Historical Events in October 1902

Historic Publication

Oct 2 Beatrix Potter's "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" is published by Frederick Warne & Co. in London

Murder of Interest

Oct 10 American outlaw Tom Horn's murder trial begins, and he is eventually found guilty and sentenced to death

Historic Event

Oct 10 South Africa's President of Transvaal Paul Kruger visits Utrecht

  • Oct 11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • Oct 11 US Open Men's Golf, Garden City GC: Scotsman Laurie Auchterlonie sets new 72-hole event scoring record to win his only major title, 6 strokes ahead of Stewart Gardner and amateur Walter Travis

Agreement of Interest

Oct 13 US President Theodore Roosevelt threatens to start using army troops to work coal mines struck since 12 may; this brings the owners to agree to abide by a Commission of Arbitration

  • Oct 18 7th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-0 in Birmingham
  • Oct 20 The Chamber of Deputies appoints a committee to consider questions on the separation of Church and State in France
  • Oct 21 In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends.
  • Oct 24 Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala erupts, killing 6,000 people and becoming one of the three largest eruptions of the 20th century

Theater Premiere

Oct 25 Maxim Gorky's play "The Lower Depths" premieres in Moscow

  • Oct 25 Santa Maria, Guatemala hit by Earthquake, killing an estimated 6,000 people