Celebrity Birthdays in October

By 7 November 2020

Celebrity Birthdays - October 2020

Many famous people were born on October, it seems! Memories has compiled a list of entertainers, world shakers, news makers, and celebrities who were born on this hallowed month.

Simon Cowell

BIRTHDAY

October 7, 1959

BIRTHPLACE

London, England

The famous TV personality and record executive gained prominence during his long stint on American Idol as a tough and blunt judge. He was also responsible for helping develop the massively popular group One Direction.

Vladimir Putin

BIRTHDAY

October 7, 1952

BIRTHPLACE

Saint Petersburg, Russia

The powerful President of Russia was also a former Prime Minister and KGB operative during the Soviet era. He has received criticism during much of his political career for corruption, oppression, human rights violations, and support of authoritarian regimes around the world.

Toni Braxton

BIRTHDAY

October 7, 1967

BIRTHPLACE

Severn, MD

The legendary songstress turned 53 years young this year. Braxton was a massive R&B star in the 80s and 90s, and even had hits in the early 2000s. Her most well-known chart-toppers are "Un-Break My Heart," "Breathe Again," and "You Mean the World to Me."

John Lennon

BIRTHDAY

October 8, 1940

BIRTHPLACE

Liverpool, United Kingdom

DEATH DATE

December 8, 1980

John Lennon is an iconic musician and cultural figure around the world. He gained fame with The Beatles, who are regarded as the greatest musical act of all time, but also became known for his political activism after leaving the group. Lennon was so influential that, later on, it was discovered that even the FBI had a dossier on him because of his popularity in the counterculture movement, and among the youth. He was tragically murdered outside of his New York City residence by a mentally-ill man.

See the late great John Lennon's Memories Timeline here.

Thom Yorke

BIRTHDAY

October 7, 1968

BIRTHPLACE

Wellingborough, England

The legendary frontman of Radiohead is a music pioneer who contributed innovations to various genres, especially as the band moved towards more experimental sounds. Although Radiohead's most famous song is arguably "Creep," which was a typical grunge track from the 90s, it was their more experimental work that made a lasting impact on the modern soundscape. Their albums Kid A and OK Computer are two of the most critically-acclaimed and influential albums of all time.

Bruno Mars

BIRTHDAY

October 8, 1985

BIRTHPLACE

Honolulu, HI

Bruno Mars is one of the most successful musicians of his generation. He has a catalog of chart-topping hits as well as Super Bowl performances. His style is also unique, which combines elements of R&B, soul, pop, funk, and alternative rock. Like other famous musicians in the pop-R&B genre--such as the late great Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Usher, and Justin Bieber--Bruno Mars is a world-class dancer.

Matt Damon

BIRTHDAY

October 8, 1970

BIRTHPLACE

Cambridge, MA

Matt Damon is a Hollywood A-lister who still comes off as a guy-next-door because of his easygoing personality. This down-to-earth attitude despite the fame and fortune is typically Boston, the area where he was born and raised. He has numerous critically-acclaimed and blockbuster films under his belt, which includes: The Bourne series, The Talented Mr. Ripley, the Ocean's series, Saving Private Ryan, The Departed, The Martian, among many others. However, he's not afraid to take on independent film projects as well. In fact, he rose to fame in the indie film Good Will Hunting. However, if you asked Matt what he's truly passionate about, you might be surprised to hear that it would probably be social activism, especially pertaining to environmental issues and humanitarian causes.

David Cameron

BIRTHDAY

October 9, 1966

BIRTHPLACE

London, England

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was born on October 9. He was also a member of Parliament and was the leader of the Conservative Party. Though his tenure as Prime Minister was marked with various controversies, including the heavily-divisive Brexit movement.

Cardi B

BIRTHDAY

October 11, 1992

BIRTHPLACE

The Bronx, NY

The Bronx-based rapper became an instant global sensation with her hit song "Bodak Yellow." She has won numerous awards since then including Grammys. Her unapologetic attitude but charming down-to-earth personality has won the heats of diehard fans. She has also faced some controversies regarding her past, as well as public feuds with other musicians and even fans on social media.

Send your favorite celebrities a virtual cake, virtual celebration greeting, or digital bouquet for their special day, or post them on their Memories Timeline, and show these stars how they've inspired you!

Amitabh Bachchan

BIRTHDAY

October 11, 1942

BIRTHPLACE

Allahabad, India

Amitabh Bachchan is quite possibly the most iconic Indian actor in history. The legendary figure has appeared in countless films, both in Bollywood and international productions. He's even been chosen by Amazon to be the voice for Alexa! What other megastar can claim that?

Jimin

BIRTHDAY

October 13, 1995

BIRTHPLACE

Busan, South Korea

In a galaxy of K-Pop superstars, Jimin stands out as possibly having the most devoted fans around the world. Seriously, you should see his fans at concerts, meet-and-greets, and online. He might not be the most famous person on Earth (that title probably still goes to whoever the U.S. president is, automatically), but Jimin is pound for pound the most famous person in the world. That's saying something, considering his group, BTS, is the most popular group globally. Show Jimin some love whenever October 13 comes around.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

BIRTHDAY

October 13, 1989

BIRTHPLACE

New York City, NY

She is a a groundbreaking U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district (part of the Bronx and a portion of Queens boroughs). She gained fame and even a nickname ("AOC") for being a fierce and tough opponent of many Republican figures, including President Trump himself. Her intelligence, passion for social justice, down-to-earth attitude, and youthful beauty makes her an icon for girls and women everywhere. She is also part of what's known as The Squad, which includes the equally-popular Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. The four women of color were re-elected in 2020.

