On This Day

What Happened in October 1896

Historical Events

  • Oct 5 William Gillette's "Secret Service" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal is arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • Oct 13 First public screening of a motion picture in New Zealand
  • Oct 17 Anton Tsjechovs "Chayka" premieres in St Petersburg
  • Oct 26 Abyssinia & Italy sign peace treaty
  • Oct 27 1st Pali Road completed in Hawaii (winds so strong streams flow UP!)

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Ted Healy [Ernest Lee Nash], American actor and comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), born in Kaufman, Texas (d. 1937)
  • Oct 3 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (Versos humanos), born in Santander, Spain (d. 1987)
  • Oct 6 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, Brazilian pianist and composer, born in Itajubá, Brazil (d. 1976)
  • Oct 6 Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, born in Graz (d. 1978)
  • Oct 7 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (NZ all-rounder in their early Tests)

Person of interestElijah Muhammad

Oct 7 Elijah Muhammad [Elijah Robert Poole], American religious leader (Nation of Islam), born in Sandersville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Religious Leader Elijah Muhammad
Religious Leader
Elijah Muhammad
  • Oct 8 Julien Duvivier, French film director (La Bandera), born in Lille, France (d. 1967)
  • Oct 11 Roman Jakobson, Russian-American linguist and Slavic scholar (Fundamentals of Language), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1982)
  • Oct 12 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet and translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975), born in Genoa, Italy (d. 1981)
  • Oct 14 Bud Flanagan [Chaim Reuben Weintrop], English comedian (duo with Chesney Alley), born in London, England (d. 1968)
  • Oct 15 Melville Cooper, English TV panelist (I Got a Secret), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1979)
  • Oct 16 Edmond van Dooren, Flemish painter
  • Oct 19 Bob O'Farrell, American baseball player (d. 1988)
  • Oct 20 Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • Oct 22 Charles Glen King, American biochemist and pioneer of nutrition research who isolated vitamin C, born in Entiat, Washington (d. 1988)
  • Oct 23 André Lévêque, French engineer (d. 1930)
  • Oct 27 Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of Titanic, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1997)

Person of interestHoward Hanson

Oct 28 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1981)

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Oct 30 Anatoly Novikov, Soviet composer (d. 1984)
  • Oct 30 Ruth Gordon, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, Harold & Maude), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1985)
  • Oct 30 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet, born in Tripoli, Greece (d. 1928)
  • Oct 30 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1928)
  • Oct 31 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer (Stormy Weather), born in Chester, Pennslyvania (d. 1977)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 3 William Morris, artist and writer associated with Arts and Crafts movement, dies at 62 London
  • Oct 11 Anton Bruckner, Austrian composer (Te Deum, Wagner Symphony), Wagner disciple and "monumental bore", dies at 72
  • Oct 11 Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1829)
  • Oct 12 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (Council President of Denmark 1865-70), dies at 78
  • Oct 20 Félix Tisserand, French Astronomer, dies at 51
  • Oct 21 James Henry Greathead, British engineer (b. 1844)
  • Oct 26 Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour, French statesman (b. 1827)