What Happened in October 1901

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 First Royal Naval submarine launched at Barrow
  • Oct 4 Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (England) in 12th America's Cup

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 Theodore Roosevelt renames "Executive Mansion" as "The White House"

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Oct 14 Justin Huntly McCarthy's "If I were King" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 16 Baron Hayashi of Japan begins negotiations in London to make an alliance with the British and strengthen Japan's position against Russians
  • Oct 18 Belgium's Louise of den Plas begins activities towards women rights
  • Oct 19 Edward Elgar's "Pomp & Circumstance March" premieres in Liverpool
  • Oct 19 Santos-Dumont proves airship manoeuverable by circling Eiffel Tower
  • Oct 24 First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
  • Oct 25 In Great Britain, Joseph Chamberlain, Colonial Affairs Secretary, makes an anti-German speech in Edinburgh; when word reaches Germany it leads to widespread agitation against the British and eventual breakdown of negotiations for an Anglo-German alliance
  • Oct 26 First recorded use of "getaway car" occurs after holding up a shop in Paris
  • Oct 27 1st complete performance of Debussy's "Nocturnes"
  • Oct 29 In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine.
  • Oct 30 Battle at Bakenlaagte: Lieutenant-Colonel Benson's British unit vs Boers

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Christopher Clarkson, test Pilot
  • Oct 2 [Ignatius] Roy [D] Campbell, South African poet (Flowering Rifle)
  • Oct 2 Charles Stark Draper, Windsor Missouri, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines
  • Oct 3 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), born in Iwata, Shizuoka (d. 1971)
  • Oct 3 Jean Grémillon, French film director (d. 1959)
  • Oct 4 [Robert] Carroll Nye, actor (Gone with the Wind), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Oct 5 Johan Fiolet, Dutch actor/director
  • Oct 5 John Alton, cinematographer
  • Oct 5 Willy Lages, German chief of Sicherheitsdienst in Amsterdam
  • Oct 7 Frank Boucher, Canadian all-star NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • Oct 7 Ralph Rainger, composer
  • Oct 7 Suvanna Phuma, premier of Laos
  • Oct 8 Eivind Groven, composer
  • Oct 10 Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter/sculptor
  • Oct 11 Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, born in Veselí nad Lužnicí (d. 1987)
  • Oct 13 Benjamin Merkelbach, architect/city builder of Amsterdam
  • Oct 13 Edward Chapman, Harrogate England, actor (Promoter, Rembrandt)
  • Oct 14 Willem A Wagenaar, journalist/writer (Shanghai)
  • Oct 15 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats)
  • Oct 15 Hermann Abs, director (Deutsche Bank)/Hitler's advisor
  • Oct 15 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier
  • Oct 18 Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, composer
  • Oct 18 Barbara Brown, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1975)
  • Oct 19 Arleigh A Burke, Colo, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross)
  • Oct 20 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer
  • Oct 21 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament scholar (Deuteronomium)
  • Oct 22 Charles Huggins, Canada, US physician
  • Oct 24 Gilda Gray, Polish-born American actress and dancer (d. 1959)
  • Oct 28 Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (d. 1979)
  • Oct 29 Daniele Amfiteatrov, composer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 9 Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr (27) weds Abby Aldrich in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Abdur Rahman Khan, Emir of Afghanistan
  • Oct 10 Lorenzo Snow, fifth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1814)
  • Oct 19 Carl Frederik Tietgen, Danish financier and industrialist (b. 1829)
  • Oct 23 Georg von Siemens, founder (Deutsche Bank), dies
  • Oct 24 Paul Henrion, composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 29 Leon Czolcosz, assassin of President McKinley, is electrocuted
  • Oct 30 ... Opperman, South African Boer general (Spy), killed in battle
  • Oct 30 U Benson, British lt-col (Magers' fountain), killed in battle