What Happened in October 1846

Historical Events

  • Oct 10 Alexis de Tocqueville writes about "Algerian problem"
  • Oct 10 Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell
  • Oct 15 American Dr William Thomas Green Morton's 1st public use of ether
  • Oct 16 Dentist William T Morton demonstrates effectiveness of ether
  • Oct 28 Pioneers suffer blizzard in Sierra Nevada; 42 die
  • Oct 31 Donner party, unable to cross the Donner Pass, construct a winter camp

Famous Birthdays

George Westinghouse

Oct 6 George Westinghouse, American entrepreneur and engineer (air brakes, alternating current system), born in Central Bridge, New York (d. 1914)

  • Oct 21 Edmondo de Amicis, Italian writer (Cuore)
  • Oct 23 Alexander Arkhangelsky, Russian composer, born in Penza, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • Oct 28 Auguste Escoffier, French chef and culinary writer, 'king of chefs & chef of kings', born in Villeneuve-Loubet, France (d. 1935)

Famous Weddings

Charles Tupper

Oct 8 Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper (25) weds Frances Amelia Morse (20) in Amherst, Nova Scotia

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Benjamin Waterhouse, American physician co-founder of Harvard Medical School, and smallpox vaccine pioneer, dies at 92
  • Oct 29 Jean Louis van Aelbroeck, Flemish agronomist, dies at 90