What Happened in October 1900

Historical Events

  • Oct 3 Edward Elgar/Cardinal Newmans oratorium premieres in Birmingham
  • Oct 4 Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure "Problem of Thor Bridge" (BG)
  • Oct 4 In a final confrontation, some 4000 Ashantis are defeated by the British in Gold Coast (Ghana)
  • Oct 5 6th US Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 313 at Chicago GC Ill
  • Oct 6 Britain annexes Orange Free State (as Orange River Colony)
  • Oct 7 The term "orienteering" is first used for an event
  • Oct 9 8.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Cape Yakataga, Alaska
  • Oct 10 Foreign ministers in Peking begin their first serious negotiations over what conditions their nations will impose on the Chinese after putting down the Boxer uprising
  • Oct 10 In Manchuria, Russia captures the major city of Mukden, part of their own plan to take over the whole province

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 The first modern submarine is commissioned by the U.S.Navy as the USS Holland, named for its designer John Philip Holland

  • Oct 16 Queen Wilhelmina leaves duke Heinrich "Henry" von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
  • Oct 16 Great Britain and Germany sign the Anglo-German Treaty, agreeing to maintain territorial integrity of China and support 'open door' policy called for by US Secretary of State
  • Oct 18 Count Bernard von Bulow becomes Chancellor of Germany, famous for first referring to Germany's need for 'place in the sun' and global empire
  • Oct 19 Painter Henry O Tanner wins Medal of Honor at Paris Exposition
  • Oct 19 South African President of Transvaal Paul Kruger departs for Europe
  • Oct 24 General Redvers Buller returns to England
  • Oct 25 Great Britain annexes the former Boer South African Republic, renaming it the Transvaal Colony
  • Oct 28 After over 5 months second Olympic games in Paris, France, close
  • Oct 30 First-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in NYC
  • Oct 31 AL pres Ban Johnson writes to NL pres Nick Young seeking peace

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Tom Goddard, English cricketer (d. 1966)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 2 Coco the Clown [Nicolai Poliakoff], Famous Russian clown, born in Dvinsk, Russian Empire (d. 1974)

Famous Clown Coco the Clown
Famous Clown
Coco the Clown
  • Oct 3 Jay Irving, cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), born in NYC, New York

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Oct 3 Thomas Wolfe, American novelist (Look Homeward Angel), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d.1938)

Novelist Thomas Wolfe
Thomas Wolfe
  • Oct 6 Stan Nichols, English cricketer (d. 1961)
  • Oct 7 Heinrich Himmler, a leading Nazi and head of the Gestapo
  • Oct 8 Geoffrey Alan Jellicoe, landscape architect
  • Oct 8 Serge Chermayeff, architect/designer
  • Oct 8 Zeno Octavian Vancea, composer
  • Oct 9 Alastair Sim, Edinburgh Scot, actor (Christmas Carol, Stage Fright)
  • Oct 9 Silvio Cator, Haiti, long jumper (Olympic-silver-1928)
  • Oct 10 Helen Hayes, actress (Caesar & Cleopatra, Happy Birthday), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 11 Cal Hubbard, NFL tackle (Giants, Packers, Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Oct 13 Marius-Francois Gaillard, composer
  • Oct 13 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (d. 1997)
  • Oct 14 Edwin McLeod, cricketer (played in NZ's 2nd-ever Test 1930)
  • Oct 15 Fritz Feld, actor (Jack Benny Show, At the Circus), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Oct 15 Mervyn LeRoy, movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock)
  • Oct 16 Lloyd Corrigan, SF, actor (Papa Dodger-Willy, Prof McKillup-Hank)
  • Oct 16 [Leon] Goose Goslin, baseball hall of famer (AL bat champ 1928)
  • Oct 16 Edward Ardizzone, artist and illustrator (d. 1979)
  • Oct 16 Primo Conti, Italian painter (d. 1988)
  • Oct 17 Jean Arthur, New York, American actress (Shane, Mr Smith Goes to Washington) (d. 1991)
  • Oct 19 Bill Ponsford, cricketer (great Australian batsman, HS 437 Vic v NSW)
  • Oct 19 Theodoro Valcarcel, composer
  • Oct 19 Roy Worters, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1957)
  • Oct 19 Erna Berger, German soprano (d. 1990)
  • Oct 20 Rodolfo Halffter, composer
  • Oct 20 Wayne Morse, (Sen-R/D-Ore)
  • Oct 22 Edward R Stettinius, US, foreign minister (1944-45)/diplomat
  • Oct 22 James Hall, actor (Hell's Angels), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 23 Douglas Jardine, cricketer (England's Bodyline captain)
  • Oct 24 Elizabeth Hill, teacher of Salvonic languages
  • Oct 24 Karl Otto Runolfsson, composer
  • Oct 26 Ibrahim Abbud, general/premier Sudan (1958-64)
  • Oct 26 Karin Boye, writer (Kallocain), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1941)
  • Oct 30 Augustin Lara, composer
  • Oct 30 Ragnar Granit Finnish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1991)
  • Oct 31 Carl Hubbard, Missouri, baseball & football Hall of Famer

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 2 Belgium crown prince Albert von Saksen-Coburg weds Elisabeth of Bayern

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 9 Heinrich von Herzogenberg, composer, dies at 57
  • Oct 14 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter/etcher, dies
  • Oct 14 Sandor Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 54
  • Oct 15 Zdenek Fibich, composer, dies at 49
  • Oct 20 Charles Dudley Warner, US writer (As We Go), dies at 70
  • Oct 20 Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet (b. 1846)
  • Oct 28 Max Müller, German-born orientalist (b. 1823)