What Happened in October 1897

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 George Bernard Shaw's "Devil's Disciple" premieres in NYC

  • Oct 5 Solomon Andrees baloon/polar expedition reaches White Island
  • Oct 8 Emperor Karl Joseph I named Gustav Mahler director of Opera
  • Oct 15 Aaron/Samuel Bloch carry 1st Mail Pouch
  • Oct 15 King Leopold II takes Belgian crown
  • Oct 21 Yerkes Observatory of University of Chicago is dedicated
  • Oct 22 World's first car dealer opens in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Josephine "Mama Jo" Riley Matthews, midwife (SC)
  • Oct 3 Louis Aragon, French writer (d. 1982)
  • Oct 6 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Mr Dithers-Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 8 Rouben Mamoulian, movie director/author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause)
  • Oct 10 Lamar Stringfield, composer
  • Oct 10 Pricilla L Williams, social activist/humanitarian
  • Oct 11 Arvo Hannikainen, composer
  • Oct 11 George Preston Marshall, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins)
  • Oct 11 Nathan F Twining, USAF general (Neither Liberty nor Safety)
  • Oct 11 Russell Collins, New Orleans LA
  • Oct 16 Harrison Kerr, composer
  • Oct 16 Louis de Cazenave, France's oldest living man
  • Oct 18 Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist (d. 1980)
  • Oct 19 Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (d. 1994)
  • Oct 20 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukrainian economist (Plan, profit, bonuses)
  • Oct 20 Crown Prince Eun of Korea (d. 1970)
  • Oct 24 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer (d. 1982)
  • Oct 28 Hans Speidel, nazi chief-staff/NATO-supreme commander
  • Oct 28 Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer (8 Oscars), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1981)
  • Oct 29 Hope Emerson, Hawarden Iowa, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 29 Joseph Goebbels, German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany (1933-45), born in Rheydt, Germany (d. 1945)

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • Oct 30 Rex Cherryman, American actor (d. 1928)
  • Oct 31 Wilbur (Pete) Henry, NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 8 Martin Pluddemann, composer, dies at 43
  • Oct 8 Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter (b. 1830)
  • Oct 9 John Heemskerk Azn, Dutch Internal minister (1866..88), dies at 79
  • Oct 11 Leon Boelmann, French organist/composer (Suite Gothique), dies at 35
  • Oct 17 Isidor Dannstrom, composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 19 George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist (b. 1831)
  • Oct 21 Paul Kuczynski, composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 24 Francis Turner Palgrave, poet/editor (Golden Treasury), dies at 73
  • Oct 28 Hercules Robinson, South Africa Commissioner (1880-89,1895-97), dies at 72