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The Month of October in History-Each Date Illustrated

Updated on March 3, 2016

October 01, this day is the beginning of National Gain The Inside Advantage Month. Gaining the inside advantage is how ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things. It refers to taking control of your life from the inside out; it means learning how to live deeply, joyfully, and successfully. Celebrate yourself this month!

October 02, this day is the birthday of The Twilight Zone. In 1959, the great TV show Twilight Zone premiered on CBS-TV. You are now entering the Twilight Zone, the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge...

October 03, this day is the birthday of The Andy Griffith Show. The first episode of the classic TV comedy The Andy Griffith Show aired on CBS-TV on October 3, 1960. The show, itself a spin-off of The Danny Thomas Show, spawned its own spin-off series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964), a sequel series, Mayberry R.F.D. (1968), and a reunion telemovie, Return to Mayberry (1986).

October 04, this day is Great Stone Face Day. In 1895, Buster Keaton was born in Piqua, Kansas. One of the most famous of the silent film comedians, Keaton was known as the Great Stone Face because of his deadpan delivery. Keaton has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: 6619 Hollywood Boulevard (for motion pictures); and 6321 Hollywood Boulevard (for television).

October 05, this day is the anniversary of the Hillbilly Heist. In 1997, eight of America's dumbest criminals stole $17 million from the Loomis Fargo Bank in Charlotte, North Carolina, and then were eventually all rounded up because of their blatant, extravagant spending.

October 06, this day is the birthday of the Ohio Art Company. In 1908, Henry Simon Winzeler founded the Ohio Art Company, makers of the Etch-A-Sketch toy. Today, Etch-A-Sketch is still one of the cornerstones of the activity aisle in the Ohio Art Company.

October 07, this day is Mount Everest Ski Day. In 2000, Slovenian kier Davo Karnicar became the first person to ski non-stop down the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. It was his second attempt to ski the mountain. During his first attempt, he lost two fingers to frostbite. Congratulations, Davo!

October 08, this day is the anniversary of the Battle of Perryville. In 1862, the Battle of Perryville was the Confederacy's last attempt to take control of Kentucky during the American Civil War. The South won the battle but was forced to retreat.

October 09, this day is Meteorite Automobile Accident Day. In 1992, the first reported incident of a meteorite hitting a car occurred when a meteorite struck a parked Chevrolet, owned by Michelle Knapp, in Peekskill, New York. Knapp was not in the car at the time.

October 10, this day is Health Sports Day in Japan. This Japanese national holiday commemorates the opening of the 18th Olympiad in Tokyo on October 10, 1964. First celebrated in 1966, this day encourages children and adults to play more sports to maintain their health

October 11, this day is the birthday of Saturday Night Live. NBC's weekend comedy program featuring the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Saturday Night Live!, premiered on NBC-TV in 1975. George Carlin was the first guest host.

October 12, this day is Dia de la Raza (Day of the Race). On the original Columbus Day, this Mexican holiday celebrates the shared heritage of the Spanish, Indian, and Hispanic people of Mexico.

October 13, this day is McDonald's in India Day. In 1996, McDonald's opened its first restaurant in India. This outlet was also McDonald's first restaurant not to serve beef (it served
mutton instead).

October 14, this day is Be Bald and Be Free Day. It's the day for all bald people to go shiny and feel good about it. There are 40 million bald men (and counting) in the United States and 432 million in the world.

October 15, this day is the birthday of Mork and Mindy's Baby. In 1981, Mork and Mindy had a baby on their TV show. Their baby, hatched from an egg, looked like an old man (played by Jonathan Winters).

October 16, this day is Let Them Eat Cake Day. In 1793, Queen Marie Antoinette of France was beheaded during the French Revolution. Earlier she had pooh-poohed the hunger of the poor people of Paris who had no bread by saying, "Let them eat cake." Although some historians claim that the Queen never actually uttered the words, the legend has stuck...

October 17, this day is the birthday of the Hair Musical. The rock musical Hair, famous for celebrating long hair and other hippie cultural icons, opened off-Broadway at New York's
Public Theatre in 1967. Hair tells the story of the Tribe, a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the Age of Aquarius living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting
against conscription into the Vietnam War.

