On This Day

What Happened in October 1789

Historical Events

Bill of Rights

Oct 2 George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification

  • Oct 3 Washington proclaims 1st national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26

Women's March on Versailles

Oct 5 French Revolution: Women of Paris march to Versailles in the March on Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to promulgate the decrees on the abolition of feudalism, demand bread, and have the King and his court moved to Paris

French Revolution

Oct 6 French Revolution: Louis XVI returns to Paris from Versailles after being confronted by the Parisian women on 5 October

  • Oct 12 French Revolution: King Louis XVI writes secretly to the King of Spain about complaining of harsh treatment; the Count of Artois writes to the Austrian king requesting military intervention in France

Historic Event

Oct 15 1st US presidential tour by George Washington in New England

  • Oct 21 French Revolution: The National Assembly declares martial law in France to prevent uprisings

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Francis Gregory, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1866)
  • Oct 8 John Ruggles, American politician, born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • Oct 8 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist, born in Newington, London (d. 1855)
  • Oct 14 Constant van Crombrugghe, Flemish monastery founder, born in Geraardsbergen, Belgium (d. 1865)
  • Oct 16 William Burton, Governor of Delaware (1859-63) (d. 1866)
  • Oct 18 Giovanni Tadolini, composer
  • Oct 24 Jean Chrétien Baud, Dutch gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1834-36), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1859)
  • Oct 24 Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, Spanish composer, born in Tàrrega, Catalonia (d. 1855)
  • Oct 26 Joseph Mayseder, Austrian violinist and composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1863)
  • Oct 28 Johann Schneider, German composer and organist (d. 1864)

Famous Weddings

Noah Webster

Oct 26 Lexicographer Noah Webster (31) weds Rebecca Greenleaf

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 10 Pierre-Louis Couperin, French organist and composer, dies at 34
  • Oct 15 John Morgan, American physician-in-chief of Continental Army and co-founder of the Medical College at the University of Pennsylvania, the first medical school in Colonial America, dies at 54
  • Oct 24 Joaquín Martínez de Oxinagas, composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 24 Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken, Dutch poet, dies at 68
  • Oct 27 John Cook, American farmer and Governor of Delaware (b. 1730)