On This Day

What Happened in October 1889

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Dutch soccer club HFC Haarlem is founded; National champions 1946; bankrupt in 2010; merge with HFC Kennemerland, new club Haarlem Kennemerland
  • Oct 1 Washington voters adopt state constitution in referendum
  • Oct 2 1st Pan American conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • Oct 2 In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
  • Oct 6 Moulin Rogue opens in Paris

Historic Event

Oct 6 Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture

  • Oct 10 Barnard College is founded in New York City after Columbia University refuses to accept women
  • Oct 15 Amsterdam Central Station officially opens
  • Oct 18 First all-NYC "World Championship" Baseball Series; New York Giants (NL) play Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA); Giants go on to win series, 6-3

Theater Premiere

Oct 20 Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Vor Sonnenaufgang" (Before Dawn) premieres in Berlin to a scandalous reception

  • Oct 24 Softball rules adopted by Mid Winter Indoor Baseball League
  • Oct 29 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Polo Grounds, NYC: defending champion NY Giants (NL) beat Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA), 3-2 in Game 9 to claim series, 6-3
  • Oct 29 Stanley Park dedicated in Vancouver, BC
  • Oct 31 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris closes after 32 million visitors

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Carl von Ossietzky, German journalist and pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1935), born in Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1938)
  • Oct 4 John B. Kelly, American rower and father of Grace Kelly (3 x Olympic gold 1920, 24), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • Oct 5 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (Memorias de Mamá Blanca), born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • Oct 6 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Noce I Dnie)
  • Oct 8 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • Oct 10 Han [Henricus Antonius] van Meegeren, Dutch painter and art forger (Vermeer), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1947)
  • Oct 13 Douglass Dumbrille, Canadian actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1974)
  • Oct 14 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1979)
  • Oct 14 Jean Canneel, Flemish sculptor, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1963)
  • Oct 18 Fannie Hurst, novelist (Anatomy of Me)
  • Oct 19 Uncle Art Satherley, British-American record producer (Academy of Country Music Award, 1968), born in Bristol, England (d. 1986)
  • Oct 20 Margaret Dumont, American actress and Marx Brothers' comic foil (Day at the Races), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1965)
  • Oct 25 Abel Gance, French movie director (J'accuse), born in Paris (d. 1981)
  • Oct 25 'Smoky' Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher/outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; MLB wins leader 34–5 1912; pitched no-hitter 1911; Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • Oct 27 Enid Bagnold, British novelist (Chalk Garden, 1956 Award of Merit), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 1981)
  • Oct 28 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, born in Nicolet, Quebec (d. 1975)
  • Oct 29 Li Ta-chao [Dazhao], Chinese intellectual and co-founder with Mao Zedong of Chinese Communist Party, born in Laoting, Zhili Province (now Hebei), China (d. 1927)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 Karel Miry, Belgian composer (De Vlaamse Leeuw), dies at 66
  • Oct 10 Adolf von Henselt, German composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 11 James Prescott Joule, English physicist (b. 1818)
  • Oct 17 N.G. [Nikolay Gavrilovich] Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (What Is to Be Done?), dies at 61
  • Oct 18 Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (invented a telephone-like device), dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Luís I, King of Portugal (1861-89), dies at 50
  • Oct 22 Olivier Metra, French composer (Esperance!), dies at 59
  • Oct 24 Loisa Puget, French composer, dies at 79