On This Day

October 1887 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Balochistan conquered by the British Empire.
  • Oct 11 A Miles patents elevator
  • Oct 21 Detroit clinches best-of-15 touring World Championship with its 8th victory in Game 11 this afternoon in Baltimore, 13-3
  • Oct 31 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Capriccio Espagnol" premieres in St Petersburg

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1974)
  • Oct 5 Max Ackermann, German "entartet" painter, born in Berlin (d. 1975)
  • Oct 5 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), born in Bayonne, Basque Country, France (d. 1976)

Person of interestLe Corbusier

Oct 6 Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds (d. 1965))

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • Oct 6 MartinLuis Guzman, Mexican novelist (Eagle & the Serpent)
  • Oct 10 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, born in Sukabumi, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • Oct 12 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet and writer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1951)
  • Oct 13 Jozef Tiso, Slovak politician (President of the First Slovak Republic), born in Bytča, Slovakia (d. 1947)
  • Oct 22 John Reed, journalist who reported on Mexican, Russian revolutions
  • Oct 24 Victoria von Battenberg, Queen of Spain as the wife of King Alfonso XIII, born in Balmoral Castle, Scotland (d. 1969)
  • Oct 25 Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, American ultra-light hiking pioneer and 1st woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, born in Mercerville, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • Oct 30 Georg Heym, German writer, born in Hirschberg, Lower Silesia (d. 1912)

Person of interestChiang Kai-shek

Oct 31 Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China (1928-1975), born in Xikou, Zhejiang, China (d. 1975)

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek

Deaths in History

  • Oct 12 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), dies at 61
  • Oct 17 Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (spectroscopy, coined "black body" radiation), dies at 63