.
1964 – Michael J. Nelson, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Michael John Nelson (born October 11, 1964) is an American comedian and writer, most known for his work on the cult television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K).
1962 – Joan Cusack, American actress. She has also provided the voice of Jessie in the Toy Story franchise and Abby Mallard in Chicken Little.
1961 – Steve Young, American football player and sportscaster. Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.
1960 – Curt Ford, American baseball player and manager. Curtis Glenn Ford (born October 11, 1960), is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St.
1960 – Randy Breuer, American basketball player. Breuer (born October 11, 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player who was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft.
1955 – Norm Nixon, American basketball player and sportscaster. Norman Ellard Nixon (born October 11, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player who spent twelve seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1953 – David Morse, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. Jack "Boomer" Morrison in the medical drama series St.
1952 – Paulette Carlson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. As a solo artist, she has charted five times on Hot Country Songs and recorded three studio albums.
1951 – Bruce Bartlett, American economist, historian, and author. W.
1951 – Charles Shyer, American director, producer, and screenwriter. His films include Private Benjamin (1980); Irreconcilable Differences (1984); Baby Boom (1987); Father of the Bride (1991); and Father of the Bride Part II (1995), The Parent Trap (1998), The Affair of the Necklace (L'Affaire du Collier) (2001), Alfie (2004) and Ieri, Oggi Domani (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) (2012).
1950 – Patty Murray, American educator and politician, was first elected to in 1992. A member of the Democratic Party, Murray is Washington's first female U.S.
1950 – William R. Forstchen, American historian and author. Forstchen (born October 11, 1950) is an American historian and author who began publishing in 1978 as a contributor to Boys' Life.
1947 – Thomas Boswell, American journalist and author. Boswell (born October 11, 1947, in Washington, D.C.) is an American sports columnist.
1946 – Daryl Hall, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Daryl Franklin Hohl (born October 11, 1946), better known by his stage name Daryl Hall, is an American rock, R&B, and soul singer; keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of Hall & Oates (with guitarist and songwriter John Oates).
1943 – Gene Watson, American singer-songwriter and producer. He is most famous for his 1975 hit "Love in the Hot Afternoon," his 1981 #1 hit "Fourteen Carat Mind," and his signature 1979 song "Farewell Party." Watson's long career has notched five number ones, 23 top tens and over 76 charted singles.
1941 – Lester Bowie, American trumpet player and composer (d. 1999), was an American jazz trumpet player and composer. He was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and co-founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
1940 – Lucy Morgan, American newspaper reporter. Lucy Morgan (born October 11, 1940) is a long-time reporter and editorialist at the Tampa Bay Times (previously known as the St.
1937 – R. H. W. Dillard, American poet, author, and critic. Richard Henry Wilde Dillard (born October 11, 1937) is an American poet, author, critic, and translator.
1937 – Ron Leibman, American actor and screenwriter. He won both the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play in 1993 for his performance as Roy Cohn in Angels in America.
1936 – Billy Higgins, American drummer and educator (d. 2001), was an American jazz drummer. He played mainly free jazz and hard bop.
1936 – C. Gordon Fullerton, American colonel, engineer, and astronaut (d. 2013), was a United States Air Force colonel, a USAF and NASA astronaut, and a research pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, California. His assignments included a variety of flight research and support activities piloting NASA's B-52 launch aircraft, the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), and other multi-engine and high performance aircraft.
1936 – James M. McPherson, American historian and author. James M. "Jim" McPherson (born October 11, 1936) is an American Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University.
1935 – Dan Evins, American businessman, founded Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (d. 2012), was an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a Southern-themed restaurant chain.
1935 – Daniel Quinn, American author and environmentalist, was an American author (primarily, novelist and fabulist), cultural critic, and publisher of educational texts, best known for his novel Ishmael, which won the Turner Tomorrow Fellowship Award in 1991 and was published the following year. Quinn's ideas are popularly associated with environmentalism, though he criticized this term for portraying the environment as separate from human life, thus creating a false dichotomy.
1932 – Dottie West, American singer-songwriter and actress (d. 1991), was an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with her friends and fellow recording artists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, she is considered one of the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists.
1930 – LaVell Edwards, American football player and coach, was an American football head coach for Brigham Young University (BYU). With 257 career victories, he ranks as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time.
1930 – Sam Johnson, American colonel and politician. He is a member of the Republican Party.
1929 – Curtis Amy, American saxophonist and clarinetist player (d. 2002), was an American West Coast jazz musician known for his work on tenor saxophone. He also explored styles such as soul jazz and hard bop.
1928 – Roscoe Robinson, Jr., American general (d. 1993), was the first African American to become a four-star general in the United States Army. Born in St.
1926 – Earle Hyman, American actor, was an American stage, television, and film actor. Hyman is known for his role on ThunderCats as the voice of Panthro and various other characters.
1925 – Elmore Leonard, American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter (d. 2013). His earliest novels, published in the 1950s, were Westerns, but he went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures.
1924 – André Emmerich, German-American art dealer (d. 2007), was a German-born American gallerist who specialized in the color field school and pre-Columbian art while also taking on artists such as David Hockney and John D. Graham.
