Monday, October 1, 2012

Fun Facts about October

Pumpkins

October is the tenth month of the year and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. In common years, January starts the same day of the week as October, but no other month starts on the same day in leap years. 

October is associated with Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. It happens to be my favorite time of year. I love the crisp Autumn air and the gorgeous colors. And October is the month my daughter was born, 25 years ago. Happy Birthday Amanda!!

Those born in the first half of the month are under the Zodiac sign Libra and those born in the latter part of October are Scorpios. 

October's birthstones are pink tourmaline and opal. It's said that an opal will crack if not worn by someone born in October.
The birth flower is the calendula.

And for all of you sports lovers, here's a tid-bit for you:  The last week in October is the only time of the year when all four major North American Sports Leagues schedule games. 

I have lots of stuff for you this month!!

Famous Birthdates:

October 2--Sting
October 4--Charlton Heston
October 7--Simon Cowell
October 12--Hugh Jackman
October 13--Paul Simon
October 16--John Mayer
October 20--Tom Petty
October 23--Ryan Reynolds
October 26--Hillary Clinton
October 28--Bill Gates
October 30--Henry Winkler

October Events and Holidays

First week of October--Children's Book Week (England)
(9/30-10/6)--Banned Books Week
(10/7-10/13)--National Fire Prevention Week 
October 2--International Day of Non-Violence (Shouldn't this be everyday?)
October 5--International World Teachers' Day
October 9--National Children Appreciation Day (Not sure if we should let them know this...)
               --Leif Erikson Day (Get your Viking on!)
October 12--Freethought Day (The anniversary of the effective end of the Salem Witch Trials.)
Second Monday of Oct--Columbus Day (Most of the US)
3rd Week in Oct.--Teen Read Week
October 16--World Food Day (A global movement to end hunger.)
October 20--Spirit Day (Wear the color purple to show support for LGBT young people who are victims of bullying.)
October 21--Apple Day
October 28--Ochi Day (No Day) in Greece (The anniversary of when their Prime Minister said "NO" to Mussolini in 1940.
October 31--Halloween, Samhain.

National Month for: (There are a whole bunch of them!)

Pork
Arts & Humanities
Domestic Violence Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness
LGBT History 
Cyber Security Awareness
Fair Trade
Auto Battery Safety
World Blindness Awareness
German American Heritage
National Hispanic Heritage
Italian American Heritage
Polish American Heritage
Desserts
Seafood
Pretzels
Popcorn Popping
Country Music
Family History
Book Fairs
Car Care
Stamp Collecting
Caramel
Cookies
Spinach Lovers
Roller Skating

Bizarre Holidays:

10/1--Vegetarian Day
10/2--Name Your Car Day
10/3--Virus Appreciation Day
10/4--Toot Your Flute Day
10/6--Come and Take It Day
10/8--American Tag Day
10/9--Moldy Cheese Day
10/10--Angel Food Cake Day
10/11--It's My Party Day
10/12--Frustration Scream Day
10/14--Be Bald and Free Day
10/15--Grouch Day
10/18--Chocolate Cupcake Day which coincides with Menopause Day
10/21--Babbling Day
10/24--Bologna Day
10/25--Punk for a Day
10/26--Mule Day
10/27--Cranky Co-Workers Day
10/28--Ugly Pick-up Day
10/29--Hermit Day
10/30--Haunted Refrigerator Day
10/31--Increase Your Psychic Powers Day

So, which day are you celebrating?