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 African Americans petition legislature for equal school facilities

Historic Event

Oct 27 Federalist Papers start appearing in New York newspapers under pseudonym "Publius" (written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay)

Music 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


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, born in Militsch (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 (Della Moneta), dies at 58