On This Day

What Happened in October 1817

Historical Events

  • Oct 9 University of Gent officially opens
  • Oct 20 1st Mississippi "Showboat" leaves Nashville on maiden voyage

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Gunnar Wennerberg, Swedish poet and composer, born in Lidköping, Sweden (d. 1901)
  • Oct 5 Eduard Franck, German composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1893)
  • Oct 7 Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • Oct 10 C. H. D. Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist (Buys Ballot's law), born in Kloetinge, Netherlands (d. 1890)
  • Oct 17 Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim leader, born in Delhi, Mughal Empire
  • Oct 17 Samuel Ringgold Ward, Maryland, minister/abolitionist (Fugitive Negro)
  • Oct 23 Pierre Athanase Larousse, French lexicographer (d. 1875)
  • Oct 24 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, born in Draguignan, France (d. 1880)
  • Oct 27 Antoni de Kontski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1899)
  • Oct 30 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Jahresbericht of Chemistry), born in Hanau, Hesse-Kassel, Germany (d. 1892)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • Oct 12 Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, German composer, dies at 66

Person of interestTadeusz Kościuszko

Oct 15 Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish-Lithuanian Military Leader and statesman considered a national hero, dies at 71 after falling from a horse, developing a fever and suffering a stroke

Military Leader and Statesman Tadeusz Kościuszko
Military Leader and Statesman
Tadeusz Kościuszko
  • Oct 15 Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Swiss traveller and orientalist, 1st European to discover Petra and Abu Simbel, dies at 32
  • Oct 16 Manuel C Piar, Curacaos/Venezulian freedom writer, dies
  • Oct 18 Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, French composer (b. 1763)
  • Oct 26 Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (b. 1727)