What Happened in October 1879

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Cincinnati Enquirer publishes 1st report on baseball reserve clause
  • Oct 2 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Musgrave Ritual" (BG)
  • Oct 7 Germany & Austrian-Hungary sign Twofold Covenant
  • Oct 8 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.
  • Oct 12 British troops occupy Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Oct 19 Afghan's emir Mohammed Yakub forced to resign

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

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