1922 – G. C. Edmondson, American soldier and author (d. 1995). Although generally called a science fiction writer, he wrote Westerns using the names Kelly P.
1919 – Art Blakey, American drummer and bandleader (d. 1990), was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He was briefly known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina after he briefly converted to Islam in the late 1940s.
1919 – Douglas Albert Munro, United States Coast Guard signalman, posthumously awarded Medal of Honor (d. 1942), was a United States Coast Guardsman who was posthumously decorated with the Medal of Honor for an act of "extraordinary heroism" during World War II. He is the only person to have received the medal for actions performed during service in the Coast Guard.
1918 – Jerome Robbins, American director, producer, and choreographer (d. 1998), was an American choreographer, director, dancer, and theater producer who worked in classical ballet, on stage, film, and television. Among his numerous stage productions were On the Town, Peter Pan, High Button Shoes, The King and I, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof.
1913 – Dorothy Woolfolk, American author (d. 2000). Woolfolk née Dorothy Roubicek (October 1, 1913 – November 27, 2000) was one of the first women in the American comic-book industry.
1913 – Joe Simon, American author and illustrator (d. 2011), was an American comic book writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Simon created or co-created many important characters in the 1930s–1940s Golden Age of Comic Books, such as Captain America, and served as the first editor of Timely Comics, the company that would evolve into Marvel Comics.
1905 – Fred Trump, American real estate entrepreneur (d. 1999), was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was a prominent real-estate developer in New York City.
1899 – Eddie Dyer, American baseball player and manager (d. 1964). Edwin Hawley Dyer (October 11, 1899 – April 20, 1964) was an American left-handed pitcher, manager and farm system official in Major League Baseball for the St.
1897 – Nathan Farragut Twining, American general (d. 1982), was a United States Air Force general, born in Monroe, Wisconsin. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from 1953 until 1957, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1957 to 1960.
1896 – Roman Jakobson, Russian–American linguist and theorist (d. 1982), was a Russian-American linguist and literary theorist.
1884 – Eleanor Roosevelt, American humanitarian and politician, 39th First Lady of the United States (d. 1962), was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D.
1884 – Sig Ruman, German-American actor (d. 1967), was a German-American character actor known for his portrayals of pompous and often stereotypically Teutonic officials or villains in more than 100 films.
1881 – Hans Kelsen, Czech-American jurist and philosopher (d. 1973), was an Austrian jurist, legal philosopher and political philosopher. He was the author of the 1920 Austrian Constitution, which to a very large degree is still valid today.
1872 – Harlan F. Stone, American lawyer and jurist, 12th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1946), was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1925 to 1941 and then as the Chief Justice of the United States from 1941 until his death in 1946.
1871 – Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian evangelist, founded the Brunstad Christian Church (d. 1943), was a Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical non-denominational fellowship now known as Brunstad Christian Church.
1844 – Henry J. Heinz, American businessman, founded the H. J. Heinz Company (d. 1916), was an American entrepreneur who founded the H. J.
1814 – Jean-Baptiste Lamy, French-American archbishop (d. 1888), was an American Roman Catholic prelate who served as the first Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Willa Cather's novel Death Comes for the Archbishop is based on his life and career.
2015 – Dean Chance, American baseball player and manager (b. 1941)
2015 – Jack Drake, American lawyer and politician (b. 1934)
2013 – Johnny Kovatch, American football player and coach (b. 1912)
2013 – William H. Sullivan, American diplomat, United States Ambassador to the Philippines (b. 1922)
2012 – Champ Summers, American baseball player and coach (b. 1946)
2009 – Angelo DiGeorge, American physician and endocrinologist (b. 1922)
2008 – Neal Hefti, American trumpet player and composer (b. 1922)
2007 – Werner von Trapp, Austrian-American singer (b. 1915)
2006 – Cory Lidle, American baseball player (b. 1972)
2000 – Donald Dewar, Scottish lawyer and politician, 1st First Minister of Scotland (b. 1937)
1999 – Leo Lionni, Dutch-American author and illustrator (b. 1910)
1998 – Richard Denning, American actor (b. 1914)
1996 – Eleanor Cameron, Canadian-American author and critic (b. 1912)
1991 – Redd Foxx, American actor and comedian (b. 1922)
1989 – M. King Hubbert, American geologist and academic (b. 1904)
1988 – Bonita Granville, American actress (b. 1923)
1986 – Norm Cash, American baseball player and sportscaster (b. 1934)
1977 – MacKinlay Kantor, American journalist, author, and screenwriter (b. 1904)
1971 – Chesty Puller, American general (b. 1898)
1965 – Dorothea Lange, American photographer and journalist (b. 1895)
1961 – Chico Marx, American comedian (b. 1887)
1932 – William Alden Smith, American lawyer and politician (b. 1859)
1904 – Mary Tenney Gray, American editorial writer, club-woman, philanthropist, and suffragette (b. 1833)
1821 – John Ross Key, American lieutenant, lawyer, and judge (b. 1754)
1809 – Meriwether Lewis, American captain, explorer, and politician, 2nd Governor of Louisiana Territory (b. 1774)
1779 – Casimir Pulaski, Polish-American general (b. 1745)