On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1793

  • Oct 7 Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, British politician, dies at 75

John Hancock

Oct 8 John Hancock, American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, dies at 56

  • Oct 9 Jean Joseph Marie Amiot, French missionary (b. 1718)

ExecutionMarie Antoinette

Oct 16 Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1774-92) who allegedly uttered the phrase "let them eat cake", beheaded at 37

  • Oct 16 John Hunter, Scottish surgeon and founder of pathological anatomy in England, dies at 65
  • Oct 19 Francesc Morera i Cots, Valencian composer, dies at 62
  • Oct 21 Johann Ernst Hartmann, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 31 Pierre-Victurnien Vergniaud, French politician and police leader, guillotined at 40