What Happened in October 1820

Historical Events

  • Oct 9 Guayaquil, Ecuador declares its freedom from Ecuador
  • Oct 20 Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Gustav Adolf Heinze, composer
  • Oct 5 David Wilber, American politician (d. 1890)
  • Oct 6 Swedish Nightingale [Jenny Lind], Swedish soprano, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1887)
  • Oct 8 Stanislaw Katski, composer
  • Oct 11 Alfred Washington Ellet, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • Oct 13 John William Dawson, Canadian geologist (d. 1899)
  • Oct 20 Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • Oct 20 George Jerrison Stannard, American farmer, teacher, governmental official and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Georgia, Vermont (d. 1886)
  • Oct 23 James Monroe Goggin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 8 Henri Christophe, President of Haiti (1807-11) and King of Haiti (1811-20), dies at 53
  • Oct 12 Elias Annes Borger, theologist/poet (Ode on the Rhine), dies at 36
  • Oct 15 Karl Philipp F├╝rst zu Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal (b. 1771)