Holidays in October

Ghosts and goblins and witches on brooms are only a small part of your holidays in October!

This month gives you a chance to let your boss or even your mother-in-law know how much you appreciate them. Or if you're a student, you have a chance to study Leif Erikson and Christopher Columbus, or maybe learn about and read some Black Poetry.

October is one of my favorite months - I love fall and football. And if you're into sports too, this month is the time for Major League Baseball postseason play. You've got the American and National Leagues' Division Series, Championship Series, and finally the World Series.

Holidays in October give you a lot to enjoy this time of year. Have fun!

And one more thing, October's birthstone is the opal and the flower is the calendula.

Autumn Poems

Holidays in October

October 6th

National German American Day

October 9th

Leif Erikson Day

October 11th

General Pulaski Memorial Day (a hero of the American Revolution)

October 14th

Peace Corps Birthday

October 15th

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

White Cane Safety Day

October 16th

Boss Day

Dictionary Day

October 17th

Black Poetry Day
- Langston Hughes Poems

October 18th

Alaska Day

October 27th

Navy Day

October 31st

- Halloween Poetry
- Halloween Punch Recipes
- Halloween Appetizers
- Halloween Words

Reformation Day

Holidays in October/Celebrations

Child Health Day - 1st Monday in October

Columbus Day - 2nd Monday in October

Nevada Day - observed the last Friday of October

Fire Prevention Week - observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. Note: The Great Chicago fire started on October 8, 1871 but raged into the 9th, the day it was most destructive.

National School Lunch Week - the week of the 2nd Sunday in October

National Forest Products Week - the week of the 3rd Sunday in October

National Character Counts Week - 3rd week in October

National Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15th - October 15th

New River Gorge Bridge Day - 3rd weekend in October. Not an event for the faint of heart, this Bridge Day celebration is held near Fayetteville, West Virginia to celebrate the New River Gorge Bridge. How do they celebrate? By base jumping (wearing a parachute and jumping off the bridge)!

Mother-in-Law's Day - observed the 4th Sunday in October

Holidays in October/Events/Awareness

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Notable October Dates

October 2, 1950 (ended February 13, 2000) - Peanuts - written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz; now in reruns

October 2, 1967 - Thurgood Marshall sworn in as the first African-American Justice of the United States Supreme Court

October 3, 1955 - The Mickey Mouse Club, produced by Walt Disney Productions, first aired on this date. It featured teens (anyone remember Annette, Bobby, Tommy, Darlene, and many more) singing and dancing while wearing Mickey Mouse ears!

Holidays in October - Mickey Mouse Club theme song - first line - "Who's the leader of the club whose made for you and me..."

October 4 & 16, 1854 - Little known Abraham Lincoln, a respected lawyer in Illinois, launched his anti- slavery campaign with speeches at Springfield and Peoria, Illinois in response to the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. This act, sponsored by Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas, repealed the prohibition of slavery in the Kansas-Nebraska area. Lincoln believed in the words of our Founding Fathers that "...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."

October 5, 1877 - Chief Joseph and his people, the Nez Perce, tried to flee to Canada following an order to leave their land in the Oregon Territory and relocate to Idaho. After losing many of his people in battles with the US Army, cold weather, and lack of food, Chief Joseph surrendered on this date.

Holidays in October - "...Hear me, my Chiefs! I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever". ~ Chief Joseph upon his surrender

October 5, 1921 - The first radio broadcast of a World Series game took place on this date. It was the first game of the series between the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. The Yankees won this game 3-0 but the Giants won the series, 5 games to 3.

October 5, 1930 - From Carnegie Hall on this Sunday, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra was broadcast live over CBS radio for the first time. These broadcasts continued uninterrupted for the next 38 years.

October 6, 1866 - Believed to be the first moving train robbery in the United States, the Reno Brothers Gang held up a train in Indiana, getting away with over $10,000. In 1868, the three Reno brothers and a number of other gang members were hung by vigilantes.

October 6, 1884 - Nine students met on this date as the first class of the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

October 7, 1952 - Bob Horn's Bandstand first aired as a local program out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Within a few years, Dick Clark took over and the show eventually became American Bandstand, airing nationally on August 5, 1957. Teens danced the most popular steps to the latest hits and popular artists made appearances.

October 8, 1871 - Not only is this the date of the Great Chicago Fire but three other major fires in the Great Lakes Region. Drought and windy conditions also caused a tragic fire at Pechtigo, Wisconsin and a number of villages in the area. Anywhere from 1,200 to 2,500 people died in this fire which is considered the deadliest in the United States. On the other side of Lake Michigan, the towns of Holland, Michigan and Manistee, Michigan went up in flames. On the east side of Michigan along Lake Huron, much of the thumb area including Port Huron burned.

