On This Day

What Happened in October 1792

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 Baptist Missionary Society forms in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 12 First celebration of Columbus Day in the USA held in New York

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • Oct 13 "Old Farmer's Almanac" is 1st published and edited by Robert Thomas
  • Oct 13 Cornerstone laid for the Executive Mansion (White House) in Washington
  • Oct 29 Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Cipriani Potter, English pianist and composer, born in London (d. 1871)
  • Oct 3 Francisco Morazán, 2nd President of The Federal Republic of Central America, born in Tegucigalpa, Guatemala, New Spain (d. 1842)
  • Oct 5 Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer, born in Warrington, England (d. 1844)
  • Oct 12 Christian Gmelin, German chemist, born in Tübingen, Germany (d. 1860)
  • Oct 13 Moritz Hauptmann, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1868)
  • Oct 19 Dirk Donker Curtius, Dutch attorney/minister of Justice (liberal)
  • Oct 20 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer
  • Oct 20 Colin Campbell/Lord Clyde, British officer (Sepoy-uprising)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestGeorge Mason

Oct 7 George Mason, American statesman (advocated for the Bill of Rights), dies of natural causes at 66

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason
  • Oct 22 Guillaume Le Gentil, French astronomer, dies at 67
  • Oct 28 Paul Möhring, German physician and scientist, died at 82
  • Oct 28 John Smeaton, British civil engineer, dies at 68