What Happened in October 1881

Historical Events

  • Oct 4 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
  • Oct 11 David Houston patents roll film for cameras
  • Oct 12 Henry M Stanley signs contract with Congo monarch
  • Oct 13 Revival of Hebrew language as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda & friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations
  • Oct 14 21st British Golf Open: Bob Ferguson shoots a 170 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Oct 15 1st American fishing magazine, American Angler published
  • Oct 22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert
  • Oct 24 Levi P Morton, US ambasador to France drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp
OK Corral Sheriff
Wyatt Earp
Gunfighter in the American Old West Doc Holliday
Gunfighter in the American Old West
Doc Holliday
  • Oct 29 Judge (U.S. magazine) first published.
  • Oct 31 Metropolitan club plays its last game of its non-league season They win 80 of 151 games (18-43 versus NL teams)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer
  • Oct 1 William Edward Boeing, founded aircraft co (Boeing)
  • Oct 2 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, born in Mulhouse (d. 1951)
  • Oct 3 Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer
  • Oct 4 [Heinrich A H] Walther von Brauchitsch, German fieldmarshal
  • Oct 5 Otto V Kuusinen, Fin/Rus communist President of Karelo-Finnish SR (1940-56)
  • Oct 7 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (d. 1918)
  • Oct 11 Stark Young, US critic/writer (So Red the Rose)
  • Oct 11 Hans Kelsen, Austrian legal theorist (d. 1973)
  • Oct 12 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, composer
  • Oct 12 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), born in Berlin Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • Oct 13 George Bacovia, [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer/painter
  • Oct 15 P G Wodehouse, British-American writer (Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves)
  • Oct 22 Clinton Davisson, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
  • Oct 24 Paulus B Barth, Swiss painter/lithographer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 25 Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (3 Dancers, Guernica), born in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain (d. 1973)

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
  • Oct 26 Margaret Wycherly, actress (Keeper of the Flame), born in London, England
  • Oct 28 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (d. 1969)
  • Oct 28 Vin Coutie, Australian footballer
  • Oct 30 Lena Christ, German writer (The Rumplhanni), born in Glonn, Bavaria (d. 1920)
  • Oct 30 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and author (d. 1941)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Frantisek Matej Hilmar, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 3 Orson Pratt, American religious leader (b. 1811)
  • Oct 22 Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, dies at 67
  • Oct 26 Billy Clanton, brother of Ike, dies
  • Oct 31 George Washington De Long, American Arctic Explorer, dies during his disastrous expedition to the North Pole at 37