On This Day

Historical Events in October 1888

  • Oct 1 National Geographic magazine publishes for the 1st time
  • Oct 3 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; beats Surry 4-1; first national rugby team to wear all-black & perform the 'haka'

Historic Event

Oct 3 Explorer Fridtjof Nansen and his team complete first known crossing of Greenland interior, arriving in Godthaab

  • Oct 8 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Jack Burns wins his lone Open title by 1 stroke from Ben Sayers and David Anderson Jr
  • Oct 9 Washington Monument opens for public admittance
  • Oct 10 Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania

Historic Event

Oct 15 German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche decides to write his autobiography "Ecce Homo" on his 44th birthday

Historic Invention

Oct 17 Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)

  • Oct 19 Moshav Gederah is attacked by Arabs
  • Oct 20 Chicago and All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 23 Pelham Bay Park in Bronx vested
  • Oct 27 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Sportsman's Park, St. Louis; St. Louis Browns rout NY Giants, 18-7 in Game 10 but lose series, 6-4
  • Oct 30 John J Loud patents ballpoint pen
  • Oct 30 Ndebele-king Lobengula grants Cecil Rhodes, Mashonaland £100 per month
  • Oct 31 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre