October 1888 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 National Geographic magazine publishes for the 1st time
  • Oct 9 Washington Monument opens for public admittance
  • Oct 10 Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 19 Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs
  • Oct 23 Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested
  • Oct 29 Lord Salisbury grants Cecil Rhodes charter for British South Africa Company
  • Oct 30 John J Loud patents ballpoint pen
  • Oct 30 Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland £100 per month

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 6 Li Ta-chao, co-founder with Mao Zedong (Chinese Communist Party)
  • Oct 6 Roland Garros, French pilot (d. 1918)
  • Oct 7 Henry A Wallace, (D/P) 33rd VP (1941-45)/founder Progressive Party
  • Oct 9 Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician (d. 1938)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 14 Katherine Mansfield (Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp Murry), New Zealand short story writer (The Garden Party), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1923)

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield
  • Oct 16 Eugene O'Neill, dramatist (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 16 Paul Popenoe, American activist (d. 1979)
  • Oct 23 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician (d. 1961)
  • Oct 25 Francois Pauwels, Dutch writer/attorney

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 25 Richard E. Byrd, American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1957)

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • Oct 25 Nils von Dardel, Swedish painter (d. 1943)
  • Oct 26 E Runar Schildt, Finnish writer (Segrande Eros)
  • Oct 26 Nestor Ivanovich Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist Insurrectionary leader (d. 1934)
  • Oct 31 George Hubert Wilkins, Aust, polar explorer (Flying the Arctic)
  • Oct 31 Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet (d. 1944)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 8 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian Minister of Justice, dies
  • Oct 16 John Wentworth, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1815)
  • Oct 19 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary/founder (Flemish Wind), dies at 38