On This Day

What Happened in October 1849

Historical Events

Historic Event

Oct 3 American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.

  • Oct 6 The execution of the 13 Martyrs of Arad after the Hungarian war of independence.
  • Oct 16 Avery College establishes in Allegheny, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 16 British seize Tigre Island in Gulf of Fonseca from Honduras

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 6 Basil Zaharoff, Greek arms dealer (merchant of death), born in Muğla, Turkey (d. 1936)
  • Oct 7 James Whitcomb Riley, American poet (Raggedy Man)
  • Oct 16 Arnold Krug, German composer, born in Hamburg (d. 1904)
  • Oct 16 Charles Harford Lloyd, British organist and composer, born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1919)
  • Oct 26 Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician (Frobenius–Stickelberger formulae), born in Charlotteburg, Berlin, Germany (d. 1917)
  • Oct 30 Johan Willem, son of Dutch princess Marianne & coachman

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 6 Lajos, Count Batthyany, 1st Prime Minister of Hungary, executed by firing squad at 42

Edgar Allan Poe

Oct 7 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • Oct 16 George Washington Williams, 1st major African American historian, dies

Frederic Chopin

Oct 17 [Fryderyk] Frédéric Chopin, Polish-French pianist and composer (Concert in F Minor), dies of tuberculosis at 39