October


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October About this sound (listen) is the tenth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. The eighth month in the old Roman calendar, October retained its name (from the Latin "octo" meaning "eight") after January and February were inserted into the calendar that had originally been created by the Romans.

October is commonly associated with the season of autumn in the Northern hemisphere and spring in the Southern hemisphere, where it is the seasonal equivalent to April in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa.

In common years January starts on the same day of the week as October, but no other month starts on the same day of the week as October in leap years. October ends on the same day of the week as February every year and January in common years only. In leap years, October starts on the same day as August of the previous year.

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October events and holidays

A shop in Derry decorated for Halloween

Month-long observances

Cultural celebrations

Health observances

Miscellaneous

  • The month October has become famous as "Red October", due to the Russian October revolution of 1917, although in the modern Gregorian calendar, the revolution started in November.[23]
  • The last week in October is the only time of the year when all four major North American Sports league schedule games - the NBA generally starts in that last week while the MLB postseason is just ending.
  • In the 19th century, the month of October was dedicated to the devotion of the rosary in Roman Catholic countries.[citation needed]
  • Slavs call it "yellow month", from the fading of the leaf; to the Anglo-Saxons it was known as Winterfylleth, because at this full moon (fylleth) winter was supposed to begin.[24]
  • Eric Whitacre composed a piece based on this month, titled October.
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week
  • Neil Gaiman wrote a story personifying the month in his collection Fragile Things entitled October in the Chair.
  • Ray Bradbury published a collection of short stories titled The October Country in 1955.

October symbols

  • October's birthstone is the opal. It is said that the opal will crack if it is worn by someone who was not born in October.
  • Its birth flower is the calendula.[25]
  • The Zodiac sign for those born in this month is either Libra or Scorpio, depending on which day you were born.

References

  1. ^ Chaudhury, Nilova. "October 2 is global non-violence day", hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, 15 June 2007. Retrieved on 2007-06-15
  2. ^ "October is National Pork Month". ThePigSite. 2007-10-02. http://www.thepigsite.com/swinenews/15806/octobers-national-pork-month. 
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  5. ^ Staff Writer. "ancestry.com". ancestry.com. http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=1048. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  6. ^ "Italian Heritage and Culture Month". Italyculturemonth.org. http://www.italyculturemonth.org/about.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  7. ^ "Polish American Center". Polish American Center. http://www.polishamericancenter.org/heritmo.htm. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  8. ^ Celiac Awareness Month[dead link]
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  10. ^ "National Breast Cancer Awareness Month generating awareness". http://nbcam.org/newsroom_nbcam_facts.cfm. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  11. ^ "ADHA – October is National Dental Hygiene Month". Adha.org. http://www.adha.org/ndhm/. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  12. ^ National Down Syndrome Society – October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month[dead link]
  13. ^ "Observing Infertility Awareness Month". Library.adoption.com. http://library.adoption.com/resources-and-information/observing-infertility-awareness-month/article/574/1.html. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  14. ^ "The Domestic Violence Awareness Month". Nrcdv.org. http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
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  16. ^ APTA | National Physical Therapy Month[dead link]
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  20. ^ "American Pharmacists Month 2011". Pharmacist.com. http://www.pharmacist.com/aphm. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  21. ^ http://www.ardms.org/default.asp?contentID=872
  22. ^ "October is 3D Ultrasound Awareness Month « First Peek Ultrasound Blog". Oakparkultrasound.com. 2010-10-19. http://oakparkultrasound.com/blog/2010/10/october-is-3d-ultrasound-awareness-month. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  23. ^ "SparkNotes: The October Revolution" (timeline), SparkNotes LLC, 2006, webpage: SN-5: accessed 2007-01-28.
  24. ^  Chisholm, Hugh, ed (1911). "October". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  25. ^ SHG Resources. "Birth Months, Flowers, and Gemstones". SHG Resources. http://www.shgresources.com/gems/birthflowers/. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 

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