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Month of October

In the ancient Roman calendar, October was the name of the eighth month of the year. Its name comes from octo, the Latin word for "eight." When the Romans converted to a 12-month calendar, they tried to rename this month after various Roman emperors, but the name October stuck. In Old England, the month was called Winmonath, which means "wine month," for this was the time of year when wine was made. The English also called it Winterfylleth, or "Winter Full Moon." They considered this full Moon to be the start of winter. In weather lore, we note, "If October brings heavy frosts and winds, then will January and February be mild."

Every Year

  • National Day (China)

  • International Day of Older Persons

  • Month of October


  • Born 1207: Henry III of England


  • Born 1781: James Lawrence (U.S. naval captain)


  • 1810: The first agricultural fair in the U.S. was held in Pittsfield, MA


  • 1847: Maria Mitchell discovered comet Mitchell 1847VI


  • Born 1881: William Boeing (airplane manufacturer)


  • Born 1893: Faith Baldwin (author)


  • 1903: Game 1 in the first World Series played. Boston's Cy Young threw the first pitch.

  • Born 1904: Vladimir Horowitz (pianist)

  • 1908: Henry Ford's Model T automobile was introduced at a price of $850


  • Born 1912: Rudy Bond (actor)

  • 1913: Sea Gull Monument was unveiled in Salt Lake City, Utah


  • Born 1920: Walter Matthau (actor)

  • Born 1924: Jimmy Carter (39th U.S. president)

  • Born 1924: William Rehnquist (Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court)

  • Born 1927: Tom Bosley (actor)


  • Born 1930: Sir Richard Harris (actor)

  • Born 1935: Julie Andrews (actress)


  • 1948: Pilot Lt. George Gorman pursued UFO over Fargo, North Dakota


  • 1955: The Honeymooners makes its TV debut

  • 1958: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) founded


  • 1962: Johnny Carson first hosted The Tonight Show

  • Born 1963: Mark McGwire (baseball player)


  • 1971: Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida

  • 1979: Panama gained sovereignty over Canal, in adherence to treaty provisions


  • Born 1984: Rosanna Tomiuk (water polo player/coach)

  • Died 1985: E. B. White (author)


  • Died 1995: Margaret Gorman Cahill (first Miss America)


  • Died 2002: Walter Annenberg (launched TV Guide magazine and ambassador to Britain)

  • Died 2004: Joyce Jillson (astrologer)

  • Died 2007: George Grizzard (actor)

  • Died 2008: House Peters Jr. (actor; the original "Mr. Clean")

  • Died 2008: Nick Reynolds (founding member of the Kingston Trio)


  • Died 2013: Tom Clancy (author)

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