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230 Reasons to Celebrate in October

    Make some memories by planning unusual celebrations. Pick one idea a week, make assignments to family members, and have fun! Chances are, your children will be inviting friends to join in.
     • "October" used to be called Germanicus, Herculeus, and Faustinus.
     • October is Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, Celebrating the Bilingual Child Month, Children's Health Month, Children's Magazine Month, Church Safety and Security Month, Class Reunion Month, Frugal Fun Month, National Crime Prevention Month, National Go On a Field Trip Month, Family Health Month, Eat Better Eat Together Month, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Communicate With Your Kid Month,  National Positive Attitude Month, National Cookie Month, Roller Skating Month, National Chili Month, and National Toilet Tank Repair Month.      Today is World Vegetarian Day, sponsored by the North American Vegetarian Society.
     Today is Intergeneration Day, connecting generations through communication, education, and celebration (intergenerationday.org).
     Squirrel Awareness Month begins today, sponsored by the Squirrel Lovers Club of Elmhurst, Illinois.

     Pudding Season begins today.
     Today is Scare a Friend Day.
     Today is Child Health Day and the beginning of Universal Children's Week.
     Newspaper Week begins today in Japan.
     Tonight is National Popcorn and Tears Movie Appreciation Night. Men can stay home and vacuum.
     Today is Independence Day in Nigeria and Tuvalu.

     Today is Peanuts Day, celebrating this day in 1950 when Charles Schulz introduced us to his pals, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy.
     Today is Name Your Car Day.
     Today is World Farm Animals Day.
     Today is National Custodial Workers Day.
     Today is World Habitat Day.
     Tonight is Go for a Stroll After Dinner Night.
     Rideshare Week begins today in California, a time to reduce pollution and traffic.
     No Salt Week and Spinning and Weaving Week begin today.
     Today is International Walk to School Day,  a day to fight pollution and obesity and to establish safe neighborhood routes for walking and bicycling.
     Today is Andy Griffith Day, sponsored by The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club, marking the TV show’s debut on October 3, 1960. There are now some 900 local rerun watchers clubs (mayberry.com/tagsrwc/).

    Today is Mickey Mouse Club Day, marking debut of the first TV series starring Annette Funicello and Shelley Fabaras on this date in 1955. A later version starred Keri Russell, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears.
bullet Other TV premiers on this date:
bullet Captain Kangaroo 1955
bullet Dick Van Dyke Show 1961
bullet LA Law 1986
bullet Our Miss Brooks 1952
bullet Ozzie and  Harriet 1952
bullet Pat Boone Show 1957
bullet Quincy 1976
bullet The Real McCoys 1957
bullet Scarecrow and Mrs. King 1983

