On This Day

What Happened in October 1818

Historical Events

  • Oct 8 Jack Broughton designed padded gloves first used in a competitive boxing match between 2 unnamed English boxers at Aix-la-Chapelle in France
  • Oct 9 Congress of Aken returns to France from Libya
  • Oct 19 US Government and Chickasaw Indians sign a treaty
  • Oct 20 49th parallel forms as border between US & Canada
  • Oct 20 US and Britain agree to joint control of Oregon country

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 24 Felix Mendelssohn, aged 9, performs his first public concert in Berlin

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 Francesco Crispi, Italian statesman, born in Ribera, Italy (d. 1901)
  • Oct 6 Joseph Rummel, composer
  • Oct 8 John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician, born in Sevier County, Tennessee (d. 1905)
  • Oct 15 Johann Gungl, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Zsambék, Austrian Empire (d. 1883) (alternatively born March 5 1828)
  • Oct 15 Irvin McDowell, American Major General (Union Army), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1885)
  • Oct 18 Edward Otho Cresap Ord, American engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Cumberland, Maryland (d. 1883)
  • Oct 22 Leconte de Lisle, French poet and writer, born in Saint-Paul, Réunion, France (d. 1894)
  • Oct 25 Pavel Melnikov, Russian historian and author (In the Forests), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Empire [NS=Nov 6]
  • Oct 26 Stefano Golinelli, Italian pianist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1891)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of Abraham Lincoln, dies at 34
  • Oct 22 Joachim H Campe, German theory/author, dies at 72

Person of interestAbigail Adams

Oct 28 Abigail Adams, 2nd first lady (1797-1801), dies of typhoid fever at 73

2nd First Lady of the United States Abigail Adams
2nd First Lady of the United States
Abigail Adams