On This Day

What Happened in October 1886

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 US mint at Carson City, Nevada, closes
  • Oct 7 Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
  • Oct 10 1st dinner jacket (tuxedo) worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY
  • Oct 12 Hurricane & sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas
  • Oct 15 Modest Mussorgsky's musical fantasy "Night on Bald Mountain" premieres in St. Petersburg's Kononov Hall, Russia
  • Oct 23 St Louis Browns win World Championship by beating Chicago 4-3 in 10

USAStatue of Liberty

Oct 28 Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City
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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
  • Oct 30 Great Britain and Germany agree boundaries in East Africa

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian and author (My Life), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1954)
  • Oct 2 Pierre Balledux, Dutch stage manager and resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1976)
  • Oct 3 Henri Alain-Fournier, French novelist (Le Grand Meaulnes), born in La Chapelle-d'Angillon, Cher, France (d. 1914)
  • Oct 4 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1962)
  • Oct 5 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage Great Dictator), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1977)
  • Oct 6 Edwin Fischer, Swiss pianist and conductor (d. 1960)
  • Oct 7 Johannes B Tielrooy, Dutch literary (Chateaubriand)
  • Oct 9 Frank Newburg, American actor (Homemaker), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • Oct 9 Rube Marquard, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • Oct 12 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (Son of the Sheik), born in Copenhagen (d. 1934)
  • Oct 16 Armin T Wegner, writer

Person of interestDavid Ben-Gurion

Oct 16 David Ben-Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (1948-53, 1955-63), born in PÅ‚onsk, Poland (d. 1973)

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • Oct 17 Spring Byington, American actress (December Bride), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1971)
  • Oct 22 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (d. 1970)
  • Oct 23 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • Oct 24 Delmira Agustini, Uruguayan poet (El Libro Blanco), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1914)
  • Oct 26 Gustav Hermann Unger, German composer, born in Kamenz, Germany (d. 1958)
  • Oct 26 Mark Aldanov,, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), born in Kiev (d. 1957)
  • Oct 28 Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Georgian Bolshevik and Soviet politician, born in Ghoresha, Kutais Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • Oct 30 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), born in Humansville, Missouri (d. 1958)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 William Hepworth Thompson, English classical scholar and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)
  • Oct 10 David L Yule, 1st Jewish US senator, dies
  • Oct 18 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • Oct 21 Jose Hernandez, Argentine poet (La vuelta the MartinFierro), dies at 51
  • Oct 23 Johann Nepomuk Kafka, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 67