On This Day

October 1909 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 18 Comte de Lambert of France sets airplane altitude record of 300 m
  • Oct 24 Italy and Russia sign the Racconigi Pact in which both nations promise to support the status quo in the Balkans

Historic Event

Oct 26 Itō Hirobumi, Resident-General of Korea, and former Japanese Prime Minister is shot and killed by Korean nationalist An Jung-geun in Harbin, China


Birthdays in History

  • Oct 1 Samuel Yorty, (Mayor-LA), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oct 4 James B. Pritchard, American theologist and archaeologist, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1997)
  • Oct 7 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (d. 1990)
  • Oct 7 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (d. 1983)
  • Oct 10 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, born in Lokoren, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • Oct 13 Herblock [Herbert Lawrence Block], American cartoonist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • Oct 18 Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher and legal theorist (d. 2004)
  • Oct 19 Marguerite Perey, French physicist (d. 1975)
  • Oct 20 Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese Nihonga style painter, and designer, born in Asakusa, (d. 1993)
  • Oct 22 Litz Pisk, movement teacher
  • Oct 23 Zellig S. Harris, Russian-American linguist, born in Balta, Russia (d. 1992)
  • Oct 25 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (1961-67)
  • Oct 28 Claude Bourdet, French human rights activist and journalist, born in Paris (d. 1996)
  • Oct 28 Francis Bacon, Irish-British abstract painter (Study for a Pope), born in Dublin (d. 1992)
  • Oct 30 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian nuclear physicist, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1966)

Weddings in History

Eugene O'Neill

Oct 2 American Playwright Eugene O'Neill (20) marries 1st wife Kathleen Jenkins

Deaths in History

  • Oct 13 Francisco Ferrer, Spanish anarchist and teacher, executed by firing squad at 50
  • Oct 16 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer, dies at 53
  • Oct 18 Alfredo Oriani, Italian writer (Political Struggle in Italy), dies at 57
  • Oct 19 Cesare Lombroso, Italian psychiatrist and criminologist, dies at 73

AssassinationItō Hirobumi

Oct 26 Itō Hirobumi, Japanese samurai, 1st Prime Minister of Japan (4 terms between 1885 and 1901) and Resident-General of Korea (1905-09), assassinated at 68 by Korean nationalist An Jung-geun in Harbin, China

  • Oct 26 Itō Horiboemi, Japanese samurai, statesman and four time Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated by a Korean nationalist aged 68