On This Day

What Happened in October 1836

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 After 5 years at sea Charles Darwin returns to England aboard the HMS Beagle

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • Oct 12 18" of snow falls in Bridgewater, NY

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 22 Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of the Republic of Texas

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • Oct 24 Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 Juliette Adam, French author (Salon/Nouvelle Revue) and feminist, born in Verberie, Oise, France (d. 1936)
  • Oct 5 George Washington Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • Oct 15 Thomas Lafayette Rosser, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Campbell County, Virginia (d. 1910)
  • Oct 15 James Tissot, French artist, born in Nantes, France (d. 1902)
  • Oct 22 Mungo Park, Scottish golfer (British Open 1874), born in Inveresk, East Lothian (d. 1904)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 10 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, dies at 61
  • Oct 10 Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson the 3rd President of the U.S., dies at 64
  • Oct 16 Friedrich Theodor Frohlich, composer, dies at 33
  • Oct 17 Orest Kiprensky, Russian painter (b. 1782)