On This Day

October 1886 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 US mint at Carson City, Nevada, closes
  • Oct 7 Spain abolishes slavery in Cuba
  • Oct 10 1st dinner jacket (tuxedo) worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY
  • Oct 12 Hurricane & sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas

USAStatue of Liberty

Oct 28 Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
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  • Oct 30 Great Britain and Germany agree boundaries in East Africa

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian and author (My Life), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1954)
  • Oct 2 Pierre Balledux, Dutch stage manager and resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1976)
  • Oct 3 Henri Alain-Fournier, French novelist (Le Grand Meaulnes), born in La Chapelle-d'Angillon, Cher, France (d. 1914)
  • Oct 7 Johannes B Tielrooy, Dutch literary (Chateaubriand)
  • Oct 16 Armin T Wegner, writer

Person of interestDavid Ben-Gurion

Oct 16 David Ben-Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (1948-53, 1955-63), born in Płonsk, Poland (d. 1973)

1st Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion
1st Prime Minister of Israel
David Ben-Gurion
  • Oct 22 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (d. 1970)
  • Oct 24 Delmira Agustini, Uruguayan poet (El Libro Blanco), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1914)
  • Oct 26 Mark Aldanov,, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), born in Kiev (d. 1957)
  • Oct 28 Sergo Ordzhonikidze, Georgian Bolshevik and Soviet politician, born in Ghoresha, Kutais Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • Oct 30 Zoe Akins, American playwright (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1935), born in Humansville, Missouri (d. 1958)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 1 William Hepworth Thompson, English classical scholar and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (b. 1819)
  • Oct 10 David L Yule, 1st Jewish US senator, dies
  • Oct 18 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (b. 1796)
  • Oct 21 Jose Hernandez, Argentine poet (La vuelta the MartinFierro), dies at 51