What Happened in October 1873

Historical Events

  • Oct 3 Captain Jack and companions are hanged for their part in the Modoc War.
  • Oct 4 Toronto Argonaut Football Club forms
  • Oct 4 13th British Golf Open: Tom Kidd shoots a 179 at St Andrews
  • Oct 8 First women's prison run by women opens at Indiana Reformatory Institute
  • Oct 11 Toronto Argonaut Football Club 1st game losing to U of Toronto
  • Oct 18 1st football game between Toronto Argonauts & Hamilton Tigers
  • Oct 18 Columbia Princeton Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football
  • Oct 20 P T Barnum Hippodrome featuring "Greatest Show on Earth" opens (NYC)
  • Oct 30 P T Barnum's circus, "Greatest Show on Earth", debuts (New York City)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Pelham Warner, cricketer (England 1898-1912, later notable official)
  • Oct 2 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (d. 1924)
  • Oct 6 Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, composer
  • Oct 8 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Denmark, astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram)
  • Oct 9 Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (Schwarzschild effect)
  • Oct 9 Carl Flesch, Hungarian violinist (d. 1944)
  • Oct 14 Jose Serrano Simeon, composer
  • Oct 14 Ray Ewry, Lafayette Ind, jumper (Olympics-10 gold-1900, 04, 06, 08)
  • Oct 14 Jules Rimet, president of FIFA (d. 1954)
  • Oct 18 Ivanoe Bonomi, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1951)
  • Oct 19 Barton King, cricketer (North America's greatest all-rounder)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 19 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • Oct 21 George P Gooch, English historian/MP
  • Oct 22 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (d. 1950)
  • Oct 23 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (d. 1975)
  • Oct 24 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, Southport, Lancashire, U.K., British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions)
  • Oct 26 Thorvald Stauning, Denmark, PM (1924-26, 1929-42)
  • Oct 27 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, born in Melbourne (d. 1926)
  • Oct 29 Guillermo Valencia, Colombia, poet/translator/statesman
  • Oct 30 Francisco Madero, Mexico, revolutionary, president (1911-13)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Cornelius Varley, water-color painter, dies
  • Oct 3 Kintpuash, [Captain Jack], fought Modoc indians, Oregon, dies
  • Oct 6 Sir PaweĊ‚ Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist (b. 1797)
  • Oct 9 George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • Oct 21 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (b. 1807)
  • Oct 29 Ernest Feydeau, French author, dies at 52
  • Oct 29 Johan N M J, king of Saxon (1854-73), dies
  • Oct 29 Leonardus Lightenvelt, minister of RC Worship, dies at 78