What Happened in October 1885

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Special delivery mail service begins in US
  • Oct 3 25th British Golf Open: Bob Martin shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • Oct 13 The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is founded in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Oct 15 Hoss Radbourne pitches his 60th win of season
  • Oct 17 Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season
  • Oct 22 John Ward & several teammates secretly form Brotherhood of Prof Base Ball Players, 1st baseball union
  • Oct 24 Johann Strauss' operetta "Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron)" premieres in Vienna
  • Oct 25 John Brahms' 4th Symphony in E premieres

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Louis Untermeyer, poet/critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 2 Ruth Bryan Rohde, US, (Rep), minister to Denmark
  • Oct 3 Langley Collyer, hoarder (d. 1947)
  • Oct 3 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (d. 1970)
  • Oct 4 Henricus Wijdefield, Dutch architect (Peace Palace)

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Oct 7 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), born in Copenhagen (d. 1962)

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • Oct 8 William Henry Bennett Vodery, composer
  • Oct 10 Walter Anderson, German folklorist (d. 1962)
  • Oct 11 Alfred Haar, Hungary, mathematician
  • Oct 11 Francois Mauriac, France, novelist/poet/playwright (Nobel 1952)
  • Oct 16 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, Italian marathoner (Olympic-DQ gold-1908)
  • Oct 17 Aaf Bouber-ten Hoope, Dutch actress (Jantjes)/wife of Herman Bouber
  • Oct 19 Charles Merrill, American investment banker (d. 1956)
  • Oct 21 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austria, composer/musicologist
  • Oct 21 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Ploeg)
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • Oct 22 Lothar Windsperger, composer
  • Oct 23 Lawren Harris, Canadian painter (d. 1970)
  • Oct 24 Ernest Claes, Belgian author (Saints from Zichem)
  • Oct 27 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (d. 1948)
  • Oct 28 Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian poet and playwright (d. 1922)

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Oct 30 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Cantos), born in Hailey, Idaho (d. 1972)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 10 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Charles S. West, Texas jurist and politician (b. 1829)

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Oct 29 George McClellan, Union army major general, dies of a heart attack at 58

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • Oct 29 James Hannington, English missionary, murdered in Uganda
  • Oct 30 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer, dies at 57