October 1903 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 5 Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices.
  • Oct 6 The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
  • Oct 8 J M Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen" premieres in Dublin
  • Oct 9 11" (28.4 cm) rainfall in 24 hrs (NYC)
  • Oct 10 The Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women's rights in Britain.
  • Oct 12 Lyric Theater opens at 213 W 42nd St NYC
  • Oct 13 Victor Herbert's "Babes in Toyland" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 16 Homel, 1st Jewish self defense organization founded in Russia
  • Oct 20 US wins disputed boundary between District of Alaska & Canada
  • Oct 24 First trotter to run a mile under 2 minutes (Lou Dillon 1:58.1)
  • Oct 24 George Sutton becomes billards champion
  • Oct 26 Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay
  • Oct 30 In violation of their promise to evacuate Manchuria, the Russian reoccupy Mukden and reinforce their troops in Manchuria

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Lord Roborough, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Oct 4 Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician, historian and genealogist (d. 1993)
  • Oct 5 Jimmy Ritz, US comic (Ritz Brothers-Blazing Stewardesses)
  • Oct 5 M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (d. 1989)
  • Oct 6 Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
  • Oct 7 Louis S B Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist
  • Oct 10 Charles T von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, Count of Flanders/prince
  • Oct 12 Grayson Kirk, educator, born in Jeffersonville, Ohio
  • Oct 16 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • Oct 17 Nathanael West, American novelist (Day of the Locusts)
  • Oct 18 Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist
  • Oct 22 George Beadle, US biologist (Nobel 1958)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 24 Melvin Purvis [Little Mel], American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and John Dillinger, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina (d. 1960)

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • Oct 25 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman (d. 1976)
  • Oct 25 Harry Shoulberg, American painter (d. 1995)
  • Oct 28 Evelyn A Waugh, author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop), born in London, England

Deaths in History

  • Oct 4 Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • Oct 7 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • Oct 23 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66