On This Day

What Happened in October 1774

Historical Events

  • Oct 14 1st Continental Congress makes Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia
  • Oct 20 American Continental Congress orders discouragement of entertainment
  • Oct 21 First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America.
  • Oct 26 First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia
  • Oct 26 Minutemen organized in US colonies

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 7 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer
  • Oct 14 Hubert Matthijs Adriaan Jan van Asch van Wijck, Dutch lawyer and politician, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1843)
  • Oct 18 Adolf Muller, German dramatist and critic, born near Weissenfels (d. 1829)

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 10 Composer Antonio Salieri (24) weds Therese Helferstorfer

Composer Antonio Salieri
Antonio Salieri

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 13 Willem Bentinck, mister of Rhoon/Pendrecht/Orangist, dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Robert Fergusson, Scottish poet (Scottish Poems), dies at 24
  • Oct 23 Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary and scientist, dies at 59