What Happened in October 1871

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 General Dutch Werkliedenverbond (ANWV), forms in Utrecht

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 Brigham Young, mormon leader, arrested for bigamy

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young
  • Oct 6 Fisk Jubilee Singers begin 1st national tour
  • Oct 7 16-hour fire injures 30 of Chicago's 185 firefighters
  • Oct 8 Forest fire destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin
  • Oct 8 Great Fire kills 200, destroys over 4 square miles (10 square km) of Chicago buildings, & original Emancipation Proclamation
  • Oct 11 Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, 300 killed
  • Oct 12 US President Grant condemns Ku Klux Klan
  • Oct 13 The Delphic Fraternity is founded as the Delphic Society at the State Normal School in Geneseo, New York.
  • Oct 17 Great Britain annexes Griqualand, South Africa
  • Oct 21 1st US amateur outdoor athletic games (NY)
  • Oct 23 Columbia & Sappho (US) beat Livonia (UK) in 3rd America's Cup
  • Oct 24 Mob in Los Angeles, California hangs 18 Chinese

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 27 Boss Tweed (William Macy Tweed), Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, arrested after NY Times exposed his corruption

Politician Boss Tweed
Boss Tweed
  • Oct 30 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant
  • Oct 31 Founding of Netherland Protestant Union in Dokkum

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Cordell Hull, US Secretary of State (1933-44), lowered tariffs (Nobel 1945)
  • Oct 2 Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscape architect (d. 1959)
  • Oct 3 Stijn Streuvels, [Frank Lateur], Flemish writer (De Valschaard)
  • Oct 9 Gerrit Bolkestein, minister of Education (1939-4-)
  • Oct 9 George Gauthier, Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal (d. 1940)
  • Oct 9 Didak Buntić, Croatian monk and scholar.
  • Oct 11 Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, born in Fredrikstad, Norway (d. 1943)
  • Oct 14 Alexander von Zemlinsky, composer (Schneeman), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 18 Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Ghetto)
  • Oct 19 Walter B Cannon, US physiologist (Wisdom of the Body)
  • Oct 20 Frederick Burton, IN, actor (One Way Passage)
  • Oct 26 Hermann Lohr, composer
  • Oct 26 Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (d. 1941)
  • Oct 29 Narziss Ach, German psychologist (Analyse des Willens)
  • Oct 30 Buck Freeman, American baseball player (d. 1949)

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 20 Charles Babbage, English mathematician/inventor (calculator), dies of renal failure at 79

Inventor Charles Babbage
Charles Babbage
  • Oct 22 Roderick Murchison, Scottish Geologist (Silurian system), dies at 79