What Happened in October 1879

Historical Events

  • 1st Cincinnati Enquirer publishes 1st report on baseball reserve clause
  • 2nd Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Musgrave Ritual" (BG)
  • 7th Germany & Austrian-Hungary sign Twofold Covenant
  • 8th War of the Pacific: the Chilean Navy defeats the Peruvian Navy in the Battle of Angamos, Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau is killed in the encounter.
  • 12th British troops occupy Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 19th Afghan's emir Mohammed Yakub forced to resign

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22nd Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

Famous Birthdays

  • 2nd Wallace Stevens, poet (Ideas of Order), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 4th Edward Murray East, Du Quoin Illinois, American Botanist and Geneticist who developed hybrid corn
  • 5th Halfdan Cleve, composer
  • 5th John Erskine, US, poet/pianist (Private Life of Helen of Troy)
  • 7th Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • 7th Joseph Bovet, composer
  • 13th Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie)
  • 15th Jane Darwell, [Patti Woodward], Palmyra MO, actress (Huckleberry Finn)
  • 15th Sara Allgood, actress (Blackmail, Storm in a Teacup), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 18th Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer
  • 21st Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer
  • 25th Jean Rogister, composer
  • 25th Mayhew Lester Lake, American composer, born in Southville, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • 28th Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer
  • 28th Channing H. Cox, 49th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • 29th Franz JHMM von Papen, German diplomat/chancellor (1932)
  • 29th Alva B. Adams, American politician (d. 1941)
  • 30th Eily Malyon, actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch, Devotion), born in London, England

Famous Deaths

  • 8th Miguel Grau Seminario, Peruvian Admiral (b. 1834)
  • 14th F Kornberger, writer, dies at 58
  • 28th Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, French writer (b. 1799)
  • 31st Big Snake, brother of Ponca chief Standing Bear, dies
  • 31st Jacob Abbott, American author (b. 1803)
  • 31st Joseph Hooker, American General (b. 1814)