Fun Facts About October

I adore everything about the month of October. I normally reserve time in September and October to travel because the colors are so gorgeous, the weather is ideal and of course, there are far fewer vacationers. September flew by so fast and the weather wasn’t that great. It was cool and rained a lot. It’s hard to believe we’re at the onset of October and already we got a few inches of snow. But despite this, October has a lot going for it. Here are some fun facts about this beautiful month.

Even though October is the 10th month in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars, it was the 8th month in the old Roman calendar, hence its name. October is derived from the Latin ôctō meaning “eight”.

Oktoberfest is celebrated in Munich, Germany from late September to early October. The first Oktoberfest was held on Oct 12, 1810, to celebrate the wedding between King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. This year the Oktoberfest runs from Sep 22, 2018 – Oct 7, 2018.

Munich Oktoberfest Parade

On October 28, 1886, France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States.

On October 1702, Peter the Great’s Russian forces captured the Swedish fortress of Nöteborg. He then renamed it Shlisselburg.

Established on October 18, 1386, the University of Heidelberg opened its doors to students. It’s Germany’s oldest university.

October 18, 1622, French King Louis XIII & Huguenots sign Treaty of Montpellier

In October 1959, the Twilight Zone television series premiered.

In October 1889, Thomas Edison showed the 1st motion picture in New York.

October 1879, Thomas Edison invented the incandescent electric lamp

On October 14, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

On October 16, 1793, Marie Antionette was beheaded for treason.

Marie Antionette painting
Marie Antionette painting/Wikipedia

On October 26, 1825, the Erie Canal opens.

On October 31, 1926, at 1:26 pm, Harry Houdini dies of peritonitis.

On Oct 2, 1950, the comic strip Peanuts first appears in newspapers.’

On Oct 1, 197, Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida