What Happened in October 1847

Historical Events

Historic Invention

Oct 1 German inventor and industrialist Werner von Siemens founds Siemens AG & Halske

  • Oct 1 Maria Mitchell discovers a non-naked-eye comet

Historic Publication

Oct 16 Charlotte Brontë's book "Jane Eyre" published

  • Oct 20 12 year old English boy William Nelman poisons his grandpa with arsenic, would become famous court case

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Annie Besant, English social reformer and supporter of Indian independence, born in London (d. 1933)

Paul von Hindenburg

Oct 2 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), born in Posen, Duchy of Posen, Prussia (d. 1934)

  • Oct 6 Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor, born in Marburg, Germany (d. 1921)
  • Oct 8 Rose Scott, Australian social reformer and suffragette, born in Glendon, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1925)
  • Oct 9 Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburg's coal basin), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1920)
  • Oct 9 Stephanus Jacobus du Toit, South African theologist and journalist (Afrikaner Bond), born in Paarl, South Africa (d. 1911)
  • Oct 10 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, born in Șcheii Brașovului, Romania (d. 1925)
  • Oct 21 Giuseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright, poet, and librettist (Puccini's "La bohème", "Tosca", and "Madama Butterfly"), born in Colleretto Parella, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1906)
  • Oct 22 Jacobus Herculas de la Rey, Boer leader in the South African War (1899–1902), born in Winburg, South Africa (d. 1914)
  • Oct 31 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist and electrical engineer, born in Livorno Ferraris, Italy (d. 1897)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 14 William Michael Rooke, composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 22 Sahle Selassie, Negus of Shewa