Today in History for October 1854
Events 1 - 10 of 10
1st - The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing.
4th - Abraham Lincoln made his 1st political speech at Illinois State Fair
6th - The Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead started shortly after midnight, leading to 53 deaths and hundreds injured.
9th - the siege of Sebastopol begins.
10th - US Assay Office in NY City, NY opens
12th - Lincoln University founded as Ashmun Institute
21st - Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses were sent to the Crimean War.
23rd - The Times give precise British positions in Krim
25th - Charge of Light Brigade (Battle of Balaklava, Crimean War), 409 die
25th - Prince Menshikov of Krim occupies British base at Balaclava
Birthdays 1 - 14 of 14
3rd - William Crawford Gorgas, US, Surgeon-Gen, help cure yellow fever
7th - Christiaan R de Wet, South African rebel leader, politician and general in the Boer War
10th - Jeronimo Gimenez y Bellido, composer
16th - Karl J Kautsky, Austrian marxist/socialist
16th - Oscar Wilde, [Fingal O'Flahertie Wills], Dublin, (Pic of Dorian Gray), (d. 1900)
18th - Bill Murdoch, cricketer (great pioneer of Australian Test cricket)
18th - Solomon A Andree, Swedish engineer/balloonist/Artic explorer
20th - Alphonse Allais, French author/humorist (Pass the Bile)
20th - Arthur Rimbaud, France, poet/adventurer (Illuminations)
24th - Hendrik W Bakhuis Roozeboom, chemist (Heterogenen Gleichgewichte)
26th - August T C Kiehl, Dutch actor (Pearl of Zaandam)
26th - C. W. Post, American entrepreneur (d. 1914)
27th - Sir William Smith, Scottish founder of the Boys' Brigade (d. 1914)
31st - Georg A Erman, German Egyptologist (Grammar of Ancient Egypt)
Deaths 1 - 2 of 2