October 1868 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 1st edition of Maasbode published

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 1 "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston

  • Oct 7 Cornell University (Ithaca NY) opens
  • Oct 10 1st written account of a Canadian football game
  • Oct 10 Cuba revolts for independence against Spain
  • Oct 17 Constitution of Grand Duchy of Luxembourg comes into effect
  • Oct 21 Severe earthquake at 7:53 AM, centered in Hayward, California
  • Oct 26 White terrorists kill several blacks in St Bernard Parish La
  • Oct 30 John Menard of Louisiana is 1st African American elected to US Congress
  • Oct 31 Standard uniform approved for US postal carriers

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, President of Argentina (1922-28), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1942)
  • Oct 8 Max Slevogt, German painter, born in Landshut, Germany (d. 1932)
  • Oct 16 Franz X Ritter von Epp, German general (China)
  • Oct 18 Ernst Didring, Swedish author (d. 1931)
  • Oct 19 Bertha Landes, 1st woman elected mayor of a major US city (Seattle)
  • Oct 23 Frederick Lanchester, , English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), born in London, England
  • Oct 24 Alexandra David-Néel, Belgian-French explorer and writer, born in Saint-Mandé, France (d. 1969)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thai (1851-68), dies at 63
  • Oct 9 Howell Cobb, American politician (U.S. Secretary of Treasury), dies at 53

Person of interestLaura Secord

Oct 17 Laura Secord, Canadian heroine of the war of 1812, dies at 93

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord
  • Oct 23 Cullen Whipple, American inventor (pointed screw machine), dies at 67
  • Oct 26 B F Randolph, SC state senator, assassinated