What Happened in October 1897

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 George Bernard Shaw's "Devil's Disciple" premieres in NYC

  • Oct 5 Swedish explorer Solomon August Andrée expedition to the North Pole reaches White Island
  • Oct 8 Emperor Karl Joseph I named Gustav Mahler director of Opera
  • Oct 15 Aaron and Samuel Bloch carry 1st Mail Pouch
  • Oct 15 King Leopold II takes Belgian crown
  • Oct 21 Yerkes Observatory of University of Chicago is dedicated
  • Oct 22 World's first car dealer opens in London

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 3 Josephine "Mama Jo" Riley Matthews, midwife (SC)
  • Oct 3 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), born in Paris, France (d. 1982)
  • Oct 6 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • Oct 8 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Oct 10 Lamar Stringfield, composer
  • Oct 10 Pricilla L Williams, social activist/humanitarian
  • Oct 11 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1942)
  • Oct 11 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d.
  • Oct 11 Nathan F Twining, USAF general (Neither Liberty nor Safety)
  • Oct 11 Russell Collins, New Orleans LA
  • Oct 16 Harrison Kerr, composer
  • Oct 16 Louis de Cazenave, France's oldest living man
  • Oct 18 Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist (d. 1980)
  • Oct 19 Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (d. 1994)
  • Oct 20 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukrainian economist (Plan, profit, bonuses)
  • Oct 20 Crown Prince Eun of Korea (d. 1970)
  • Oct 24 Lazar Weiner, Russian-born American composer, born in Cherkasy, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • Oct 28 Hans Speidel, nazi chief-staff/NATO-supreme commander
  • Oct 28 Edith Head, Hollywood costume designer (8 Oscars), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1981)
  • Oct 29 Hope Emerson, American actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), born in Hawarden, Iowa (d. 1960)

Person of interestJoseph Goebbels

Oct 29 Joseph Goebbels, German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany (1933-45), born in Rheydt, Germany (d. 1945)

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • Oct 30 Agustín Lara, Mexican composer and one of the most popular songwriters of his era (Granada, Solamente Una Vez), born in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz (d. 1970)
  • Oct 31 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1952)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 8 Martin Pluddemann, composer, dies at 43
  • Oct 8 Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter (b. 1830)
  • Oct 9 John Heemskerk Azn, Dutch Internal minister (1866..88), dies at 79
  • Oct 11 Leon Boelmann, French organist/composer (Suite Gothique), dies at 35
  • Oct 17 Isidor Dannstrom, composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 19 George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist (b. 1831)
  • Oct 21 Paul Kuczynski, Polish composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 24 Francis Turner Palgrave, poet/editor (Golden Treasury), dies at 73
  • Oct 28 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), dies at 72