On This Day

What Happened in October 1772

Historical Events

Historic Event

Oct 30 Captain James Cook arrives with ship Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 Fran├žois-Louis Perne, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1832)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Oct 21 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English romantic poet (Rime of Ancient Mariner), born in Ottery St Mary, Devon (d. 1834)

  • Oct 25 Corneille Vander Planken, Belgian violinist and composer (d. 1849)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 7 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist, dies of smallpox at 51
  • Oct 8 Jean-Joseph Cassenea de Mondonville, French composer and violinist, dies at 60