On This Day

What Happened in October 1894

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 Civic organization, Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben founded in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oct 1 First meeting of The Owl Club of Cape Town

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Oct 15 Captain Alfred Dreyfus arrested and accused of espionage in France

Jewish Artillery Officer Alfred Dreyfus
Jewish Artillery Officer
Alfred Dreyfus
  • Oct 17 Ohio national guard kills 3 lynchers while rescuing a black man

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Oct 28 German Emperor Wilhelm II fires chancellor Leo von Caprivi & Premier Botho zu Eulenburg

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Oct 29 First election of Hawaiian Republic
  • Oct 30 Daniel Cooper patents time clock
  • Oct 30 Domenico Melegatti obtains a patent for a procedure to be applied in industrial production of pandoro (a traditional Italian sweet yeast bread).

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Ricardo Castillo, Guatemalan composer, born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala (d. 1966)
  • Oct 3 Elmer Robinson, American politician (33rd Mayor of San Francisco), born in San Francisco (d. 1982)
  • Oct 3 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII, born in Osnabrück, Hanover, Prussia, Germany (d. 1976)
  • Oct 4 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • Oct 5 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), born in Kimberley, Northern Cape (d. 1948)
  • Oct 7 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer
  • Oct 7 Del Lord, American director (d. 1970)
  • Oct 11 Albert Stoessel, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • Oct 12 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans) (d. 1964)
  • Oct 12 Elisabeth Antoinette de Vreugd, chambermaid for Dutch queen, born in Katwijk, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • Oct 14 E.E.Cummings (Edward Estlin), poet (Tulips & Chimneys), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 15 Moshe Sharett, 2nd Prime Minister of Israel (1954-55), born in Kherson, Russian Empire (d. 1965)
  • Oct 18 H. L. Davis, American author (d. 1960)
  • Oct 20 Olive Thomas, American actress (The Flapper), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)
  • Oct 21 Rampo Edogawa, Japanese author and critic (d. 1965)
  • Oct 22 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)
  • Oct 23 Rube Bressler, baseball player (d. 1966)
  • Oct 24 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author, born in Darbhanga district, Bihar, British India (d. 1987)
  • Oct 26 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1981)
  • Oct 27 Fritz Sauckel, German Nazi General of Labor, born in Hassfurt, Germany (d. 1946)
  • Oct 27 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, born in Westminster, London (d. 1978)
  • Oct 30 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, born in London (d. 1930)
  • Oct 30 Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1977)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 7 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), dies at 85
  • Oct 8 Norbert Rillieux, American chemical engineer and inventor (sugar refiner), dies at 88
  • Oct 19 James Darmesteter, French author and antiquarian (translations of the Avesta, the sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism), dies at 45
  • Oct 20 James Anthony Froude, English historian and novelist (The Nemesis of Faith), dies at 76
  • Oct 30 Honoré Mercier, Canadian politician and 9th Premier of Quebec (1887-91), dies at 54