On This Day

What Happened in October 1853

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 Austrian law forbids Jews from owning land
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison
23rd US President
Benjamin Harrison

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, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 29 William Richard Bexfield, English composer, dies at 29
  • Oct 30 Pietro Raimondi, Italian composer (Potifar, Giacobbe), dies at 66