On This Day

What Happened in October 1787

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Russians under Suvorov defeat the Turks at Kinburn.
  • Oct 2 Maagden House opens in Amsterdam
  • Oct 10 Amsterdam surrenders to Prussian invasion army
  • Oct 17 Boston blacks, petition legislature for equal school facilities
  • Oct 26 "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution
  • Oct 27 Federalist letters start appearing in New York newspapers

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 29 Opera "Don Giovanni", music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte premieres at the National Theater of Bohemia in Prague

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 François Guizot, French historian and politician (17th Prime Minister of France), born in Nîmes, France (d. 1874)
  • Oct 30 Karl Guhr, German composer (d. 1848)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Thomas Stone, US attorney and signer of the US Declaration of Independence, dies at about 44
  • Oct 7 Henry Muhlenberg, German-born founder of the U.S. Lutheran Church, dies at 76
  • Oct 30 Ferdinando Galiani, Italian economist/philosopher/diplomat, dies at 58