On This Day

What Happened in October 1768

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 British troops under General Thomas Gage land in Boston
  • Oct 30 First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 William Carr Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician, born in Bedgebury, Kent, England (d. 1854)
  • Oct 11 Adriaan van den Ende, Dutch vicar and educationalist, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1846)
  • Oct 13 Jacques Félix Emmanuel Hamelin, French explorer, born in Honfleur, Calvados, France (d. 1839)
  • Oct 26 Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician, born in Radzyń Podlaski, Poland (d. 1844)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Robert Simson, Scottish mathematician (Simson line), dies at 80
  • Oct 28 Michel Blavet, French court flautist/composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 31 Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian opera composer, dies at 78