What Happened in October 1817

Historical Events

  • Oct 9 University of Gent officially opens
  • Oct 20 1st Mississippi "Showboat" leaves Nashville on maiden voyage

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Gunnar Wennerberg, composer
  • Oct 5 Eduard Franck, composer
  • Oct 7 Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • Oct 10 Christophorus H D Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist/founder KNMI
  • Oct 17 Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim leader, born in Delhi, Mughal Empire
  • Oct 17 Samuel Ringgold Ward, Maryland, minister/abolitionist (Fugitive Negro)
  • Oct 23 Pierre Athanase Larousse, French lexicographer (d. 1875)
  • Oct 24 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, Draguignan, France, French chemist and inventor of margarine
  • Oct 27 Antoni Katski, composer
  • Oct 30 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Jahresbericht of Chemistry)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • Oct 12 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 15 Tadeusz AB Kosciusko, Polish lt-general/freedom fighter, dies
  • Oct 16 Manuel C Piar, Curacaos/Venezulian freedom writer, dies
  • Oct 18 Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, French composer (b. 1763)
  • Oct 26 Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (b. 1727)