What Happened in October 1880

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 John Philip Sousa becomes new director of US Marine Corps Band

  • Oct 4 University of California founded in Los Angeles
  • Oct 15 Cologne Cathedral, Germany completed, 633 years after it was begun
  • Oct 15 Mexican soldiers kill Victorio, one of the greatest Apache military strategists.
  • Oct 20 Amsterdam Free University opens

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 George Alexander Russell, composer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 4 Damon Runyon, journalist and writer (Guys & Dolls-based on his work), born in Manhattan, Kansas (d. 1946)

Journalist and Author Damon Runyon
Journalist and Author
Damon Runyon
  • Oct 6 Julia Culp, mezzo-soprano
  • Oct 7 Jaime Pahissa, composer
  • Oct 8 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, born in Pasuruan, Malang, Indonesia (d. 1950)
  • Oct 12 Healey Willan, Anglo-Canadian composer, born in Balham, London (d. 1968)
  • Oct 12 Louis Hémon, French novelist (Maria Chapdelaine), born in Brest, France (d. 1913)
  • Oct 13 Sasha Cherny, Russian poet (d. 1932)
  • Oct 14 Otto V Ekelund, Swedish poet/writer (Sak och sken)
  • Oct 22 Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
  • Oct 23 Una O'Connor, Irish-American actress (David Copperfield), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1959)
  • Oct 26 Andrei Bely [Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev], Russian writer (Petersburg), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1934)
  • Oct 30 Abram F Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 27 Theodore Roosevelt, later 26th US President marries Alice Hathaway Lee, on his 22nd birthday

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 William Lassell, English astronomer (1st moon of Neptune), dies
  • Oct 5 Jacques Offenbach, German-born composer (b. 1819)
  • Oct 6 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician/astronomer, dies
  • Oct 14 Victorio, Apache chief/murderer, killed by Mexican army
  • Oct 16 Edward Wolff, composer, dies at 64