On This Day

October 1903 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 5 Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices
  • Oct 6 The High Court of Australia sits for the first time.
  • Oct 8 J M Synge's "In the Shadow of the Glen" premieres in Dublin
  • Oct 9 11" (28.4 cm) rainfall in 24 hrs (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 10 The Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women's rights in Britain.

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Suffragette
Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Oct 12 Lyric Theater opens at 213 W 42nd St NYC
  • Oct 16 Homel, 1st Jewish self defense organization founded in Russia
  • Oct 20 US wins disputed boundary between District of Alaska & Canada
  • Oct 24 First trotter to run a mile under 2 minutes (Lou Dillon 1:58.1)
  • Oct 24 George Sutton becomes billards champion
  • Oct 26 Yerba Buena is first Key System ferry to cross San Francisco Bay
  • Oct 30 In violation of their promise to evacuate Manchuria, the Russian reoccupy Mukden and reinforce their troops in Manchuria

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 4 Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician, historian and genealogist, born in Bonaventure, Quebec (d. 1993)
  • Oct 5 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, born in San Saba, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Oct 6 Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
  • Oct 10 Charles Théodore Henri Antoine Meinrad de Belgique, Count of Flanders, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1983)
  • Oct 12 Grayson L. Kirk, 14th President of Columbia University (1953-68), born in Jeffersonville, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • Oct 16 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • Oct 17 Nathanael West, American novelist (Day of the Locusts)
  • Oct 22 George Beadle, US biologist (Nobel 1958)

Person of interestMelvin Purvis

Oct 24 Melvin Purvis [Little Mel], American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and John Dillinger, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina (d. 1960)

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • Oct 25 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • Oct 25 Harry Shoulberg, American expressionist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Oct 28 Evelyn Waugh, English author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop), born in London, England (d. 1966)

Deaths in History

  • Oct 4 Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • Oct 7 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • Oct 23 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66