On This Day

What Happened in October 1783

Historical Events

  • Oct 6 Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock
  • Oct 15 Jean Pilstre de Rozier makes 1st tethered balloon ascent

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 13 Frantiszek Sołtyk, Polish composer, born in Piastów, Poland (d. 1865)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert

Oct 29 Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert, French philosopher and mathematician (Encyclopédie), dies at 66

Enlightenment Philosopher Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert
Enlightenment Philosopher
Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert