On This Day

What Happened in October 1829

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 South African College is founded in Cape Town, South Africa; later to separate into the University of Cape Town and the South African College Schools.
  • Oct 16 Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston)
  • Oct 17 Delaware River & Chesapeake Bay Canal formally opens
  • Oct 17 1st supposed attack on abandoned German teenager Kaspar Hauser
  • Oct 25 Eastern State Penitentiary is opened in Pennsylvanian, the 1st prison in the United States to entirely use the solitary confinement system

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestChester A. Arthur

Oct 5 Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States (1881-85), born in Fairfield Vermont (d. 1886)

21st US President Chester A. Arthur
21st US President
Chester A. Arthur
  • Oct 10 Dandridge McRae, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Baldwin County, Alabama (d. 1899)
  • Oct 15 Asaph Hall, American astronomer who discovered satellites of Mars (Phobos & Deimos), born in Goshen, Connecticut (d. 1907)
  • Oct 18 Charles Sidney Winder, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Oct 18 Lucius Marshall Walker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Oct 27 Christopher Columbus Andres, American diplomat, newspaperman, author, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1922)
  • Oct 30 Roscoe Conkling, American politician (U.S. Senator from New York 1867-81), born in Albany, New York (d. 1888)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 6 Pierre Derbigny, Governor of Louisiana (b. 1769)
  • Oct 12 Jacobus Blue, Dutch regent/patriot, dies at about 73
  • Oct 29 Maria Anna Mozart, Austrian pianist and Wolfgang's sister, dies at 78