What Happened in October 1872

Historical Events

  • Oct 2 Morgan State University founded

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 Phileas Fogg sets out on his journey as depicted in Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days"

Novelist Jules Verne
Novelist
Jules Verne
  • Oct 3 Bloomingdale's department store in NY opens
  • Oct 9 Aaron Montgomery starts his mail-order business
  • Oct 12 Montreal Foot Ball Club 1st game playing Quebec City to 0-0 tie
  • Oct 29 J S Risdon patents metal windmill

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Israël Querido, Dutch writer (Menschenwee), born in Amsterdam (d. 1932)
  • Oct 6 Mikhail Kuzmin, Russian writer (d. 1936)
  • Oct 8 John Cowper Powys, British writer (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), born in Shirley, Derbyshire (d. 1963)
  • Oct 11 Harlan Fiske Stone, Chief Justice Supreme Court (1941-46), born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire (d. 1946)
  • Oct 12 Ralph Vaughan Williams, English composer (Hugh the Drover), born in Down Ampney, England (d. 1958)
  • Oct 14 Reginald "R.F." Doherty, British tennis player (4-time Wimbledon champion), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1910)
  • Oct 15 Wilhelm Miklas, Austrian politician and 3rd President of Austria (1928-38), born in Krems, Lower Austria, Austria-Hungary (d. 1956)
  • Oct 18 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun
  • Oct 24 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record), born in Millom, England (d. 1957)
  • Oct 27 Emily Post, American authority on social behaviour and writer (Etiquette), born in Baltimore, Maryland [or Oct 3rd, 1873] (d. 1960)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Eberhard Friedrich Walcker, German organ builder (Paulskirche Frankfurt A/M), dies at 78

Person of interestWilliam H. Seward

Oct 10 William H. Seward, American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), dies at 71

US Secretary of State William H. Seward
US Secretary of State
William H. Seward
  • Oct 14 Prince Albert of Prussia, Prussian colonel general, dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer, dies at 78
  • Oct 23 Théophile Gautier, French writer, historian and poet (Albertus, La Chanson de Roland, Émaux et camées), dies at 61