On This Day

What Happened in October 1874

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Rotterdam opens drinking water pipes
  • Oct 9 World Postal Union forms in Bern Switzerland
  • Oct 10 Fiji becomes a British possession

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 6 Frank G. Allen, 51st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1950)
  • Oct 8 Nance O'Neil, American actor (Cimarron), born in Oakland, California (d. 1965)
  • Oct 9 Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1947)
  • Oct 12 Jimmy Burke, American MLB third baseman (Pittsburgh Pirates), coach (World Series 1932, NY Yankees) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1942)
  • Oct 14 Margarete Susman, German-Jewish writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1966)
  • Oct 15 Otallo Morales, Spanish composer, born in Almería, Spain (d. 1957)
  • Oct 15 Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1899)
  • Oct 20 Charles Ives, American composer (Holiday Quick Step), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 1954)
  • Oct 21 Albert Aftalion, Bulgaria/French economist
  • Oct 26 Martin Lowry, English chemist (Brønsted–Lowry acid–base theory), born in Low Moor, Bradford (d. 1936)

Person of interestOwen D. Young

Oct 27 Owen D. Young, American industrialist (RCA) and diplomat (Young Plan), born in Stark, New York (d. 1962)

Diplomat and Industrialist Owen D. Young
Diplomat and Industrialist
Owen D. Young

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 6 Thomas Tellefsen, Norwegian pianist and composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 23 Abraham Geiger, German theologian and leader of Reform Judaism, dies at 64
  • Oct 26 Peter Cornelius, German composer, dies at 49