On This Day

What Happened in October 1799

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 Duke of York & Russians capture Alkmaar in Netherlands
  • Oct 6 Battle of Castricum: Franco-Dutch army beats British-Russian army
  • Oct 9 Sinking of British frigate HMS Lutine, with the loss of 240 men and cargo worth £1,200,000 off Dutch coast
  • Oct 10 Convention of Alkmaar: British-Russian invasion army departs Holland
  • Oct 22 Russia leaves second anti-French Coalition

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Rufus Choate, American lawyer (Hall of Fame), born in Ipswich, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • Oct 5 Anthony Gerhard Alexander van Rappard, Dutch politician, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1869)
  • Oct 15 August Ferdinand Haeser, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1844)
  • Oct 30 Ignace Bourget, French Canadian Bishop of Montreal, born in Lévis, Province of Lower Canada, British Empire (d. 1885)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Antonio Dinis da Cruz e Silva, Portuguese poet (O Hissope), dies at 68
  • Oct 16 Antoine-Frederic Gresnick, composer, dies at 44
  • Oct 23 William Paca, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 58
  • Oct 24 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 59