On This Day

What Happened in October 1796

Historical Events

  • Oct 5 Spain declares war on England

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 John Richardson, Canadian writer (Wacousta, or the prophecy), born in Queenston, Ontario, Canada (d. 1852)
  • Oct 9 Joseph Bonomi the Younger, English artist and Egyptologist, born in London, England (d. 1878)
  • Oct 14 Adolf Ganz, German composer and violinist, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1870)
  • Oct 23 Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1857)
  • Oct 24 August von Platen, German poet, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1835)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 7 Thomas Reid, Scottish philosopher and founder of Scottish School of Common Sense, dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Victor Amadeus III of Savoy (b. 1726)
  • Oct 27 Anton Thadaus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz, composer, dies at 45