Special Days in October, 2016

month_a_10 Here’s the October, 2016 Special Days list!  It’s filled with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and even some spooky stuff!  I you’re looking for something special to add to your lesson plans, a day for a celebration, or something different to add to your menu, this list will give you some awesome ideas!

October’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • AIDS Awareness
  • Animal Safety and Protection
  • Audiology Awareness
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Bat Appreciation
  • Birds of Prey
  • Bilingual Child
  • Blindness Awareness
  • Book
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Bullying Prevention
  • Children’s Magazine
  • Class Reunion
  • Clocks
  • Computer Learning
  • Co-op Awareness
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cut Out Dissection
  • Cyber Security Awareness
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Depression Education and Awareness
  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Down Syndrome Awareness
  • Drum
  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Energy Management
  • Ergonomics
  • Eye Safety
  • Fair Trade
  • Financial Planning
  • Free Thought
  • German-American Heritage
  • Global Diversity
  • Go On A Field Trip
  • Halloween Safety
  • Health Literacy
  • Improve Your Home
  • International Dinosaur
  • Liver Awareness
  • Kitchen and Bath
  • Medical Librarian
  • Menopause
  • Orthodontic Health
  • Pastor Appreciation Day
  • Photographer Appreciation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Polish American Heritage
  • Positive Attitude
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness
  • Protect Your Hearing
  • Raptor Month
  • Reading Group
  • Right Brainers Rule
  • Roller Skating
  • Sarcastic Awareness
  • Self-Promotion
  • Spina Bifida Awareness
  • Squirrel Awareness
  • Stamp Collecting Month
  • Starman
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness
  • Walk To School
  • Window Covering Safety
  • Work and Family

October’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apple Jack
  • Bake and Decorate
  • Caramel
  • Cheese
  • Chili
  • Cookie
  • Country Ham
  • Cranberry
  • Eat Better, Eat Together
  • Eatable Roots
  • Farm to School
  • Pasta
  • Persimmons
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn Poppin’
  • Pork
  • Pumpkins
  • Rhizomes
  • Rhubarb
  • Sausage
  • Seafood
  • Spinach Lovers
  • Tackling Hunger
  • Vegetarian Awareness

Daily Specials for October, 2016  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date each year)

Oct. 1

  • CD Player Day
  • Card Making Day *(1st Sat.)
  • President Jimmy Carter born 1924
  • Fire Pup Day
  • Frugal Fun Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Homemade Cookies Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • Less Than Perfect Day
  • Model T Ford introduced 1908
  • Lace Day
  • Vegetarian Day

Oct. 2

  • Carry a Tune Week begins * (week with the 7th)
  • Change A Light Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Farm Animals Day
  • Mahatma Gandhi born 1869
  • Get Organized Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Great Books Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Guardian Angels Day
  • Inter-generation Day *(1st Sun.)
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • Comic Julius “Groucho” Marx born 1895
  • Mystery Series Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Name Your Car Day
  • Peanuts Comic first published 1950
  • Work From Home Week begins *(1st full week)
  • World Communion Day *(1st Sun.)

Oct. 3

  • Captain Kangaroo premier 1955
  • Child Health Day *(1st Mon.)
  • Arthur James Herriot born 1916
  • Kids’ Goal Setting Day
  • Richard the Lionheart crowned King 1189
  • No Salt Week begins
  • Rosh Hashana *
  • SOS (distress code) established 1906
  • Spinning and Weaving Week begins * (Mon. of first full week)
  • Techie’s Day
  • Blues Musician Stevie Ray Vaughn born 1954
  • Virus Appreciation Day
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention/Blue Shirt Day *(1st Mon.)
  • World Habitat Day *(1st Mon.)

