October 1849 in History

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Events in History


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.

  • Oct 6 The execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad after the Hungarian war of independence.
  • Oct 16 Avery College establishes in Allegheny, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 16 British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 6 Basil Zaharoff, Greek arms dealer (merchant of death), born in Mu─čla, Turkey (d. 1936)
  • Oct 7 James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (Raggedy Man)
  • Oct 26 Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician (d. 1917)
  • Oct 30 Johan Willem, son of Dutch princess Marianne & coachman

Deaths in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 7 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • Oct 16 George Washington Williams, 1st major African American historian, dies