When you think of the colors of leaves changing, the harvesting of apples, pumpkins, and squash, as well as Halloween, you will think of October. That is what represents October as that is the month heavily associated with autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and in the Southern Hemisphere, it is spring.
October is the tenth month of the year, however, during Roman times, October was the eighth month of the year before January, and February was added to the calendar. October comes from the Latin word ‘octo,’ which means eight. October to the Saxons was known as Wintirfyllith as it represented the first Full Moon of winter.
Fun Facts About October
The Great Chicago fire happened in October in 1871, as it burned from the 8th to the 10th of the month as much of the city was ruined. That is why each week around that time in October is known as National Fire Prevention Week.
October is a great month for sports as that is the month that is known for the World Series for Major League Baseball. The NBA and NHL also start their seasons in October.
Canadian Thanksgiving takes place on the second Monday of every October. That is why when Americans ask Canadians what their Thanksgiving plans are in November, Canadians reply to them, ‘we already had our Thanksgiving’.
October is the month known for plenty of health observances, including awareness for breast cancer, lupus, SIDS, spina bifida, and lungs.
Famous October Birthdays
- The late John Lennon, who was known as an icon of the band, the Beatles, was born on October 9th, 1940, in England. He formed a band at 15 years of age and recruited other teens such as Paul McCartney. Lennon was also known as an antiwar activist, poet, author, and composer. He was killed in 1980.
- The late Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11th, 1884, as she was the First Lady and another American president’s niece. She was an activist for racial equality, women’s rights, and children and refugees. She managed support programs during WWII, in addition to writing a daily newspaper column. She also had the first television ad for margarine much later.
- The late Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi was born on October 20th, 1882. He was the actor known to portray Count Dracula the best in the 1931 movie. He did not speak fluent English before that point, and that was known when he appeared on Broadway in 1922.
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