On This Day

What Happened in October 1784

Historical Events


A Salute to the Military Genius, Napoleon BonaparteA Salute to the Military Genius, Napoleon Bonaparte

Oct 30 Napoléon Bonaparte admitted to the elite École Militaire in Paris, the start of his military career
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Death and despair as Napoléon and his Grand Army retreat from Russia. Artist: Adolf Northen
Death and despair as Napoléon and his Grand Army retreat from Russia. Artist: Adolf Northen

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 14 Ferdinand VII, King of Spain, born in El Escorial, Spain (d. 1833)
  • Oct 15 Thomas Hastings, American composer, born in Washington, Connecticut (d. 1872)
  • Oct 15 Thomas Robert Bugeaud, Marshal of France and duke of Isly, born in Limoges, France (d. 1849)
  • Oct 19 John McLoughlin, Hudson's Bay Co pioneer in Oregon Country
  • Oct 19 Leigh Hunt, British writer

Person of interestHenry John Temple

Oct 20 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, British Prime Minister (1855-58 and 1859-65), born in Westminster, Middlesex (d. 1865)

British Prime Minister Henry John Temple
British Prime Minister
Henry John Temple