On This Day

What Happened in October 1793

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 A warrant is issued for the arrest of French mathematician and philosopher Marquis de Condorcet forcing him into hiding

Enlightenment Philosopher Marquis de Condorcet
Enlightenment Philosopher
Marquis de Condorcet

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 French Revolution: Christianity is disestablished in France.

Politician and Revolutionary Georges Danton
Politician and Revolutionary
Georges Danton
  • Oct 16 Battle of Wattignies: French defeat Allied forces and lift siege of Maubeuge

InventionHistoric Invention

Oct 28 Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • Oct 31 Execution of Girondins in Paris during Reign of Terror

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 28 Eliphalet Remington, American firearms manufacturer (Remington Arms Co., L.L.C.), born in Suffield, Connecticut (d. 1861)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 7 Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, British politician, dies at 75

Person of interestJohn Hancock

Oct 8 John Hancock, American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, dies at 56

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • Oct 9 Jean Joseph Marie Amiot, French missionary (b. 1718)

BattleMarie Antoinette

Oct 16 Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1774-92) who allegedly uttered the phrase "let them eat cake", beheaded at 37

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
  • Oct 16 John Hunter, Scottish surgeon and founder of pathological anatomy in England, dies at 65
  • Oct 19 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, dies at 62
  • Oct 21 Johann Ernst Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 31 Pierre-Victurnien Vergniaud, French politician and police leader, guillotined at 40