On This Day

What Happened in October 1893

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 3rd worst hurricane in US history kills 1,800 (Mississippi)
  • Oct 6 Nabisco Foods invents Cream of Wheat
  • Oct 13 Vigilant (US) beats Valkyrie II (UK) in 9th America's Cup, in New York
  • Oct 14 George Edwarde's "Gaiety Girl" premieres in London
  • Oct 14 Harry Wright suggests umps keep ball-strike count a secret
  • Oct 23 C. Dazey's "In Old Kentucky" premieres in NYC (27 seasons)
  • Oct 25 Battle of Shangani, Matabeleland: Dr Jameson beats Ndebeles
  • Oct 27 Hurricane hits coast between Savannah, Georgia & Charleston, South Carlolina

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Oct 28 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky conducts first performance of his Symphony Number Six in B minor, "Pathetique"

  • Oct 30 US Senate approves repealing Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Faith Baldwin, American author (They Who Love), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1978)
  • Oct 1 Cliff Friend, American pianist and songwriter, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • Oct 1 Ip Man, Chinese martial artist, and a master teacher of Wing Chun, born in Foshan, Guangdong, Qing China (d. 1972)
  • Oct 2 Leroy Shield, American pianist and composer (Laurel & Hardy), born in Waseca, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • Oct 3 Bedřich Havlík, Czech composer, born in Řípec, Czech Republic (d. 1964)
  • Oct 8 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, born in Epping, England (d. 1968)
  • Oct 9 Heinrich George [Georg August Friedrich Hermann Schulz], German actor (Hitlerjunge Quex), born in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany (d. 1946)
  • Oct 9 Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer, photographer and modernist, born in São Paulo (d. 1947)
  • Oct 10 August Balthazar, Belgian politician, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1952)
  • Oct 10 Willi Apel, German-American musicologist (Harvard dictionary of music), born in Konitz, West Prussia (d. 1988)
  • Oct 12 Pall Isolfsson, Icelandic composer, born in Stokkseyri, Iceland (d. 1974)
  • Oct 12 Velvalee Dickinson, American spy, convicted of espionage against the United States on behalf of Japan during World War II, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1980)
  • Oct 14 Lillian Gish, American silent film and stage actress (Birth of a Nation), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • Oct 15 Ina Claire [Fagan], American actress (Ninotchika), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)
  • Oct 15 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), born in Peleș Castle, Sinaia, Kingdom of Romania (d. 1953)
  • Oct 17 Jean Binet, Swiss composer, born in Geneva (d. 1960)
  • Oct 17 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist , born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1970)
  • Oct 18 Roy Del Ruth, DE, director (About Face, Babe Ruth Story, Star Show)
  • Oct 18 Sidney Holland, Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1949-57), born in Greendale, New Zealand (d. 1961)
  • Oct 18 Georges Ohsawa, Japanese founder of Macrobiotics (d. 1966)
  • Oct 20 Charley Chase, American comedian, actor and director (d. 1940)
  • Oct 23 Jean Absil, Belgian organist and composer (Peau d'Ane), born in Bonsecours; (d. 1974)
  • Oct 23 Ernest Julius Öpik, Kunda, Estonian Astronomer and Astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos
  • Oct 24 Merian C. Cooper, American film director and producer (King Kong) and aviator (Kościuszko Squadron, Director-Pan American Airways), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1973)
  • Oct 26 Miloš Crnjanski, Serbian poet (Seobe), born in Csongrád, Austria-Hungary (d. 1977)
  • Oct 27 Johan G Dancer, Dutch poet (Meetings)
  • Oct 28 Christopher Kelk Ingold, English chemist (Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority rules), born in London (d. 1970)
  • Oct 28 Otto Huiswoud, Suriname-born political activist and editor-in-chief (Negro Worker), born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1961)
  • Oct 30 Charles Atlas [Angelo Siciliano], Italian-American bodybuilder, born in Acri, Cosenza, Italy (d. 1972)
  • Oct 30 Jan Romein, Dutch historian (Low Countries at Sea), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1962)
  • Oct 30 Roland Freisler, German Nazi judge (July 20th plotter case) and politician, born in Celle, Lower Saxony, German Empire (d. 1945)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 12 Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (37) weds Margaret James Murray

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 4 Pieter J Elout van Soeterwoude, MP (AR), dies at 88
  • Oct 6 Ford Madox Brown, British painter, dies at 72
  • Oct 10 Lip Pike, American baseball player, dies at 48
  • Oct 16 Carlo Pedrotti, composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 Patrice MacMahon, duc de Magenta, President of France (b. 1808)
  • Oct 18 Charles Gounod, French composer (La reine the Saba), dies at 75
  • Oct 18 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), dies at 75

Person of interestJohn Abbott

Oct 30 John Abbott, 3rd Prime Minister of Canada (C) (1891-92), dies of brain cancer at 72

3rd Prime Minister of Canada John Abbott
3rd Prime Minister of Canada
John Abbott