What Happened in October 1860

Historical Events

  • Oct 8 Telegraph line between LA & SF opens
  • Oct 12 British & French troops capture Beijing
  • Oct 13 1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon), Boston
  • Oct 15 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard
  • Oct 17 1st British Golf Open: Willie Park Snr shoots a 164 at Prestwick Club, Scotland
  • Oct 18 The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Annie EF Horniman, England, theater owner (Abbey Theatre, Dublin)
  • Oct 4 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes)
  • Oct 6 Oscar L Helfrich, Dutch governor (Curacao)
  • Oct 6 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch foreign minister (1908-13)
  • Oct 8 Felix Woyrsch, composer
  • Oct 12 Elmer A Sperry, inventor (gyrocompass)
  • Oct 17 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer
  • Oct 19 Affie Jarvis, cricketer (Australian WK of the late 19th century)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 31 Juliette Gordon Low, American activist/founder (Girl Scouts of America), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1927)

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Louis Hersent, painter, dies
  • Oct 6 Stephen Elvey, composer, dies at 55
  • Oct 12 Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces, dies at 73
  • Oct 24 Elie Decazes, French Bourbon Restoration politician, dies at 80
  • Oct 31 Johan Nathan, murderer, hanged
  • Oct 31 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral (b. 1775)