October 1, 1664
Dutch and Swedish settlers in the Delaware region agree to swear allegiance to British King Charles II.
October 4, 1638
Lord Baltimore forbid all citizens of Virginia and Maryland from trading with the native peoples of the lower Eastern Shore.
October 8, 1916
The first boat went through the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal which was authorized by the U.S. River and Harbor Act of 1912. Digging began on November 5th, 1913
October 8, 1903
A tropical storm ravaged Ocean City, Maryland destroying several properties including two hotels.
October 10, 1891
Six seamen were killed when President Benjamin Harrison's official yacht, the Despatch, was wrecked in a storm off of Assateague Island.
October 10, 1663
Col. Edmund Scarburgh and his Virginia militia terrorized the people of Manokin and Annamessex Hundreds in an effort to claim that area for Virginia.
October 14, 2008
The historic lightship Overfalls was towed from Lewes, Delaware, north through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and then south again through the bay to be repaired in Norfolk, Virginia.
October 16, 1798
Warner Mifflin died. He was an early American legislator from Delaware who petitioned the U.S. Congress to have slavery made illegal in the new Constitution.
October 17, 1886
Salisbury was decimated by the most powerful fire in city history. Two hundred buildings were destroyed and twenty-two acres of the center of Salisbury were burned.
October 18, 1933
A white mob lynched George Armwood, a black prisoner in Princess Anne, Maryland before he could be tried for assaulting seventy-one year-old Mary Denston.
October 21, 1996
Fish with deep, bloody lesions were first reported in the Pocomoke River. This was later identified as Pfiesteria a toxic disease said to affect fish, humans, and other animals.
October 21, 1878
During a rare late season hurricane a "great tidal wave" decimated 35 miles of shoreline from Collins Beach to Woodland Beach in the present day Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge in Kent County, Delaware.
October 22, 1722
A Peace Treaty was signed between the Assateague and Pocomoke Indians, and Lord Charles Calvert, Governor of Maryland.
October 24, 1787
Two petitions were brought before the Delaware General Assembly. One supported the ratification of the new U.S. Constitution. The other sought to establish the United States capitol in Delaware.
October 26, 1899
Birth date of William Julius "Judy" Johnson, the first person from Delaware elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
October 27, 1682
William Penn landed in America for the first time near New Castle Delaware's Battery Park.
October 28, 1850
The Brandywine Lighthouse, located seven miles off shore from Lewes, Delaware, was lit for the first time.