On This Day

What Happened in October 1704

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 František Tůma, Czech composer, born in Kostelec nad Orlicí, Bohemia (d. 1774)
  • Oct 9 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician, born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1777)
  • Oct 17 Willem Bentinck, orangist
  • Oct 29 John Byng, English admiral executed by firing squad at 52 for neglecting his duty in defence of Minorca, born in Southill, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1757)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Cornelis Dusart, Dutch painter and engraver, dies at 44
  • Oct 3 Jean-Baptiste Denys, French physician who performed the 1st human blood transfusion, a xenotransfusion, dies at about 61

Person of interestJohn Locke

Oct 28 John Locke, English empiricist philosopher; influential Enlightenment thinker and "Father of Liberalism" (Two Treatises of Government), dies at 72

Philosopher John Locke
Philosopher
John Locke