October 1889 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Washington voters adopt state constitution in referendum
  • Oct 2 1st Pan American conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • Oct 2 In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the American Old West.
  • Oct 6 First known ascent of the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, by German climber Hans Meyer and Austrian Ludwig Purtscheller
  • Oct 6 Moulin Rogue opens in Paris

Event of Interest

Oct 6 Thomas Edison shows his 1st motion picture

  • Oct 10 Barnard College is founded in New York City after Columbia University refuses to accept women
  • Oct 15 Amsterdam Central Station officially opens

Theater Premiere

Oct 20 Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Vor Sonnenaufgang" (Before Dawn) premieres in Berlin to a scandalous reception

  • Oct 29 Stanley Park dedicated in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Oct 31 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in Paris closes after 32 million visitors

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 3 Carl von Ossietzky, German journalist and pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1935), born in Hamburg, German Empire (d. 1938)
  • Oct 5 Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (Memorias de Mamá Blanca), born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • Oct 6 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Nights and Days), born in Russów, Russian Empire (d. 1965)
  • Oct 8 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • Oct 10 Han [Henricus Antonius] van Meegeren, Dutch painter and art forger (Vermeer), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 1947)
  • Oct 14 Jean Canneel, Flemish sculptor, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1963)
  • Oct 18 Fannie Hurst, American novelist (Anatomy of Me), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 1968)
  • Oct 24 Earl Morris, American archaeologist (Aztec Ruins National Monument), born in Chama, New Mexico (d. 1956) [1]
  • Oct 27 Enid Bagnold, British novelist (Chalk Garden, 1956 Award of Merit), born in Rochester, Kent (d. 1981)
  • Oct 29 Li Dazhao [Ta-chao], Chinese intellectual, revolutionary and co-founder of the Chinese Communist Party with Chen Duxiu, born in Laoting, Zhili Province (now Hebei), Qing dynasty of China (d. 1927)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 11 James Prescott Joule, English physicist (the law of conservation of energy), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Edward Aylesworth Perry, American soldier and politician (General under Lee for Confederate Army, 14th Governor of Florida 1885-89), dies of a stroke at 58
  • Oct 17 N.G. [Nikolay Gavrilovich] Chernyshevsky, Russian philosopher (What Is to Be Done?), dies at 61
  • Oct 18 Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (invented a telephone-like device), dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Luís I, King of Portugal (1861-89), dies at 50
  • Oct 30 Alfred E. Jackson "Mudwall", American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 82