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October 1831 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 9 Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, assassinated in Nafplion

Faraday, the Blacksmith's Boy Who Changed the WorldFaraday, the Blacksmith's Boy Who Changed the World

Oct 28 Michael Faraday demonstrates his dynamo invention, an electrical generator

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Michael Faraday working in his converted kitchen laboratory in the 1850s. Painting by artist Harriet Moore.
Michael Faraday working in his converted kitchen laboratory in the 1850s. Painting by artist Harriet Moore.
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Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Claudius Charles Wilson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Effingham County, Georgia (d. 1863)
  • Oct 6 Richard Dedekind, German mathematician (Nature & Meaning of Numbers), born in Braunschweig, Germany (d. 1916)
  • Oct 15 Helen Hunt Jackson, American author (Ramona), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • Oct 18 Frederik III NK of Hohenzollern, German Kaiser/king of Prussia
  • Oct 31 Daniel Butterfield, American Major General (Union Army), assistant US Treasurer, born in Utica, New York (d. 1901)
  • Oct 31 Paolo Mantegazza, Italian neurologist and anthropologist, born in Monza, Italy (d. 1910)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 9 Ioannis Kapodistrias, President (1829-31) and founding father of modern Greece.
  • Oct 14 Jean-Louis Pons, French astronomer (b. 1761)