Oct. 4

  • Blessing of the Animals Day
  • Cinnamon Roll Day
  • Fall Astronomy Day *
  • Frappe Day
  • Golf Day
  • President Rutherford Hayes born 1822
  • Improve Your Office Day
  • St. Francis Day
  • Sputnik launched 1957
  • Author, Edward Stratemeyer born 1862
  • Ten-Four Day
  • World Animal Day
  • World Space Week begins

Oct. 5

  • President Chester Arthur born 1829
  • Balloons Around the World Day *(1st Wed.)
  • Do Something Nice Day
  • Physicist Robert Hutchings Goddard born 1882
  • Stop Bullying Day
  • Walk to School Day *
  • World Teachers Day

Oct. 6

  • Come and Take It Day
  • German-American Day
  • Mad Hatter Day
  • Inventor George Westinghouse born 1846

Oct. 7

  • Physicist Niels Bohrs born 1885
  • Denim Day  *(1st Fri.)
  • Diversity Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Story Telling Weekend begins *(1st Fri.)
  • World Smile Day *(1st Fri.)

Oct. 8

  • Face Your Fears Day
  • Great Chicago Fire 1871
  • Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend *
  • Activist Jesse Jackson born 1941
  • Pierogy Day
  • Touch Tag Day
  • Universal Music Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Alvin C. York Day

Oct. 9

  • Chess Day
  • Chestnut Week begins *(2nd full week)
  • Clergy Appreciation Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Cupcake Day
  • Curious Events Day
  • Leif Erikson Day
  • Fire Prevention Day
  • Fire Prevention Week begins *
  • First 2-way Telephone Conversation 1876
  • Musician John Lennon born 1940
  • Metric Week begins * (week with the 10th)
  • Moldy Cheese Day
  • Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • Washington Monument opened 1888
  • World Post Day

Oct. 10

  • Angel Food Cake Day
  • Cake Decorating Day
  • Canadian Thanksgiving * (2nd Mon.)
  • Columbus Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Author James Marshall born 1942
  • Metric Day
  • Native American Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • School Lunch Week begins *
  • World Mental Health Day

Oct. 11

  • Apollo 7 lauched 1968
  • Ashura *
  • Boer War Began 1880
  • Face Your Fears Day *(2nd Tues.)
  • Free Thought Day
  • It’s My Party Day
  • Remember Forever Day
  • Eleanor Roosevelt born 1884

Oct. 12

  • Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day *(2nd Wed.)
  • Cookbook Launch Day
  • Emergency Nurses Day *
  • Fossil Day
  • International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction *(2nd Wed.)
  • Moment of Frustration Day
  • Old Farmer’s Day
  • Star Spangled Banner First Sung 1814
  • Top Spinning Day * (2nd Wed.)
  • Yom Kipper *

Oct. 13

  • Earth Science Week begins
  • English Language Day
  • Molly Pitcher born 1754
  • Skeptics Day
  • Margaret Thatcher born 1925
  • White House Construction began 1792
  • World Sight Day *(2nd Thurs.)
  • US Navy Established 1775

Oct. 14

  • Battle of Hastings 1066
  • Be Bald and Free Day
  • Dessert Day
  • Egg Day *(2nd Fri.)
  • President Dwight Eisenhower born 1890
  • William Penn born 1644

Oct. 15

  • Bridge Day *(3rd Sat.)
  • Get Smart About Credit Day *(3rd Thurs.)
  • Grouch Day
  • I Love Lucy Premier 1951
  • International Day of Rural Women
  • Poetry Day
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day
  • Sweetest Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 16

  • Marie Antoinette executed 1793
  • Boss’s Day
  • Bullying Bystanders Unite Week * (3rd full week)
  • Character Counts Week *(3rd full week)
  • Chemistry Week * (3rd full week)
  • Dictionary Day
  • Food Bank Week begins *(the week of the 16th)
  • Forest Products Week begins * (3rd Sun.)
  • Freedom of Speech Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Friends of the Library Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Learn A Word Day
  • Save for Retirement Week begins *
  • Noah Webster born 1758
  • World Food Week begins

