October Oddities

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octoberOctober 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. It is also very commonly associated with Halloween in the western world.



In 1918, the Arab forces of Emir Faisal, with British officer T E Lawrence, captured Damascus from the Turks in WW1.


Saladin captures Jerusalem from Crusaders in 1187, after its 88-year occupation by the Franks:


The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes was renamed Yugoslavia in 1929.


It's 1995 and French troops have landed in the Comoros Islands and archipelago in the Indian Ocean, and overturned a six-day coup led by the 66-year old former French mercenary Bod Denard.


In 1936, The Jarrow March, of unemployed shipyard workers, started its southward journey to London.


The Orient-Express completed its first run from Paris to Constantinople (now Istanbul) in nearly 78 hours back in 1883. It now takes 108 hours, but that's progress.


Grey whales trapped under ice in Alaska became the focus of an international rescue effort in 1988. Read more in the 'Dolphin and Whale Greepeace site.


The Battle of Loos, in World War I, ended in 1915, with thousands dead on each side.


The first Luddites riots, against the introduction of machinery for spinning cotton, began in Manchester in 1779:


In 190, Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women's Social and Political Union to fight for women's emancipation in Britain.


Pope Leo X conferred the title of 'Defender of the Faith' (Fidei Defensor) on England's Henry VIII for his book supporting Catholic principles (as long as they never affected him) in 1521.


In 1492; Christopher Columbus his first land in discovering the New World, calling it San Salvador.


The cornerstone of the White House, Washington, DC, was laid by President George Washington. The Cornerstone Of The White House Was Laid


A Mass Wedding took place in Seoul, South Korea, when 5,837 couples were married simultaneously in 1982.


Britain and Iceland ended ' The Cod War' in 1973, with agreement on fishing rights


1946 and thankfully the Nazi war criminals, including von Ribbentrop, Rosenberg, and Streicher, were hanged at Nuremberg. Details at 'Execution of Nazi War Criminals at Nuremberg Trials'.


1931, and US gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for income-tax evasion, the only charge that could be sustained against him.


The Edict of Nantes, granting religious freedom to the Huguenots was revoked in 1685. by King Louis XIV of France.


Sir Thomas Browne, English author and physician born this day in 1605.


It was in 1935, that Mao Zedong's long march ended in Yenan, north China.


Disaster struck in Wales in 1966, when the Welsh village of Aberfan was engulfed by a collapsed slagheap, killing 144, including 116 children.


US President Kennedy announced that Soviet missile bases had been installed in Cuba, leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.


Its 1946 and the first meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place in New York.


Today in 1929, share values on the stock market, New York, crashed starting with 'Black Thursday', leading to the great 'Wall Street Crash'.


Lord Cardigan led the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War this day in1854.


The wild west hosted The legendary ' Gunfight At The OK Corral' that took place in Tombstone, Arizona; 1881.


Another famous Welshman born this day in Swansea 1905; Dylan Thomas, poet and playwright.


Harvard University, the first in the USA, was founded in 1636.


Sir Walter Ralegh, English navigator, courtier, and once favorite of Elizabeth I, was beheaded at Whitehall for treason in 1618.


'Quakers' the more common name for the The Religious Society of Friends, came into being during a court case in 1650, at which George Fox, the founder, told the magistrate to 'quake and tremble at the word of God'.


In 1995, five million Quebecers said 'no' to separatism, but referendum results showed the province was as divided as ever, with 50.6% voting against and 49.4% voting in favour of separatism. More details in 'Quebec's Separatist Fire Appears Ready to Flicker Out'.


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