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October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, coming between September and November. It has 31 days. The name comes from the Latin oct for "eight". It was the eighth month of the year before January and February were added to the beginning of the year.

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October is an Autumn (Fall) month in the Northern Hemisphere, as shown here in Vermont.

October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, coming after September and before November. It has 31 days. Its name comes from Latin oct, meaning eight, as it was the eighth month of the year in the Old Roman Calendar before January and February were added to the beginning of the year, though its name did not change. The tenth month at the time was December.

October is an Autumn (Fall) month in the Northern Hemisphere and a Spring month in the Southern Hemisphere. In each Hemisphere, it is the seasonal equivalent of April in the other.

October begins on the same day of week as January in common years, but no month begins on the same day as October in a leap year. It always ends on the same day of the week as February, though also ends on the same day of the week as January in common years.

October 31/November 1 is Samhain in old Pagan tradition. Several current observances at this time are believed to be related to it. They are: Halloween (October 31) in many western traditions, All Saints Day (November 1), All Souls Day (November 2), and the Day of the Dead (October 31 to November 2), which is celebrated in Mexico.

October's flower is the Calendula. One of its birthstones is the opal. The meaning of the opal is hope. The other birthstone of October is the pink tourmaline. The astrological signs for October are Libra (September 24 to October 23) and Scorpio (October 24 to November 22).

Holidays[change | change source]

Fixed Observances[change | change source]

Stamp marking German Unity Day on October 3.
Halloween is celebrated on October 31.
Offering on Day of the Dead in Mexico, celebrated from October 31 to November 2.


Moveable Events[change | change source]

Selection of Historical Events[change | change source]

Germany was officially re-unified on October 3, 1990.
Sputnik 1, which was sent into space on October 4, 1957.
Part of the Bayeux Tapestry showing the Battle of Hastings, which took place on October 14, 1066.
Image showing the death of Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805.
The Statue of Liberty, which was opened on October 28, 1886.


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Months of the Year

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December