What Happened in October 1877

Historical Events

  • Oct 5 Chief Joseph surrenders, ending Nez Perce War
  • Oct 9 American Humane Association organizes (Cleveland)
  • Oct 15 45th Congress (1877-79) convenes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 17 Henry Morton Stanley reaches Boma during trip cross Africa

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 20 Franz Schubert's 2nd Symphony in B premieres

Composer Franz Schubert
Franz Schubert
  • Oct 22 The Blantyre mining disaster in Scotland kills 207 miners. Those widows and orphans who were unable to support themselves were evicted by the mine owners and likely sent to the Poor House.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 Razor Smith, English cricketer (d. 1946)
  • Oct 8 Hans Heysen, German-born landscape artist (d. 1968)
  • Oct 11 John Parsons Beach, composer
  • Oct 13 Bernard Bosanquet, cricketer (pioneer of googly)
  • Oct 18 Florence Dahl Walrath, humanitarian, founded Cradle society
  • Oct 20 Josephine McGill, composer
  • Oct 24 Pavel Grigor'yevich, composer
  • Oct 24 Rika H E Hopper, Dutch actress (Anastasia)
  • Oct 25 Henry Norris Russell, astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram)
  • Oct 27 George Thompson, English cricketer (d. 1943)
  • Oct 28 Joe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1952)
  • Oct 29 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (Yorks & Eng SLA, played Tests 1899-1930)
  • Oct 29 Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (d. 1966)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore (b. 1814)
  • Oct 14 Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 16 John Zwijsen, archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 83
  • Oct 16 Theodore Barrière, French dramatist (b. 1823)
  • Oct 28 Johann Herbeck, composer, dies at 45
  • Oct 28 Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist (b. 1835)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 29 Nathan Bedford Forrest, American Confederate general, dies at 56

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest