What Happened in October 1899

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 Orange Free state mobilizes
  • Oct 3 J S Thurman patents motor-driven vacuum cleaner
  • Oct 9 1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa
  • Oct 9 South Africa President Kruger routes British authorities ultimatum
  • Oct 10 African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame
  • Oct 11 South African Boers declare war on Great Britain
  • Oct 12 South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain
  • Oct 13 7,000 layid-off black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Oct 15 Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders
  • Oct 17 Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000
  • Oct 20 Battle at Talana Hill, Natal: British army vs Boers
  • Oct 20 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock (England) in 11th America's Cup
  • Oct 21 Battle at Elandslaagte Natal: (Boers vs British army)
  • Oct 22 British troops flee Dundee, Natal South Africa
  • Oct 24 Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army
  • Oct 30 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers defeat the British, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith
  • Oct 30 British Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill reaches Capetown

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Lajos Bardos, composer
  • Oct 1 Ernest Haycox, American writer (d. 1950)
  • Oct 3 Gertrude Berg, Harlem actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 5 Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer
  • Oct 5 Georg, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1962)
  • Oct 8 Milner Connorton Gray, designer
  • Oct 8 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname relig leader/co-found (VHP)
  • Oct 9 Bruce Catton, US, historian/writer (Civil War)
  • Oct 11 A L "Oosh" Ochse, cricketer (no relation to A E South African fast bowler)
  • Oct 11 Eddie Dyer, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • Oct 13 Marcelle de Manziarly, composer
  • Oct 14 Alan Washbond, US, 2-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1932)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 19 Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan novelist (Hombres de Maiz, Nobel 67), journalist and poet, born in Guatemala City (d. 1974)

Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist Miguel Ángel Asturias
Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist
Miguel Ángel Asturias
  • Oct 20 Evelyn Brent, actress (Panama Lady, Last Coomand), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Oct 20 Marnix Gijsen, [baron Jan-Albert Goris], Flemish writer (Grote God Pan)
  • Oct 23 Lilyan Tashman, actor (Bulldog Drummond), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 24 Ferhat Abbas, Algerian pharmacist/MP chairman (1962-63)
  • Oct 29 Akim Tamiroff, Tiflis Russia, actor (For Whom the Bell Tolls)
  • Oct 30 Ernst H Ridder van Rappard, Dutch SS officer/founder (NSNAP)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Johann Nepomuk Fuchs, composer, dies at 57
  • Oct 20 Robert H "Bobby" Gunning, British colonel (60th Rifles), dies in battle
  • Oct 23 W Penn Symons, British gen-maj, dies in battle
  • Oct 28 C Grant B Allen, Canada, British writer (Woman Who Did), dies
  • Oct 28 Ottmar Mergenthaler, German-born inventor (tuberculosis) (b. 1854)
  • Oct 30 William Henry Webb, American industrialist and philanthropist (b. 1816)