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

Antonio Salieri

Oct 10 Composer Antonio Salieri (24) weds Therese Helferstorfer

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 13 Willem Bentinck, Dutch politician and 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