What Happened in October 1873

Historical Events

  • Oct 3 Captain Jack and companions are hanged for their part in the Modoc War.
  • Oct 4 Toronto Argonauts Football Club (CFL) forms as Argonaut Rowing Club rugby-football squad; oldest existing pro sports team in North America still using original name
  • Oct 4 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Tom Kidd beats countryman Jamie Anderson by 1 stroke; first Open not held at Prestwick GC
  • Oct 8 First women's prison run by women opens at Indiana Reformatory Institute
  • Oct 11 Toronto Argonaut Football Club 1st game losing to U of Toronto
  • Oct 18 1st football game between Toronto Argonauts & Hamilton Tigers
  • Oct 18 Columbia Princeton Rutgers & Yale set rules for collegiate football
  • Oct 30 P T Barnum's circus, "Greatest Show on Earth", debuts (New York City)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Pelham Warner, English cricketer (England 1898-1912, later notable official), born in The Hall, Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1963)
  • Oct 2 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Savage, Maryland (d. 1938)
  • Oct 6 Oscar George Theodore Sonneck, composer
  • Oct 8 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1967)
  • Oct 9 Karl Schwarzschild, German astronomer (Schwarzschild effect), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1916)
  • Oct 9 Carl Flesch, Hungarian violinist, born in Mosonmagyaróvár, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • Oct 14 José Serrano Simeón, Spanish composer, born in Sueca, Valencia, Spain (d. 1941)
  • Oct 14 Ray Ewry, American track and field athlete (8 Olympic golds 1900, 04, 08), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1937)
  • Oct 14 Jules Rimet, French football administrator (3rd President of FIFA 1921-54), born in Theuley, Franche-Comté, France (d. 1954)
  • Oct 18 Ivanoe Bonomi, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1951)
  • Oct 19 Barton King, cricketer (North America's greatest all-rounder)

Person of interestJaap Eden

Oct 19 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • Oct 21 George P Gooch, English historian/MP
  • Oct 22 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (d. 1950)
  • Oct 23 William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (d. 1975)
  • Oct 24 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, Southport, Lancashire, U.K., British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions)
  • Oct 26 Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (1924-26, 1929-42), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • Oct 27 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, born in Melbourne (d. 1926)
  • Oct 29 Guillermo Valencia, Colombian poet, translator and statesman
  • Oct 30 Francisco Madero, Mexican revolutionary, president (1911-13)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Cornelius Varley, water-color painter, dies
  • Oct 3 Kintpuash, [Captain Jack], fought Modoc indians, Oregon, dies
  • Oct 6 Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist, dies at 76
  • Oct 9 George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • Oct 21 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (b. 1807)
  • Oct 29 Ernest Feydeau, French author, dies at 52
  • Oct 29 Johan N M J, king of Saxon (1854-73), dies
  • Oct 29 Leonardus Lightenvelt, minister of RC Worship, dies at 78