On This Day

What Happened in October 1839

Historical Events

Historic Event

Oct 10 British troops under General Charles Napier occupy Beirut

  • Oct 16 Joseph Saxton, a machine inspector at the US Mint, takes 1st daguerrotype photograph in US, of Central High School building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 20 Margaret Fuller is appointed editor of new US Transcendental Magazine "The Dial"

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Hans Thoma, German painter, born in Bernau, Black Forest (d. 1924)
  • Oct 21 Georg von Siemens, founder (Deutsche Bank)
  • Oct 30 Alfred Sisley, French impressionist painter, born in Paris (d. 1899)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 11 Leonor de Almeida marquesa de Alorna, Portuguese poet, dies at 88
  • Oct 18 French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter, dies at 68