On This Day

Historical Events in October 1881

  • Oct 4 Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano
  • Oct 11 David Houston patents roll film for cameras
  • Oct 12 Henry M Stanley signs contract with Congo monarch
  • Oct 13 Revival of Hebrew language as Eliezer Ben-Yehuda & friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations
  • Oct 14 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Bob Ferguson retains title with 3 stroke win over Jamie Anderson in shocking weather conditions
  • Oct 15 1st American fishing magazine, "American Angler" published
  • Oct 22 Boston Symphony Orchestra gives its first concert

Statue of Liberty

Oct 24 Levi P Morton, US ambassador to France drives first rivet in Statue of Liberty

The Gunfight at OK Corral

Oct 26 Gunfight at the OK Corral: The most famous shootout in the Wild West occurs, between lawmen (including Wyatt Earp) and the Cowboys, with Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton killed

  • Oct 29 Judge (U.S. magazine) first published
  • Oct 31 Metropolitan club plays its last game of its non-league season. They win 80 of 151 games (18-43 versus NL teams)