On This Day

What Happened in October 1632

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Battle at Castelnaudary: Duke Henri de Montmorency's rebel army loses
  • Oct 5 Henry Casimir I appointed viceroy of Groningen

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestChristopher Wren

Oct 20 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), born in East Knoyle, Wiltshire (d. 1723)

Architect Christopher Wren
Christopher Wren
  • Oct 24 Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Dutch microscopist who was the first to observe bacteria and protozoa and naturalist (Philosophical Transactions), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1723)

Person of interestJan Vermeer

Oct 31 Jan Vermeer [Johannes Vermeer], Dutch painter (Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Astronomer), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1675)

Painter Jan Vermeer
Jan Vermeer

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 12 Kutsuki Mototsuna, Japanese samurai commander (b. 1549)
  • Oct 30 Henri de Montmorency, French duke/plotter, beheaded