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Events in History


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 4 Spencer Perceval becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after William Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of Portland retires due to ill health

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder's Stand.

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Albrecht F H, prince of Prussia
  • Oct 4 Robert Cumming Schenck, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1890)
  • Oct 11 Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist (d. 1887)
  • Oct 22 Volney E. Howard, American politician (d. 1889)
  • Oct 27 Peter "Peerke" Donders, Dutch RC missionary to Suriname

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Wybo Fijnje, politician/patriot/journalist, dies at 59
  • Oct 8 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist (b. 1721)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 11 Meriwether Lewis, (Lewis & Clark Expedition), commits suicide at 35

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 30 William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1783, 1807-09), dies after an operation to remove a kidney stone at 71

British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck