What Happened on October 23, 1869

Day of the Week: Saturday

Famous Birthdays

  • Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch singer

Person of interestJohn Heisman

John Heisman, American football coach who legalized the forward pass, originated the center snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1936)

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman

Famous Deaths


Person of interestEdward Smith-Stanley

Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1852, 1858-59, 1866-68), dies at 70

British Prime Minister Edward Smith-Stanley
British Prime Minister
Edward Smith-Stanley
  • Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer, dies at 72