On This Day

October 1879 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 7 Germany & Austrian-Hungary sign Twofold Covenant
  • Oct 8 War of the Pacific: the Chilean Navy defeats the Peruvian Navy in the Battle of Angamos, Peruvian Admiral Miguel Grau is killed in the encounter.
  • Oct 12 British troops occupy Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Oct 19 Afghan's emir Mohammed Yakub forced to resign

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb

Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Wallace Stevens, American poet (Ideas of Order), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • Oct 4 Edward Murray East, American botanist and geneticist who developed hybrid corn, born in Du Quoin, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • Oct 5 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • Oct 9 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, born in Pfaffendorf, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1960)
  • Oct 28 Channing H. Cox, American politician (49th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Manchester, New Hampshire (d. 1968)

Person of interestFranz von Papen

Oct 29 Franz von Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), born in Werl, Province of Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1969)

Diplomat and Chancellor Franz von Papen
Diplomat and Chancellor
Franz von Papen
  • Oct 29 Alva B. Adams, American politician (U.S. Senator from Colorado 1933-41), born in Del Norte, Colorado (d. 1941)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 8 Miguel Grau Seminario, Peruvian Admiral (b. 1834)
  • Oct 13 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 F Kornberger, writer, dies at 58
  • Oct 27 John Wilkins Whitfield, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • Oct 28 Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, French writer (b. 1799)
  • Oct 31 Big Snake, brother of Ponca chief Standing Bear, dies
  • Oct 31 Jacob Abbott, American author (b. 1803)
  • Oct 31 Joseph Hooker, American General (b. 1814)