On This Day

October 1882 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 14 University of the Punjab is founded in present day Pakistan.
  • Oct 16 The Nickel Plate Railroad opens for business.

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Oct 19 Pierre de Brazza meets Henry Morton Stanley

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Oct 28 Athletics reveal $22,000 profit in their 1st season in the American Association

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 2 Boris Shaposhnikov, Russian military commander, born in Zlatoust, Ufa Governorate Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • Oct 3 Gunther von Kluge, German field marshal, born in Posen, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire (d. 1944)
  • Oct 3 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (Group of Seven), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • Oct 5 Giorgio Abetti, Italian astronomer (Solar physics), born in Padua, Italy (d. 1982)

Person of interestRobert H. Goddard

Oct 5 Robert H. Goddard, American Rocket Pioneer (invented and built the first liquid-fueled rocket), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1945)

Rocket Pioneer Robert H. Goddard
Rocket Pioneer
Robert H. Goddard
  • Oct 11 Will Vesper, German author (Vom grossen Krieg), born in Wuppertal, Germany (d. 1962)

Person of interestÉamon de Valera

Oct 14 Éamon de Valera, Irish politician (President of Ireland (1937-48, 51-54, 57-59)), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)

Revolutionary and President of Ireland Éamon de Valera
Revolutionary and President of Ireland
Éamon de Valera
  • Oct 19 Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius, Lithuania, poet/philologist/playwright
  • Oct 29 Jean Giraudoux, French writer and playwright (The Madwoman of Chaillot), born in Bellac, Haute-Vienne, France (d. 1944)
  • Oct 30 William Halsey Jr., US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1959)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 13 Arthur de Gobineau, French philosopher (b. 1816)
  • Oct 20 Olegario Victor Andrade, Argentina poet (El arpa perdida), dies at 41
  • Oct 22 Janos Arany, Hungarians poet (Toldi Szerelme), dies at 65