On This Day

Historical Events in October 1899

  • Oct 2 Orange Free state mobilizes
  • Oct 3 J S Thurman patents motor-driven vacuum cleaner
  • Oct 9 1st British troops reaches Durban, South Africa
  • Oct 9 South Africa President Kruger routes British authorities ultimatum
  • Oct 10 African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame
  • Oct 11 South African Boers declare war on Great Britain
  • Oct 12 South Africa Boer Republic declares war on Britain
  • Oct 13 7,000 laid-off black mine workers of South Africa reach Natal

Historic Event

Oct 14 Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill departs to South Africa

  • Oct 15 Cincinnati closes season with 16-1 & 19-3 victories over Cleve Spiders
  • Oct 17 Sutro railroad sold to Robert F Morrow for $215,000
  • Oct 20 Battle at Talana Hill, Natal: British army vs Boers
  • Oct 20 American yacht Columbia beats the Shamrock challenge from Royal Ulster Yacht Club in 11th America's Cup
  • Oct 21 Battle at Elandslaagte Natal: (Boers vs British army)
  • Oct 22 British troops flee Dundee, Natal South Africa
  • Oct 24 Battle at Rietfontein, South Africa: Boers vs British army
  • Oct 30 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal: Boers defeat the British, leading to the Siege of Ladysmith
  • Oct 30 British Morning Post reporter Winston Churchill reaches Capetown