October 18, this day is Satu's Day. The Satu award for the best children's fairy tales (written by children, ages 7 to 13) are awarded on this date. Satu is a female first name in Finland that means "fairy tale." The competition began in 1993.

October 19, this day is American Revolution End Day. Hopelessly trapped at Yorktown, Virginia, British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered 8,000 British soldiers and seamen to a larger Franco-American force, effectively bringing an end to the American Revolution.

October 20, this day is Korczak Remembrance Day. This day honors sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski who originated work on carving the Crazy Horse Memorial. Korczak arrived in the Black Hills on May 3, 1947. He worked on the project until his death on October 20, 1982, at age 74. During his nearly 36 years of working on the mountain, he refused to take any salary atCrazy Horse Memorial.

October 21, this day is Candle in the Wind Day. In 1997, the Guinness Book of World Records declared Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" as the largest-selling single in history. By that date, John's tribute to Princess Diana had sold 31.8 million copies.

October 22, this day is Copycat Day. In 1938, Chester Carlson, inventor of xerography, made the first photocopy at his laboratory in Astoria, New York. The message copied. Simple:"Astoria, 10-22-38." Carlson received world acclaim and became extremely wealthy as his invention created a billion-dollar industry. It is estimated that Carlson gave away almost $100 million to charity and foundations before his death in 1968.

October 23, this day is National Mole Day. National Mole Day is celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm. It was founded by Maurice Oehler on May 15, 1991. It commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10 to the 23rd power or 6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.

October 24, this day is the anniversary of the Treaty of Westphalia. In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' War in Europe. The Thirty Years' War was one of the most destructive conflicts in European history. The war was fought primarily (though not exclusively) in what is now Germany and at various points involved most of the countries of Europe.

October 25, this day is the anniversary of the Liberty Trees. In 1999, the last of the 13 Liberty Trees, one for each of the 13 original U.S. colonies, was cut down after being severely
damaged by Hurricane Floyd. The 400-year-old tulip poplar on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, served as a rallying point in the 1770s for colonial patriots
who desired freedom from British rule.

October 26, this day is Gunfight at the OK Corral Day. In 1881, Wyatt Earp, his two brothers, and Doc Holliday fought with the Ike Clanton gang in Tombstone, Arizona. Three members of the Ike Clanton gang were killed while Earp's brothers were wounded. The most common bit of trivia associated with this is that the gunfight didn't take place at the OK Corral, but near the corner of Third and Fremont Streets.

October 27, this day is Operation Leftovers Day. In 2000, emergency doctors at a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, left a 5-inch pair of pincers in the entrails of a teenage girl who had been hit by a stray bullet. They discovered the pincers after viewing an x-ray several months after the initial surgery. OW!

October 28, this day is the birthday of the Ticker Tape Parade. In 1886, the first ticker tape parade celebrated the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. The term ticker tape originally
referred to the use of the paper output of ticker tape machines, which were used in brokerages to provide updated stock market quotes. Nowadays, the paper products are largely waste office paper that has been cut using conventional paper shredders.

October 29, this day is the birthday of the Internet. In 1969, a Sigma-7 computer at UCLA was linked to an SDS 940 computer at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, California. Trivia fans: UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock sent a message from his school's host computer. He was trying to write "login," but the system crashed after two letters, and lo! The Internet was born with the first data message sent
between two networked computers.

October 30, this day is the birthday of Charles Atlas (1893). Born Angelo Siciliano, Atlas was the developer of a bodybuilding and exercise program. He trained himself to develop his body from that of a "scrawny weakling," eventually becoming the most popular muscleman of his day. He took the name "Charles Atlas" after a friend told him he resembled the statue of
Atlas on top of a hotel in Coney Island and legally changed his name in 1922.

October 31, this day is Halloween. As one of the world's oldest holidays, Halloween is still celebrated today in several countries around the globe. In Austria, families leave bread
and a lighted candle or lamp on the kitchen table before heading to bed. In China they place food and water in front of the pictures of deceased relatives. In Japan, they prepare special foods and decorate with beautiful red lanterns that are lit and set to float in the rivers.

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