What Happened in October 1847

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Maria Mitchell discovers a non-naked-eye comet
  • Oct 1 German inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens founds Siemens AG & Halske

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Charlotte Brontë's book "Jane Eyre" published

  • Oct 20 12 year old English boy William Nelman poisons his grandpa with arsenic, would become famous court case

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Annie Besant, [Wood], England, philosopher (Esoteric christianity)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 2 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), born in Posen, Duchy of Posen, Prussia (d. 1934)

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • Oct 6 Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor
  • Oct 9 Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburg's coal basin)
  • Oct 9 Stephanus J du Toit, South Africa theologist/journalist (Afr Bond)
  • Oct 10 Gheorghe Dima, composer
  • Oct 21 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini)
  • Oct 22 Jacobus Herculas [Uncle Koos] de la Rey, South African politician
  • Oct 31 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (2-fasenmotor)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 8 Rose Scott, Social Reformer
  • Oct 14 William Michael Rooke, composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 22 Sahle Selassie, Negus of Shewa