What Happened in October 1793

Historical Events

  • Oct 5 French Revolution: Christianity is disestablished in France.
  • 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, US gun maker

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 7 Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, English politician (b. 1718)

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

Person of interestMarie 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 V Vergniaud, French politician/police leader, guillotined at 40