On This Day

What Happened in October 1773

Historical Events

  • Oct 12 America's first asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia

Historic Event

Oct 13 The Whirlpool Galaxy discovered by astronomer Charles Messier

  • Oct 14 The first recorded Ministry of Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej (Polish for Commission of National Education), is formed in Poland
  • Oct 14 American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 6 Louis-Philippe, King of France (1830-48), born in Palais Royal, Paris (d. 1850)
  • Oct 23 Pietro Generali, Italian composer, born in Masserano, Kingdom of Sardinia (d. 1832)

Famous Weddings

Paul Revere

Oct 10 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (38) weds Rachel Walker in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 21 Johann Conrad Schlaun, German baroque architect, dies at 78
  • Oct 26 Amédée-François Frézier, French military engineer and explorer (b. 1682)