What Happened in October 1859

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Self-proclaimed Emperor of the USA, Emperor Norton issues edict abolishing the US Congress

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 John Brown leads 21 in raid on federal arsenal, Harper's Ferry, Va

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • Oct 19 Wilhelm Tempel discovers diffuse nebula around Pleid star Merope
  • Oct 25 Merchant vessel Royal Charter runs aground at Liverpool, 459 die
  • Oct 26 The steam clipper Royal Charter is wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead
  • Oct 29 Spain declares war on Morocco

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (Les Misérables, Thérèse Raquin), born near Vigevano, Italy (d. 1924)
  • Oct 9 Alfred Dreyfus, French Jewish artillery officer (Dreyfus Affair), born in Mulhouse, France (d. 1935)
  • Oct 14 Camille Chevillard, composer
  • Oct 15 Jaime de Magalhes Lima, Portuguese author/poet (Salmos do Prisoneiro)
  • Oct 16 Henryk Pachulski, Polish composer, born in Lazy, Poland (d. 1921)
  • Oct 17 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Oct 18 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Creative Evolution-Nobel 1927)
  • Oct 18 Paolo Orsi, Rovereto, Italian Archaeologist (Sicilian excavations)
  • Oct 20 G B Studd, cricketer (brother of C T, 4 Tests for England)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 20 John Dewey, American philosopher, educational theorist and writer (learn by doing), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1952)

Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer John Dewey
Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer
John Dewey
  • Oct 25 Stephanie H [Lapidoth-]Swarth, Dutch author (Lonely Flowers)
  • Oct 26 Arthur Friedheim, composer
  • Oct 29 Charles Ebbets, (namesake of Ebbets Field, Brooklyn)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 25 US President Chester A. Arthur (30) weds Ellen Herndon (22) at Calvary Episcopal Church in NYC, New York

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Karl Baedeker, German tour guide (Die Schweiz), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Louis (Ludwig) Spohr, composer (Faust), dies at 75