Holidays in October - Don't forget Fire Prevention Week!

October 8, 1918 - It was on this date, during World War I, that Corporal Alvin C. York and sixteen other soldiers mistakenly found themselves behind enemy lines. With overwhelming odds against them and after losing nearly half of their group of 17, York worked his way around to take out the German machine guns. In the end, the small band of soldiers took 132 German prisoners and York became an American hero.

October 9, 1888 - The Washington Monument opened to the public.

October 9 or 11, 1984 - Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan became the first US woman to walk in space, conducting a 3 1/2 hour Extravehicular Activity (EVA). (In my research I have found both dates listed but have not been able to verify the exact date of her EVA which took place during a space mission from October 5 to October 13.)

October 10, 1845 - The Naval School, later to become the United States Naval Academy, opened at Annapolis, Maryland with 50 midshipmen and seven professors.

October Holidays - Anchors Aweigh was written in 1906 and became the Navy's official service song.

October 11, 1975 - Saturday Night Live, a comedy show heavy on satire and covering current issues, first aired on this date. The host was George Carlin and the first cast included Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, and Garrett Morris.

October 12, 1892 - As a way to help youth celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of America (by Europeans on Columbus Day), a youth magazine published The Pledge to the Flag ... "I pledge allegiance to my Flag, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all." Through the years, changes were made to the Pledge of Allegiance which today reads: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all."

Holidays in October - " Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all."

October 14, 1774 - The First Continental Congress declares colonial rights for the first time.

October 14, 1947 - Chuck Yeager, one of if not the most revered test pilots, broke the sound barrier flying a rocket-powered X-1 fighter plane.

October 15, 1949 - Billy Graham begins his powerful ministry with a series of revivals in Los Angeles, California.

October 19, 1781 - General Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, putting an end to the conflicts of the Revolutionary War. The formal surrender was the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783 (and ratified by the US Congress of the Confederation on January 14, 1784).

October 20, 1964 - Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States, died in New York City at the age of 90.

October 21, 1774 - The Sons of Liberty erected a 112 foot tall pole with a Union Jack flag, including the words "Liberty and Union". Also nailed to the pole was a declaration of the rights of the colonists as free and independent people.

October Holidays - The motto of the Sons of Liberty was "no taxation without representation."

October 22, 1962 - In a televised address to the nation, President John F. Kennedy announced that the Soviet Union was building missile installations in Cuba. Thus, the beginning of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy ordered a naval blockade of Cuba to prevent further Soviet military shipments.

October 23-26, 1944 - The Battle of Leyte Gulf is considered the largest naval battle in terms of tonnage of ships, tonnage of ships sunk, and area of the battle. The United States combined with Australia had 8 aircraft carriers, 24 escort carriers, 12 battleships, 24 cruisers, 141 destroyers, and many more plus 1,500 aircraft. On the other hand, Japan had 4 aircraft carriers, 9 battleships, 19 cruisers, 34 destroyers and several hundred aircraft.

Holidays in October - "In case opportunity for destruction of a major portion of the enemy fleet is offered, or can be created, such destruction becomes the primary task." Admiral Chester Nimitz - his order to Admiral William Halsey, prior to the Battle of Leyte Gulf - October 1944

October 26, 1825 - The Erie Canal, linking Lake Erie with the Hudson River, was completed. At the time it was considered an engineering marvel.

October 26, 1861 - This date marks the end of the Pony Express. The relay riders of the Pony Express delivered mail, on horseback, between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California. The demise of the Pony Express was brought about by completion of telegraph lines, connecting the East to the West. The Pony Express had lasted 18 months.

Holidays in October - Pony Express riders rode a trail 1,900 miles long and earned $100 a month.

October 26, 1881 - Remember Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday? This is the day the two of them plus Wyatt's brothers Virgil and Morgan took on the Clantons and McLaurys at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. It came to be known as the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

October 26, 2001 - President Bush signed the USA Patriot Act.

October 28, 1886 - Dedication ceremonies for the Statue of Liberty.

October 31, 1517 - Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the door of the All Saint's Church, truly energizing the Protestant Reformation, an attempt to reform the Catholic Church.

October 31, 1864 - Nevada is admitted to the Union as the 36th state of the United States.

Holidays in October - The word Nevada is of Spanish origin meaning "snow-capped".

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