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October: More Unusual and Little Known Trivia

Published by desertsister in Trivia
September 7th, 2010

Very interesting information about people and events that involve the month of October. October is not just about Halloween!

October is the 10th month in our modern calendar year, which derives from the Gregorian times schedule. The name is from the Latin Word “octo” for “eight”. October was the eighth month in the Roman calendar. It is one of 7 months that have 31 days.

HERE GOES SOME WEIRD and ODD TRIVIA, you probably never knew. For example did you know more U.S. Presidents were born in October than any other month of the year?


1st – The legendary musician Jimmy Hendricks funeral in 1970 took place.

1st – Elton John was inducted into Madison Square Garden’s Hall of Fame in 1977.

3rd – Elvis Presley made his first performance at a talent contest in 1945 (he was 10 years old).

6th – The first motion picture with a musical sound track premiered in 1927: “The Jazz Singer”.

10th – “The Supremes” made their first appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, in1965.


Hawaii has a special October event called “the Aloha Festival,” sometimes described as the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific.”

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States, was born in Plains, Ga., on the 1st in 1924.

Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States was born at Delaware, Ohio, October 4, 1822.

Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States was born in Fairfield, Vt., October 5, 1829.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States, was born at Denison, Tex. on October 14, 1890.

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, was born in New York City, on October 27, 1858.

John Adams, second President of the United States, was born in Braintree (now Quincy), Mass., October 30, 1735.

U.S. Naval Academy opened at Annapolis, Md., October 10, 1845.

Anwar el-Sadat, president of Egypt was assassinated in Cairo, on October 6, 1981.

The first transcontinental telegram was sent, October 24, 1861.

The U.S. Stock Market had the Blackest day in its history on October 29, 1929 [The Stock Market Crash of ’29 occurred].

Janis Joplin (infamous Rock n’ Roll singer) was found dead in her room from a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970.

October 15, 1917, 41 year-old Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, a Dutch dancer, and regarded beauty, was executed by the French on charges of espionage. She is better known as Mata Hari seductress and spy extraordinaire.

On October 22, 1934, the notorious American outlaw, called ‘the most dangerous man alive’, “Pretty Boy Floyd” was shot and killed on a farm in Ohio while trying to flee from federal agents.

Cover of Doctor Zhivago


In October of 1958 the Russian author, Boris Pasternak, was forced by the Russian government to refuse acceptance of the year’s Nobel Prize for Literature: for his epic and now classic novel about the life and times of physician and poet Yuri Zhivago [ “Dr. Zhivago”]. Why? Because it criticized Russian ideals and communist beliefs, while telling a beautiful passionate love story.

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  1. A Watts
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    This year, 2010, there are five combinations of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. It was said that happenes once every eight hundred (plus) years. Is that true and how can I find that for sure?

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