On This Day

What Happened in October 1836

Historical Events

Historic Expedition

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

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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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)