On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1871

  • Oct 5 Alexander Afanasyev, Russian ethnographer and folklorist, dies at 45
  • Oct 10 Octavius Catto, American educator (Institute for Colored Youth, 1859-71), civil rights activist, and baseball player (Philadelphia Pythians, 1865-71), killed in election day race riot in Philadelphia at 32

Person of interestCharles Babbage

Oct 18 Charles Babbage, English mathematician/inventor (calculator), dies of renal failure at 79

Inventor Charles Babbage
Inventor
Charles Babbage
  • Oct 22 Roderick Murchison, Scottish Geologist (Silurian system), dies at 79