October 1860 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 8 Telegraph line between LA & SF opens
  • Oct 12 British & French troops capture Beijing
  • Oct 13 1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon), Boston
  • Oct 15 11-year-old Grace Bedell writes to Lincoln, tells him to grow a beard
  • Oct 18 The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 3 Annie EF Horniman, England, theater owner (Abbey Theatre, Dublin)
  • Oct 4 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes)
  • Oct 6 Oscar L Helfrich, Dutch governor (Curacao)
  • Oct 6 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch foreign minister (1908-13)
  • Oct 12 Elmer A Sperry, inventor (gyrocompass)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 31 Juliette Gordon Low, American activist/founder (Girl Scouts of America), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1927)

Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA Juliette Gordon Low
Founder of Girl Scouts of the USA
Juliette Gordon Low

Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Louis Hersent, painter, dies
  • Oct 12 Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces, dies at 73
  • Oct 24 Elie Decazes, French Bourbon Restoration politician, dies at 80
  • Oct 31 Johan Nathan, murderer, hanged
  • Oct 31 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral (b. 1775)