On This Day

October 1816 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 7 1st double decked steamboat, Washington, arrives in New Orleans

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Oct 15 Lord Byron views the love letters of Lucrezia Borgia and poet Pietro Bembo in Milan and declares them "the prettiest love letters in the world"

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • Oct 21 The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Egbert Benson Brown, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brownsville, New York (d. 1902)
  • Oct 15 Amiel Weeks Whipple, American Major General (Union Army), born in Greenwich, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • Oct 16 William Preston, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1887)
  • Oct 29 Ferdinand II, German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry and King of Portugal (1837-53), born in Palais Coburg, Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1885)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 30 Frederick I of Württemberg (b. 1754)