October 1860 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 8 Telegraph line between LA & San Francisco opens
  • Oct 12 British & French troops capture Beijing
  • Oct 13 1st aerial photo taken in US (from a balloon) of Boston
  • Oct 18 The Second Opium War finally ends at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 3 Annie Horniman, English theater owner (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), born in Surrey Mount, Forest Hill, London (d. 1937)
  • Oct 4 Sidney Paget, British illustrator (Sherlock Holmes), born in London (d. 1908)
  • Oct 6 Oscar L Helfrich, Dutch governor (Curacao)
  • Oct 6 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch foreign minister (1908-13)
  • Oct 12 Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American entrepreneur and inventor (gyrocompass), born in Cincinnatus, New York (d. 1930)

Juliette Gordon LowJuliette Gordon Low (1860-1927)

Oct 31 American activist and founder of the Girl Scouts of America, born in Savannah, Georgia


Deaths in History

  • Oct 2 Louis Hersent, painter, dies
  • Oct 3 Rembrandt Peale, American portrait and historical painter (Margaret Irvine Miller ,1805; Court of Death, 1820), and museum keeper (Baltimore), dies at 82
  • Oct 12 Harry Smith, English military commander and leader of British-Indian forces (Battle of Aliwal), dies at 73
  • Oct 24 √Člie, Duke Decazes, French Bourbon Restoration politician (Sainte-Martin-de-Laye, France), dies at 80
  • Oct 31 Johannes Nathan, Dutch murderer, the last ordinary execution in the Netherlands, hanged for killing his mother-in-law
  • Oct 31 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, British admiral, dies at 84