1931: Desmond Tutu, South African religious leader.
1934: Leroi Jones (Imamu Amiri Baraka), playwright.
1935: Thomas Keneally, novelist, author of Schindler's Ark, the basis for the film Schindler's List.
1955: Yo Yo Ma, cellist.
October 7th in history
1571: In the last great clash of galleys, the Ottoman navy is defeated at Lepanto, Greece, by a Christian naval coalition under the overall command of Spain's Don Juan de Austria. The 1456 Siege of Belgrade.
1765: Delegates from nine of the American colonies meet in New York to discuss the Stamp Act Crisis and colonial response to it.