On This Day

What Happened in October 1838

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Civil Code enforced (- Jan 1, 1992)
  • Oct 27 Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 6 Giuseppe Cesare Abba, Italian patriot and writer, born in Cairo Montenotte, Italy (d. 1910)
  • Oct 8 John Milton Hay, American politician (Union), born in Salem, Indiana (d. 1905)
  • Oct 22 Carl Fuchs, German composer and musician, born in Potsdam (d. 1922)

Georges Bizet

Oct 25 Georges Bizet, French composer (Carmen), born in Paris (d. 1875)

  • Oct 27 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (1880-1915), born in Buckfield, Maine (d. 1915)
  • Oct 31 Luís I, King of Portugal (1861-89), born in Necessidades Palace, Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1889)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, dies at 70
  • Oct 3 Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
  • Oct 4 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, German composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 15 Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet (Heath's Book of Beauty), dies at 36
  • Oct 19 Henry Fagel, baron/court clerk of States-General/diplomat, dies at 73