WARSAW — October, the tenth month of the year and one of seven months with a length of 31 days, is best known for Halloween festivities.
The October birthstones are Opal and Tourmaline. Birth flowers are Marigold and Cosmos.
Zodiac signs are Libra (Sept. 24 – Oct. 23) and Scorpio (Oct. 24 – Nov. 22).
- Oct. 11 — Canadian Thanksgiving
- Oct. 11 — Columbus Day
- Oct. 11 — Indigenous Peoples’ Day
- Oct. 24 — United Nations Day
- Oct. 31 — Halloween
- Oct. 1 — National Black Dog Day, World Smile Day
- Oct. 2 — International Day of Non-Violence, National Custodian Day
- Oct. 3 — National Unity Day, National Boyfriend Day
- Oct. 4 — National Cinnamon Roll Day, National Taco Day
- Oct. 5 — World Teachers’ Day
- Oct. 6 — National Coaches Day, National Walk + Bike to School Day
- Oct. 7 — National Frappe’ Day
- Oct. 8 — National Pierogi Day
- Oct. 9 — Leif Erikson Day
- Oct. 10 — World Mental Health Day
- Oct. 11 — National Sausage Pizza Day
- Oct. 12 — Farmers Day
- Oct. 13 — International Skeptics Day, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day, National No Bra Day
- Oct. 14 — National Dessert Day
- Oct. 15 — Global Handwashing Day
- Oct. 16 — National Boss’s Day, Sweetest Day
- Oct. 17 — National Pasta Day
- Oct. 18 — Health Care Aide Day
- Oct. 19 — National New Friends Day
- Oct. 20 — National Day on Writing, International Sloth Day
- Oct. 21 — National Pets for Veterans Day
- Oct. 22 — National Nut Day
- Oct. 23 — Slap Your Annoying Co-Worker Day
- Oct. 24 — National Bologna Day, United Nations Day
- Oct. 25 — National Mother-In-Law Day
- Oct. 26 — National Pumpkin Day
- Oct. 27 — Navy Day, National Black Cat Day
- Oct. 28 — National First Responders Day, National Chocolate Day
- Oct. 29 — National Cat Day
- Oct. 30 — National Candy Corn Day, National Text Your Ex Day
- Oct. 31 — Halloween, National Unity Day, National Caramel Apple Day
- Oct. 30,1986 — “License To Ill,” by The Beastie Boys, became the first rap album to reach No. 1.
- Oct. 3, 1974 — Frank Robinson was hired by the Cleveland Indians as baseball’s first African-American major league manager.
- Oct. 2, 1967 — All six members of the Grateful Dead were arrested for drug possession after a raid at their 710 Ashbury St. house in San Francisco.
- Oct. 30, 1938 — The “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast panicked millions of Americans. Actor Orson Welles and the Mercury Players dramatized the story by H.G. Wells depicting a Martian invasion of New Jersey. Their script utilized simulated radio news bulletins which many listeners thought were real.
- Oct. 14, 1912 — Former President Theodore Roosevelt was shot by a fanatic while campaigning in Milwaukee. Roosevelt was saved by his thick overcoat, a glasses case and a folded speech in his breast pocket, all of which slowed the bullet. Although wounded, he insisted on making the speech with the bullet lodged in his chest and did not go to t
- Oct. 1, 1908 —Henry Ford‘s Model T, a “universal car” designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time.
- Oct. 8, 1871 — The Great Fire of Chicago erupted. According to legend, it started when Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern in her barn on DeKoven Street. Over 300 people were killed and 90,000 were left homeless as the fire leveled 3.5 square miles, destroying 17,450 buildings. Financial losses totaled over $200 million.
- he hospital until the meeting ended. Roosevelt, a rugged outdoorsman, fully recovered in two weeks.
- Oct. 26, 1881 — The shoot-out at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz., occurred between the feuding Clanton and Earp families. Wyatt Earp, two of his brothers and “Doc” Holliday gunned down two Clantons and two others.
- Oct. 1 — Downtown Warsaw’s First Friday, 5-9 p.m.
- Oct. 8 — Fall Family Fun at Lucerne Park, 6-8 p.m., in Warsaw
- Oct. 15 — October Friday Fest, 5-9 p.m., in Nappanee
- Oct. 20 — Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., in Pierceton
- Oct. 30 — Sixth Annual Lutheran Health Network KCH 5K Race and Kids’ Run, 8 a.m., at the K21 Health Pavilion on Provident Drive, Warsaw
Compiled by Lasca Randels