October 7 is the 280th day of the year (281st in leap years). There are 85 days remaining.
- 1931: Desmond Tutu (archbishop awarded Nobe Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela)
- 1934: Imamu Amiri Baraka (playwright, poet born "LeRoi Jones")
- 1935: Thomas Keneally (author)
- 1943: Oliver North (United States Marine involved in Iran-Contra affair)
- 1951: John Cougar Mellencamp (singer)
- 1955: Yo-Yo Ma (cellist)
- 1968: Toni Braxton (singer)