What Happened in October 1781

Historical Events

  • Oct 6 Americans & French begin siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; last battle of American Revolutionary War
  • Oct 16 Washington takes Yorktown
  • Oct 17 Cornwallis defeated at Yorktown
  • Oct 19 British General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2 pm; US Revolutionary War ends
  • Oct 20 Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, was approved in Habsburg Monarchy.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 James Lawrence, naval hero (War of 1812-"Don't give up the ship!")
  • Oct 5 Bernard Bolzano, Czech mathematician and philosopher (d. 1848)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 9 Thomas Alexander Erskine Kelly, composer, dies at 49
  • Oct 16 Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke, British naval officer (b. 1705)
  • Oct 27 Herman-Francois Delange, composer, dies at 66