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)

Person of interestGeorges Bizet

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

Composer Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
  • 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