Oct. 17

  • African American Poetry Day
  • Boss’s Day *
  • Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Eradication of Poverty Day
  • Author Arthur Miller born 1915
  • Mulligan Day
  • School Bus Safety Week begins * (Mon. of 3rd full week)
  • Nuclear Science Week begins *
  • Sukkot *
  • Wear Something Gaudy Day

Oct. 18

  • Alternative Fuel Day
  • Chocolate Cupcake Day
  • No Beard Day
  • Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity * (3rd Tues.)
  • World Menopause Day

Oct. 19

  • Author/Illustrator Ed Emberly born 1931
  • Evaluate Your Life Day
  • Electric Light Bulb Introduced 1879
  • Hagfish Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Medical Assistants Recognition Day * (Wed. of 3rd full week)
  • Revolutionary War ends 1781

Oct. 20

  • Baseball’s Mickey Mantle born 1931
  • Get Smart About Credit Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Information Overload Day
  • Monster Mash Day

Oct. 21

  • Apple Day
  • Babbling Day
  • Count Your Buttons Day
  • Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day
  • 1st Light Bulb 1879
  • Inventor Alfred Nobel born 1833
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
  • Reptile Awareness Day

Oct. 22

  • Daniel Boone born 1734
  • CAP LOCKS DAY
  • Make a Difference Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Nut Day

Oct. 23

  • Capistrano Day
  • iPod Day
  • Massage Therapy Week begins * (last full week)
  • Mole Day
  • Mother-In-Law Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Peace, Friendship, & Goodwill Week begins * (last full week)
  • Pele (soccer champion) born 1940
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
  • TV Talk Show Host Day

Oct. 24

  • Bologna Day
  • Disarmament Week begins *
  • Food Day
  • Peace, Friendship, and Good Will Week begins
  • Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week begins *
  • United Nations Day
  • World Development Information Day

Oct. 25

  • Magic Week begins
  • Pasta Day
  • Artist Pablo Picasso born 1881
  • Punk for a Day Day
  • Sourest Day

Oct. 26

  • Erie Canal opened 1825
  • Gun Fight at the OK Corral 1881
  • Hillary Clinton born 1947
  • Mincemeat
  • Mule Day
  • Red Cross Founded 1836

Oct. 27

  • Cranky Co-Workers Day
  • Navy Day
  • President Theodore Roosevelt born 1858
  • Tell A Story Day

Oct. 28

  • Chocolates Day
  • Frankenstein Day * (Last Fri.)
  • Make a Difference Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Plush Animal Lover’s Day
  • St. Jude’s Day
  • Physician Jonas Salk born 1914
  • Statue of Liberty dedicated 1886

Oct. 29

  • Cat Day
  • Gateway to the West (St. Louis Arch) completed 1965
  • Hermit Day
  • Internet Day
  • Oatmeal Day
  • The New York Stock Exchange crashed (beginning of The Great Depression) 1929
  • Visit a Cemetery Day

Oct. 30

  • President John Adams born 1735
  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Candy Corn Day
  • Create a Great Funeral Day
  • Diwali *
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • Mischief Night (Devil’s Night)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) founded 1966
  • 1938 Radio Broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds 

Oct. 31

  • All Hollows Eve/Halloween
  • Books for Treats Day
  • Caramel Apple Day
  • Carve a Pumpkin Day
  • Day of the Dead
  • Girl Scout Founder’s Day
  • Knock Knock Jokes Day
  • Magic Day
  • Mount Rushmore Completed 1941
  • Nevada Statehood 1864
  • Reformation Day
  • Samhain

Here’ is the collection of my favorite “go to” resources for special days studies  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

My apologies, but I haven’t had the opportunity to update the Learning Resources list for October, 2016 (yet).  However, most of the resources from 2015 will work just fine  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/10/01/learning-resources-for-october-2015/

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/october-2016.html

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-october

http://food.unl.edu/october-food-calendar

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/october.htm

Happy October!

betty jo

 

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