What Happened in October 1837

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 "Racer's" Hurricane (Gulf of Mexico)
  • Oct 1 Treaty with Winnebago Indians
  • Oct 9 Steamboat "Home" sinks off Okracoke NC killing 100
  • Oct 9 Meeting at the U.S. Naval Academy establishes the U.S. Naval Institute.
  • Oct 31 Collision of river boat Monmouth & Trement on Miss; 300 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 8 Otto Winter-Hjelm, composer
  • Oct 14 Ellison Capers, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1908)
  • Oct 16 John Francis Barnett, composer
  • Oct 18 Friedrich W Mengelberg, German sculptor/painter
  • Oct 26 James Lawlor Kiernan, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1869)
  • Oct 28 Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Japan's last shogun (d. 1913)
  • Oct 29 Abraham Kuyper, clergyman/Dutch premier (AR, 1908-12)
  • Oct 29 Harriet Powers, US, slave/writer (Creation of Animals)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Robert Clark, American politician (b. 1777)
  • Oct 5 Hortense de Beauharnais, French queen of Neth (1806-10), dies at 54
  • Oct 6 Jean-Francois Le Sueur, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Charles Fourier, French utopian socialist (Harmony universal), dies
  • Oct 11 Samuel Wesley, composer (Exultate Deo), dies at 71
  • Oct 12 Frederica Louisa Wilhelmina, Queen of Netherlands, dies at 62
  • Oct 15 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet (b. 1760)
  • Oct 17 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian composer, dies at 58