On This Day

October 1811 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Oct 6 French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte visits Utrecht

  • Oct 11 The Juliana, 1st steam-powered ferryboat, begins operation

Historic Event

Oct 28 First known purchase of Jane Austen's novel "Sense and Sensibility" by the Prince Regent (later George IV), a fan

  • Oct 29 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 17 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (owned land in Mich)
  • Oct 18 Hugh Thompson Reid, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Union City, Indiana (d. 1874)
  • Oct 25 Évariste Galois, French mathematician (Group theory), born in Bourg-la-Reine, France (d. 1832)
  • Oct 27 Isaac Singer, American inventor (1st practical home sewing machine), born in Pittstown New York (d. 1875)
  • Oct 27 Stevens T. Mason, First Governor of Michigan (1835-40), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1843)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 7 August R van Hekeren van Suideras, Dutch orangist, dies at 68
  • Oct 11 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician, naturalist, and instructor of non-verbal deaf persons, dies at 86
  • Oct 15 Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter (b. 1735)