On This Day

What Happened in October 1850

Historical Events

  • Oct 17 Knickerbocker Engine Co Number 5 organized

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

Oct 26 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island)

Explorer Robert McClure
Explorer
Robert McClure

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 4 John McGraw, 2nd Governor of Washington (1893-97), born in Penobscot County, Maine (d. 1910)
  • Oct 5 Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer, politician and President of the First Imperial Duma, born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1910)
  • Oct 8 Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist, born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • Oct 18 Francis Thome, French composer, born in Port Louis, Mauritius (d. 1909)
  • Oct 19 Annie Smith Peck, American mountain climber/explorer/diplomat, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1935)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Sarah Biffin [Beffin], English limbless miniature painter, dies at 65 or 66
  • Oct 11 Louise of OrlĂ©ans, Queen of Belgium (1832-50), Wife of Leopold I, dies of TB at 38