October 1885 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Special delivery mail service begins in US
  • Oct 13 The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is founded in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Oct 15 Hoss Radbourne pitches his 60th win of season

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Louis Untermeyer, American poet and critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • Oct 2 Ruth Bryan Owen, American politician (first woman appointed as a U.S. ambassador, Denmark 1933-36), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1954)
  • Oct 3 Langley Collyer, American hoarder, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1947)
  • Oct 3 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist, born in Stockton, California (d. 1970)

Niels BohrNiels Bohr (1885-1962)

Oct 7 Danish physicist who expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Oct 10 Walter Anderson, German folklorist, born in Minsk, Russian Empire (d. 1962)
  • Oct 11 Alfred Haar, Hungarian mathematician, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1933)
  • Oct 11 Francois Mauriac, French novelist, poet and playwright (Nobel 1952), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1970)
  • Oct 15 Dirk Filarski, Dutch painter and lithographer (Bergense School), born in Amsterdam (d. 1964)
  • Oct 19 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (d. 1956)
  • Oct 21 Jan Altink, Dutch Expressionist painter (co-founder of Ploeg), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • Oct 23 Lawren Harris, Canadian landscape painter, born in Brantford, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • Oct 24 Ernest Claes, Belgian author (Saints from Zichem), born in Zichem, Belgium (d. 1968)
  • Oct 27 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter, born in Sundsvall, Sweden (d. 1948)

Ezra PoundEzra Pound (1885-1972)

Oct 30 American poet (The Cantos), critic and fascist collaborator in Italy during World War II, born in Hailey, Idaho

Deaths in History

Doc DurantDoc Durant (1820-1885)

Oct 5 American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), dies at 65

  • Oct 6 Thomas Talbot, American politician, 31st Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • Oct 10 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, dies at 56

George McClellanGeorge McClellan (1826-1885)

Oct 29 American Major General (Union Army), dies of a heart attack at 58

  • Oct 29 James Hannington, English missionary, murdered in Uganda