What Happened in October 1888

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 National Geographic magazine publishes for the 1st time
  • Oct 3 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern
  • Oct 8 28th British Golf Open: Jack Burns shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • Oct 9 Washington Monument opens for public admittance
  • Oct 10 Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania

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Oct 17 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Oct 19 Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs
  • Oct 20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • Oct 23 Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested

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Oct 29 Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company

British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
British Prime Minister
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Oct 30 John J Loud patents ballpoint pen
  • Oct 30 Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland £100 per month
  • Oct 31 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Claud Allister, actor (Bulldog Drummond), born in London, England
  • Oct 3 Roy Webb, American film composer, born in New York City (d. 1981)
  • Oct 4 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (d. 1954)
  • Oct 6 Li Ta-chao, co-founder with Mao Zedong (Chinese Communist Party)
  • Oct 6 Max Butting, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1976)
  • Oct 6 Roland Garros, French pilot (d. 1918)
  • Oct 7 Henry A Wallace, (D/P) 33rd VP (1941-45)/founder Progressive Party
  • Oct 8 Clifford Heatherley, Preston England, actress (For Love or Money)
  • Oct 9 Hank Patterson, Alabama, actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres)
  • Oct 9 Irving Cummings Sr, American silent screen star/director (Curly Top), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 9 Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician (d. 1938)
  • Oct 11 Piero Coppola, composer
  • Oct 14 Ernest Pingoud, composer

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Oct 14 Katherine Mansfield (Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry), New Zealand short story writer (The Garden Party), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1923)

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield
  • Oct 16 Eugene O'Neill, American dramatist (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 16 Paul Popenoe, American activist (d. 1979)
  • Oct 23 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician (d. 1961)
  • Oct 25 Francois Pauwels, Dutch writer/attorney

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Oct 25 Richard E. Byrd, American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1957)

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • Oct 25 Nils von Dardel, Swedish painter (d. 1943)
  • Oct 26 E Runar Schildt, Finnish writer (Segrande Eros)
  • Oct 26 Nestor Ivanovich Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist Insurrectionary leader (d. 1934)
  • Oct 30 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek Olympic champion (d. 1913)
  • Oct 31 George Hubert Wilkins, Aust, polar explorer (Flying the Arctic)
  • Oct 31 Harold Vincent Milligan, composer
  • Oct 31 Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet (d. 1944)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 8 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian Minister of Justice, dies
  • Oct 16 John Wentworth, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815)
  • Oct 19 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary/founder (Flemish Wind), dies at 38