On This Day

Historical Events in October 1869

  • Oct 1 1st postcards are issued (Vienna, Austria)
  • Oct 5 A strong hurricane known as the Saxby Gale devastates the Bay of Fundy region in Maritime Canada. Incredibly British naval officer Stephen Martin Saxby predicted the storm 10 months earlier in December 1868 via astronomy.
  • Oct 5 Man-made tunnel under St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota collapses, threatening the Minneapolis riverfront

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Oct 6 Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzer" premieres

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • Oct 16 Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing

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Oct 18 Henrik Ibsen's "De Unges Forbund" premieres in Christiania (Oslo), Norway

Playwright Henrik Ibsen
Playwright
Henrik Ibsen
  • Oct 21 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore
  • Oct 26 1st American steeplechase horserace at Westchester, NY