     Today is National Techies Day, honoring tech professionals in a wired world.
     Today is Play "Hound Dog" by Elvis Day.
     Today is National Carmel Custard Day.
     Today is International Toot Your Flute Day, a day to promote yourself.
     Today is National Taco Day.
     • Today  is Dick Tracy Day, marking the comic strip detective's debut on this date in 1931 in the Detroit Daily Mirror as "Plainclothes Tracy."
     Today is National Depression Screening Day.
     Today is Ten-Four Day, the 4th day of the 10th month, a day to recognize radio operators.
     Today is Independence Day in Lesotho.
     World Space Week begins today.
     • Today is National Noisy Munching Day, a day to annoy others by eating ice, pickles, chips, anything crunchy and loud.
     • Today is World Smile Day. Do an act of kindness and help one person smile (worldsmileday.com). Sponsored by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts, who created the smiley face in 1963. 
     • Today is World Teachers' Day, sponsored by the UN.
     • Today is National Denim Day. Lee Jeans wants everyone to wear jeans to work and contribute $5 to breast cancer programs (denimday.com).
     Today is National Diversity Day, a day to celebrate who we are.
     • Today is National Depression Screening Day.
     • Today is "You Bet Your Life" Day. The popular TV game show debuted on this date in 1950 after three years on radio. With host Groucho Marx, the TV show lasted 11 years. Revival attempts with Buddy Hacket in 1980 and Bill Cosby in 1992 were short-lived.
     • Today is Be Nice to Lawyers Day.
     • Today is Long Walk Day.
     • Today is Republic Day in Portugal.
      • Today is CSI Day, marking the CBS television premier of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" on this date in 2000.
      • This is National Carry a Tune Week, a time to play and sing old songs to keep them alive.
      • Today is National German-American Day, by presidential proclamation.
      • Today is Armed Forces Day in Egypt.
      • National Newspaper Week and  Physician Assistants (PA) Week begin today.
    • Today is Try To Start An Argument Over Which Is the Best Muppet Day.
     • Today is International Frugal Fun Day, a day to celebrate that having fun doesn’t have to be costly (frugalfun.com).
     • Today is If At First You Don’t Succeed Day, honoring Frank Sinatra, whose CBS-TV musical variety show debuted on this date in 1950. The first year, Frank couldn’t compete with Sid Caesar’s "Your Show of Shows." The second season he couldn’t compete with Milton Berle’s "Texaco Star Theater." In 1957 Frank tried TV again with a variety-drama show, but it lasted less than a year.
     • Today in China it's Confucius Birthday, the 27th day of the eighth lunar month.
     • Today is National Frappe Day.
     • Today is Cats Day, marking the Broadway premier of Cats on this date in 1982. After, 7,485 performances, the longest-running production in Broadway history closed on September 10, 2000.
     • Today is World Communion Sunday, celebrated by Christians worldwide.
     • Mental Illness Awareness Week, Fire Prevention Week, National Carry a Tune Week, and Squirrel Awareness Week begin today.
     • Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
     • Today is Fire Prevention Day, the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, when legend says Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern. Over 98,000 people were left homeless by the fire. This is also Fire Prevention Week.
     • Today is American Indian Heritage Day in Alabama and Native Americans' Day in South Dakota, celebrated each year on Columbus Day.
     • Today is Columbus Day, marking Chris's arrival in the New World on October 12th.
     • Today is Discoverer's Day in Hawaii, honoring all discoverers.
     • Today is National Tube Top Day.
     • Today is Back to Basics Day, a day for families to make bread together.
     • Today is National Fluffernutter Day. Fluffernutter is a delicacy made with bread, marshmallow fluff, and peanut butter.
     • Today is Lovable Lawyers Day.
     • Today is Health-Sports Day in Japan.
     • Today is Ozzie and Harriet Day, marking the couple’s debut on CBS Radio on their 9th wedding anniversary, October 8, 1944. "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" continued on radio, then television, through 1966.
     • National School Lunch Week begins today.
     • Emergency Nurses Week begins today, honoring nurses take care of those whose lives are touched by tragedy (ena.org).
     • Today is National Submarine-Grinder-Hoagie-Hero Day.
     •  Today is Leif Erickson Day, celebrating his discovery of North America in the year 1000.
     • Today is Moldy Cheese Day.
     • Today is Independence Day in Uganda and Day of National Honor in Peru.
     • Today is Make Sure Your Boss and Teacher know tomorrow Is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day. .
     • Today is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day.
     • Today is World Mental Health Day, sponsored by the United Nations.
     • Today is Emergency Nurses Day.
     • Today is International Top Spinning Day and National Cake Decorating Day.
     • Today is National Floppy Hat, a day to wear the floppiest hat you can find for at least a half hour.
     • Today is Really Clean the Sink Day. Whichever sink you want.

     • Today is National Angel Food Cake Day.
     • National Ratty Sweater Season begins today.
     • Today is Independence Day in Fiji, a nation of 810,000 people on 322 islands in the western South Pacific.
     • Today is Beginning of Independence Wars Day in Cuba, marking the struggle against Spain beginning in 1868.
    • Today is Anniversary Day for former president Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary. They married 32 years ago today, when Bill was 29 and Hillary was 27. Chelsea Victoria was born in 1980.
     • Today is You Go, Girl Day, celebrating Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space.

