What Happened in October 1853

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 Austrian law forbids Jews from owning land
  • Oct 4 Ottoman Empire declares war on the Russian Empire starting the Crimean War after various disagreements including Russian occupation of the Ottoman controlled Danubian Principalities
  • Oct 6 4th National Women's Rights Convention opens in Cleveland Ohio
  • Oct 12 John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey's fans
  • Oct 19 First flour mill in Hawaii begins operations
  • Oct 23 Maastricht-Aken railway in Netherlands opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 13 Lillie Langtry [Emilie Charlotte Le Breton], American actress (His Neighbor's Wife), born in Jersey, Channel Islands (d. 1929)
  • Oct 13 Maria "Beppie" Bakker, Dutch actress and wife of Piet Vink Senior (d. 1949)
  • Oct 14 Ciprian Porumbescu, Romanian composer, born in Șipotele Sucevei, Duchy of Bukovina, Austrian Empire (d. 1883)
  • Oct 17 Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia (d. 1920)
  • Oct 29 Josephine Beall Bruce, African-American activist (NACW) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1923)

Famous Weddings

Benjamin Harrison

Oct 20 23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (20) weds music teacher Caroline Scott (21)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 François Arago, French astronomer, physicist (chromosome) and politician, dies at 67
  • Oct 3 George Onslow, English-French composer (chamber music), dies at 69
  • Oct 29 Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmermann, French pianist and composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 29 William Richard Bexfield, English composer, dies at 29
  • Oct 30 Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer (Triple Oratorio:, Putifar-Giuseppe-Giacobbe), dies at 66