On This Day

What Happened in October 1708

Historical Events

  • Oct 9 Great Northern War: Battle at Lesnaya (N.S): Russian army captures Swedish convoy
  • Oct 21 Dutch & English troops occupy Lille (Rijsel)
  • Oct 22 Great Alliance occupies Rijsel

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 16 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1777)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 John Blow, English baroque composer (Venus & Adonis), dies at 59
  • Oct 7 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet, dies following an assassination attempt at 41
  • Oct 10 David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (b. 1659)
  • Oct 11 Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (Tschirnhaus transformation), dies at 57
  • Oct 13 Henry van Nassau, mister of Ouwerkerk and fieldmarshal, dies at 67
  • Oct 18 Henry Van Nassau, stable master/fieldmarshal, dies at 67
  • Oct 22 Herman Witsius [Wits], reformed theologist, dies at 72
  • Oct 24 Kowa Seki, Japanese mathematician
  • Oct 28 Prince George of Denmark, Prince Consort of Anne of England, dies at 55