Historical Events in October 1901

  • Oct 2 First Royal Navy submarine launched at Barrow-in-Furness
  • Oct 4 Charlie Barr skippered Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (UK), 3-0 on New York City Harbour in 11th America's Cup yachting challenge series

Historic Event

Oct 12 Theodore Roosevelt renames the "Executive Mansion" as "The White House"

  • Oct 14 Justin Huntly McCarthy's "If I were King" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 16 Baron Hayashi of Japan begins negotiations in London to make an alliance with the British and strengthen Japan's position against Russians

Historic Event

Oct 16 Booker T. Washington and his family are invited to dine at the White House with Teddy and Edith Roosevelt, prompting condemnation from the South

  • Oct 18 Belgium's Louise of den Plas begins activities towards women rights

Music History

Oct 19 Edward Elgar's "Pomp & Circumstance March" premieres in Liverpool, England

  • Oct 19 Santos-Dumont proves airship manoeuverable by circling Eiffel Tower
  • Oct 24 First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor)
  • Oct 25 Joseph Chamberlain, British Colonial Affairs Secretary, makes an anti-German speech in Edinburgh; when word reaches Germany leads to widespread agitation against the British and breakdown of negotiations for Anglo-German alliance
  • Oct 26 First recorded use of "getaway car" occurs after holding up a shop in Paris

Music Premiere

Oct 27 1st complete performance of Claude Debussy's orchestral composition "Nocturnes"

  • Oct 29 In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine
  • Oct 30 The Second Boer War: Battle at Bakenlaagte - British Army Lieutenant-Colonel Benson's rear guard overwhelmed by Boer General Botha's trrops