On This Day

What Happened in October 1831

Historical Events

  • Oct 9 Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, assassinated in Nafplion

Music concertMusic Concert

Oct 17 Felix Mendelssohn's 1st Piano concert in G, premieres

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn

Faraday, the Blacksmith's Boy Who Changed the WorldFaraday, the Blacksmith's Boy Who Changed the World

Oct 28 Michael Faraday demonstrates his dynamo invention, an electrical generator
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Michael Faraday working in his converted kitchen laboratory in the 1850s. Painting by artist Harriet Moore.
Michael Faraday working in his converted kitchen laboratory in the 1850s. Painting by artist Harriet Moore.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Claudius Charles Wilson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Effingham County, Georgia (d. 1863)
  • Oct 6 Richard Dedekind, German mathematician (Nature & Meaning of Numbers), born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1916)
  • Oct 15 Helen Hunt Jackson, American author (Ramona), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • Oct 18 Frederik III NK of Hohenzollern, German Kaiser/king of Prussia
  • Oct 31 Daniel Butterfield, American Major General (Union Army), assistant US Treasurer, born in Utica, New York (d. 1901)
  • Oct 31 Paolo Mantegazza, Italian neurologist and anthropologist, born in Monza, Italy (d. 1910)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 9 Ioannis Kapodistrias, President (1829-31) and founding father of modern Greece.
  • Oct 14 Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (b. 1761)