What Happened in October 1797

Historical Events

  • Oct 11 Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): British navy defeats Dutch fleet
  • Oct 17 Peace of Campo Formio: Austrian Dutch possessions & France
  • Oct 22 Andre-Jacques Garnerin makes 1st parachute descent from a balloon in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1870)
  • Oct 4 Jeremias Gotthelf [Albert Bitzius], writer (The Black Spider), born in Murten, Switzerland (d. 1854)
  • Oct 13 William Motherwell, Scottish civil servant/poet
  • Oct 23 John J Rochussen, governor-general of Dutch-Indies (1845-51)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 9 Elijah B Solomon Zalman, rabbi/Gaon of Vilna Latvia, dies at 77
  • Oct 10 Carter Braxton, US plantation owner and signer of the US Declaration of Independence, dies at 61
  • Oct 12 Pierre de Jelyotte, composer, dies at 84