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October: The Tenth Month
October is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. It is one of six months of the year with 31 days. The others are January, March, July, August, and December.
Even though October is autumn in the Northern hemisphere, it is spring in the Southern hemisphere. There it is equivalent to our month of April.
How to Tell It Is October
A person can always tell it is October because it is the month when leaves change colors and fall from the trees. The first frost of the year usually comes in October. There are two holidays in October. One is a legal national holiday while the other one is just a fun day for kids and some adults.
Columbus Day comes on the second Monday in October every year. In 2020, it falls on Monday, October 12. Interestingly, that Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Halloween always comes on October 31 no matter what day of the week it falls on. In 2020, it is on a Saturday.
The day honoring Christopher Columbus is a public holiday in many states but not in all of them. Government offices and the post offices are closed on Columbus Day. However, check to see if schools are closed in your area because they are not required to close. The same goes for banks.
October Birthstones, Zodiac Signs, and Flower
People born in October probably already know that there are two birthstones.
October's zodiac signs:
- Libra (September 23-October 22)
- Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
October's birth flower is the Calendula.
|Observances in October|
Adopt a Shelter Dog Day Month
October 4 is National Taco Day.
Columbus Day is observed on October 12
National Coming Out Day on October 11
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Arts & Humanities Month
Halloween is celebrated on October 31
More United States Presidents were born in October than in any other month.
|Dates in October||Presidents of the United States|
October 1, 1924
October 4, 1822
October 5, 1829
October 14, 1890
October 27, 1858
October 30, 1735
Presidents Who Died in October
Only two of the United States Presidents died in October.
- Franklin Pierce - October 8, 1869
- Herbert Hoover - October 20, 1964
Celebrities Born in October
- October 1: Zach Galifianakis. Julie Andrews, Randy Quaid. ...
- October 2: Sting, Kelly Ripa
- October 3: Clive Owen, Gwen Stefani
- October 4: Dakota Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Alicia Silverstone
- October 5: Kate Winslet
- October 6: Leslie Moonves
- October 7: Simon Cowell, Joy Behar
- October 8: Matt Damon, Nick Cannon, Bruno Mars, Sigourney Weaver
- October 9: Sharon Osbourne, Tony Shalhoub, John O'Hurley
- October 10: Mario Lopez
- October 11: Luke Perry
- October 13: Paul Simon, Kelly Preston
- October 15: Penny Marshall
- October 16: Angela Lansbury, Suzanne Somers
- October 17: Eminem
- October 18: Zac Efron, Jean-Claude Van Damme
- October 19: John Lithgow
- October 20: Snoop Dogg, Tom Petty
- October 21: Kim Kardashian West
- October 23: Ryan Reynolds
- October 24: Kevin Kline, Drake
- October 26: Seth MacFarlane, Jaclyn Smith
- October 27: Kelly Osbourne
- October 28: Julia Roberts, Annie Potts, Joaquin Phoenix
Things to Buy in October
October is not the best month to buy everything, but it is a great time to buy jeans. Retailers are starting to discount them after the back-to-school season. Some stores offer good deals to give customers incentives to help them clear their shelves so they can stock them with winter items.
The tenth month of the year is a good time to stock up on outdoor items. Take inventory of your camping gear, grills, patio furniture, and outdoor furnishings. Buy them this month if you need them. Next summer, you will be glad you did.
Things Not to Buy in October
You might be tempted to buy certain items in October, but it is not the month to buy everything. If you need a new vacuum cleaner or other floor care appliance, try to wait until November when they will be on sale. Cleaning appliances are not on sale until early spring.
You will pay more if you purchase major electronics appliances in October. Therefore, try to get the most out of your computers and televisions a little while longer. You can get the best deals if you can wait until Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving.
The last week in October is the only time of the entire year when all four major American sports have games at the same time.
- Major League Baseball (MLB)
- National Hockey League (NHL)
- National Football League (NFL)
- National Basketball Association (NBA)
Beverley Turner on October 01, 2020:
A lot of good info
Winnie Westbrook on October 01, 2020:
Is Columbus Day still a legal holiday? Been retired so lob FB I don’t remember.
Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on September 30, 2018:
Interesting! I love all the facts about October birthdays. I also never thought about their being a certain time of year that is better than others to purchase certain things, so that was a good point,