On This Day

What Happened in October 1851

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 1st Hawaiian stamps issued
  • Oct 2 The pasilalinic-sympathetic compass(a contraption built to test the pseudo-scientific hypothesis that snails create a permanent telepathic link when they mate) is demonstrated but proves to be a fake.
  • Oct 24 William Lassell discovers Ariel & Umbriel, satellites of Uranus
  • Oct 30 Alfred de Musset's "Bettine" premieres in Paris

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Ferdinand Foch, French Allied military commander and marshal of France during WW I, born in Tarbes, France (d. 1929)
  • Oct 15 George Foot Moore, American theologist (Hebrews, Old Testament), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)
  • Oct 16 James Ten Eyck, champion rower/coach (Ten Eyck Trophy namesake)
  • Oct 19 Empress Myeongseong, Empress of Korea (d. 1895)
  • Oct 21 George Ulyett, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; 949 runs, 50 wickets), born in Pitsmoor, Yorkshire (d. 1898)
  • Oct 23 Guillaume Couture, composer
  • Oct 31 Lovisa of Sweden, Queen of Denmark, born in Stockholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1926)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (b. 1767)
  • Oct 19 Marie Thérèse Charlotte (b. 1778)
  • Oct 31 Peter II, prince-bishop of Montenegro (1830-51) and poet (The Ray of The Microcosm), dies at 37