Fun Facts about October

October Facts


The 10th month of the year brings us Halloween, Columbus Day, and the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, October is the tenth month of the year. In early Roman calendar, it was actually the eighth month and there are 31 days in October ever since the since of the Roman emperor August. In North Temperature zone, the first frost happens, leaves change colors and leaves fall. By the time, most of the birds would have left for the South hemisphere to protect themselves from cold weather. However, in southern hemisphere, October’s weather is just like the northern hemisphere’s April weather. In October, farmers bring the last of the fall crops and ship them to other parts of the U.S. and also, many apples are harvested.

Below are some fun facts about October:

1. The birthstones for October are the tourmaline and the opal.
2. The zodiac signs for October are Libra (September 23 – October 22) and Scorpio (October 23 – November 21).
3. The birth flower for October is the calendula.
4. On October 1, 1896, free rural delivery of mail started in the United States.
5. On October 4, 1957, the first artificial satellite was launched by the Soviet Union.
6. On October 5, 1947, the first presidential telecast address from the White House was made by Harry S. Truman.
7. On October 7, 1816, the Washington (first double-decked steamboat) arrived at New Orleans.
8. On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in America.
9. On October 18, 1867, The U.S. flag was formally raised over Alaska.
10. On October 22, 1836, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first president of the Republic of Texas.
11. On October 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state of the United States.
12. National Cookie Month
13. National Chili Month
14. National Pizza Month
15. National Dessert Month
16. Lupus Awareness Month
17. National Seafood Month
18. November 5 – World Teacher’s Day
19. Columbus Day – second Monday of October
20. October 31 – Halloween

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