October Facts and Trivia
Facts and trivia for the month of October.
We don’t often think about what a month is. For most of us it is just another page on the calendar. Well, here are some interesting facts about the month of October:
October has 31 days. It’s the 10th month of the year according to the Gregorian Calendar. This was not always the case though. According to the old Roman Calendar October was the 8th month, thus the use of the Latin term for eight – octo – in the name.
Symbols for October:
- birthstone : opal or tourmaline
- Zodiac sign : Libra or Scorpio
- flower : calendula
- President James Earl Carter, 1924
- President Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822
- President Chester A. Arthur, 1829
- President Theodore Roosevelt, 1858
- President Dwight Eisenhower, 1890
- President John Adams, 1735
- Edgar Allen Poe, 1849
- President Franklin Pierce, 1869
- General Robert Edward Lee, 1870
- Roman Emperor Claudius I, A.D. 54
- Queen Marie Antoinette, beheaded, 1793
- Thomas Alva Edison, 1932
- President Herbert Hoover, 1964
- Magician Harry Houdini, 1926
- Indira Gandhi, 1984
- Henry Ford introduced the Model T automobile, 1908
- First national Thanksgiving day in USA, 1789
- Leif Erickson discovered Vinland, 1000
- Kathy Sullivan was the first woman to walk in space, 1984
- Columbus arrived in North America, 1492
- 100 Years was ended, 1453
- Thomas Edison invented the electric light, 1879
- Battle of Britain ended, 1940
- Disney World opened in Florida, 1971
October is a month of transition and as far as I’m concerned it is one of the most beautiful months of the year. During October the northern climates usually suffer the first frosts of the year. This triggers the leaves to change colors and fall.
By now, migrating birds are in the process of flocking together and feeding in swarms as they move south. Crops are ripe and being harvested. People everywhere, are preparing for the long months of winter.
October is our reminder that winter is coming but not here just yet. There are still some warm days ahead of us. Enjoy then while you can.
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