George Floyd

BIRTHDAY

October 14, 1973

BIRTHPLACE

Fayetteville, NC

DEATH DATE

May 25, 2020 (age 46)

George Floyd became a martyr and icon of fighting police brutality after a Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, killed Floyd in front of onlookers. The video of his killing--in which Chauvin illegally placed his knee (along with his body weight) on to the neck of Floyd until he became unconscious--sparked a furious response around the world. It also triggered massive protests all across the United States, as well as cities abroad, which demanded justice for Floyd. The death of George Floyd became symbolic of not only police brutality in the United States, but also deep-rooted racism in the country's history and culture.

Usher

BIRTHDAY

October 14, 1978

BIRTHPLACE

Dallas, TX

Usher is one of the top-selling R&B artists of the late-90s and throughout the 2000s. The talented singer and dancer revolutionized the genre by incorporating classic R&B sound with hip-hop elements. His Confessions album was also innovative in its thematic cohesion and narrative structure, almost like a personal essay or confessional poem in the form of songs. Usher would later discover Justin Bieber and give the young superstar his step-ladder to fame. Usher also became a judge on the U.S. version of The Voice.

Eminem

BIRTHDAY

October 17, 1972

BIRTHPLACE

Saint Joseph, MO

Eminem is arguably one of the greatest lyrical rappers to ever touch the mic. He rose to fame with his critically-acclaimed The Marshall Mathers LP. He also broke new ground by becoming a successful white MC in a predominantly African American genre. He is known for his lyrical ability as a freestyle rapper, his penmanship in crafting songs, and fast delivery.

Kim Kardashian

BIRTHDAY

October 21, 1980

BIRTHPLACE

Los Angeles, CA

Kim Kardashian's rise to fame, along with her family's, might be a divisive topic among the public, but there's no denying that the icon is a successful and hardworking businesswoman. Others would have been devastated to have a private explicit video leak into the public by an unknown source, but instead Kim used the notoriety to propel her to the top of celebrity stardom. Since then, she has created a business and media empire, and is considered to be the original "influencer." Indeed, her influence in social media and pop culture at large is undeniable. She married legendary musician Kanye West, another cultural icon, which doubled her celebrity profile. She has four children with Kanye and has expanded her ventures to prison reform in the United States, as well as supporting various causes, such as the plight of Armenians (her late father, the famed lawyer Robert Kardashian, was of Armenian descent). Her sisters and mother, Kris Jenner, have also become highly successful in business and in the media.

See Kim Kardashian's Memories Timeline Here.

Katy Perry

BIRTHDAY

October 25, 1984

BIRTHPLACE

Santa Barbara, CA

The songstress started out performing at her local church. She would later date the lead singer of Gym Class Heroes during the late-2000s, and made a cameo in their music video. Soon after, she herself became a successful musician. It wasn't long until Katy Perry became one of the most top-selling artists of her generation, garnering both massive commercial success and accolades.

Hillary Clinton

BIRTHDAY

October 26, 1947

BIRTHPLACE

Chicago, IL

Hillary Clinton is one of the most famous American politicians of the 20th and 21st century, and has become a controversial figure among conservative groups. The wife of former President Clinton, she became just as famous as he is. Early on in her career, even before meeting Bill Clinton, she was already working with grassroots movements linked to the Democratic Party. She was the first lady of Arkansas when Bill Clinton became governor of the state twice. She was also the First Lady of the United States during Bill Clinton's terms as president. She would go on to become a Senator from New York for almost a decade, and would run for presidency herself in 2008 and 2016.

During the Obama administration, she was the Secretary of State, and was famously involved with the capture and assassination of Osama bin Laden. Her controversial loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election was still a topic of discussion even after Trump came into office. Besides her long and colorful political career, her and her husband support various causes and charities. She now hosts a podcast and is active on social media as a commentator on politics and social issues.

Seth MacFarlane

BIRTHDAY

October 26, 1973

BIRTHPLACE

Kent, CT

He is famous for creating one of the most popular animated series in history, Family Guy. He also created the spin-off shows American Dad and The Cleveland Show. However, he has produced and or has starred in numerous movies as well such as Ted. Seth is also known for his outspoken nature, especially in the realm of political discourse.

Bill Gates

BIRTHDAY

October 28, 1955

BIRTHPLACE

Seattle, WA

Bill Gates is a tech innovator who literally changed the world with the creation of the Windows operating system and Microsoft. If it weren't for Gates' revolutionary initiatives at the dawn of the computer age, in which he is regarded as one of the "forefathers," our way of life would not be what it is today. It is no coincidence that he has also become the richest person in the world multiple times for many years, although the top spot has since changed multiple times. Despite being famous for practically kickstarting the information age and for being ultra-wealthy, he is most passionate about philanthropy. His foundation, which he runs with his wife, is probably just as well-known as it has helped thousands, if not millions, of lives, especially those who are economically disadvantaged.

Joaquin Phoenix

BIRTHDAY

October 28, 1974

BIRTHPLACE

San Juan, PR

He is one of the most talented and versatile actor of his generation, if not of all time. He was born to a self-described "hippie" parents in Puerto Rico, where they were so poor that he and his many siblings had to busk to support the family. Joaquin was not the superstar of the family when he was young though. It was his brother River Phoenix who showed brilliance in acting and soon became the golden boy of Hollywood during the 80s and early-90s. However, River tragically died outside of Johnny Depp's then-nightclub, the Viper Room, in Los Angeles due to drug overdose. In fact, Phoenix was the one who called 911, which has now become infamous as it was released to the public. Since his brother's death, Joaquin would go on to carve an amazing career of his own. Some of his best performances were in the following films: Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master, I'm Still Here, The Village, We Own the Night, Her, and Joker. He would go on to win a Golden Globe and Academy Award as a lead actor for Joker.