On This Day

What Happened in October 1654

Historical Events

  • Oct 12 The Delft Explosion (gunpowder) devastates the city in the Netherlands, killing more than 100
  • Oct 15 Prince Willem III appointed viceroy of Overijssel

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 23 Johann Bernhard Staudt, Austrian Jesuit composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1712)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 12 Rembrandt Carel Fabritius, painter, is injured in the Delft Explosion and later dies of his injuries
  • Oct 30 Emperor Go-Kōmyō, 110th emperor of Japan, dies at 21
  • Oct 31 Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Spanish organ composer, dies at about 70