     • Today is National Sausage Pizza Day.
     • Snipe Hunting Season begins tonight.
     • Today is Dr. Pepper Baked Beans Appreciation Day.
     • Today is International Moment of Frustration Scream Day, sponsored by Tom & Ruth Roy of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, who encourage everyone to go outdoors at noon (Greenwich time) and scream for 30 seconds (wellcat.com). Some call it Scream and Shout Day.
     • Today is Child Rambunctiousness Appreciation Day, a time to admire the energy of children.
     • Today is the Day of Six Billion, when the world population reached six billion people on this date in 1999. World population reached on billion in 1804. Now a another billion is added about every 12 years.
     • Today is National Doodle Bug Day.
     • Today is Discovery Day in the Bahamas, and Columbus Day in Belize.
     • Today is National Doo Wah Diddy Day, the day in 1964 when Manfred Mann's "Doo Wah Diddy" reached #1 in the U.S.
     • Today is the Day of the Race in Mexico, celebrating the discovery of America.
     • World Egg Day, a time to celebrate the egg.
     • Today is National Clean the Crumbs Out of the Broiler Oven Day.
     • Today is National Nuzzling Day.
     • Today is White House Day. The cornerstone to the White House was laid on this date in 1792. Designed by James Hoban, the presidential residence was constructed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest in Washington, DC. President John Adams and his family moved in in November 1800.
     • Today is National Yorkshire Pudding Day.
     • Today is Newspaper Carrier Day.
     • Today is U.S. Navy Day, marking legislation creating the Navy passed on October 13, 1775.
     • The Fireant Festival begins today in Marshall, Texas..
    • Today is Be Bald and Be Free Day, a day to go shiny and be proud (Tom & Ruth Roy, 717-279-0184).
     • Today is Grandmothers Day in Florida.
     • Today is National Frump Day, honoring frugal, responsible, unpretentious, mature people everywhere. (National FRUMPS of America, Winter Park, Florida).
     • Today is Pastor Appreciation Day.
     • Today is Ride a Bicycle Somewhere Day.
     • Today is National Chocolate Covered Insect Day.
     • Today is Toronado Day. The Oldsmobile Toronado was introduced on this date in 1965.
     • Hepatitis Awareness Week, Credit Union Week, National Chestnut Week, Rainfoest Week, Teen Read Week, National Food Bank Week, and National School Lunch Week all begin today..
     • Today is National Grouch Day, a day to be grumpy, ungrateful, and cantankerous, sponsored by students and teachers at Carter Middle School in Clio, Michigan.
     • Today is National Mushroom Day.
     • Tonight is Dine with TV Dinners on the Floor Night.
     • Today is White Cane Safety Day.
     • Today is National Roast Pheasant Day.
     • Freedom from National Health Education Week, National Business Women's Week, and Freedom from Bullies Week begin today.
     • Today is Dictionary Day, always on the birthday of Noah Webster.
     • Today is National Boss Day, a time to honor bosses.

     • Today is National Throw Up at the Fair Day.
     • Today is National Clean Your Bug Zapper Day.
     • Today is World Food Day and the beginning of National Food Bank Week.
     • Today is Reptile Awareness Day.
     • Today is National Heroes Day in Jamaica.
     • Today is International Poverty Eradication Day, sponsored by the United Nations.
     • Today is Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence. Students across America are asked to voluntarily sign a Pledge Against Gun Violence (pledge.org).
     • Today is National Pasta Day.
     • Today is Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day.
     • Today is Mulligan Day, a day to give yourself or someone else a second chance, a day for a do-over.
     • Today is Paint a Mural on a Sidewalk Day.
     • Today is Work on Your Charisma Day.
     • Today is the Feast Day of St. Luke, the physician and Apostle. Legend says he painted portraits of Jesus and of Mary.
     • Today is Persons Day in Canada [see 1929 below].
     • Today is Get Smart About Credit Day..
     • Today is World Menopause Day.
     • Today is Alaska Day, anniversary of the 1867 transfer of Alaska from Russia to the U.S.
     • Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.
     • The 4-day Biketoberfest begins today in Daytona Beach, Florida   (biketoberfest.org).
     • Today is Shel Silverstein Day, marking his birth on this date in 1932. He is best known for poetry, including A Light in the Attic, The Giving Tree, and Where the Sidewalk Ends. He also wrote "The Unicorn Song" and "A Boy Named Sue." He died in 1999.
     • Today is Independence Day in Azerbaijan.
     • Today is Make A Scarecrow Day, sponsored by the Scarecrow Art Appreciation Society.
     • Today is National Mammography Day.
     • Today is Yorktown Day: "America's Real Independence Day," in Yorktown, Virginia, celebrating the victory on this date in 1781 that assured American independence.
     • Today is Evaluate Your Life Day.
     • Today is National Seafood Bisque Day.
     • Today is Greasy Spoon Day, a time to remember your favorite place to eat back in the "good old days." Is it still in business?
    • Today is National Change Your Oil Day.
    • Today is Sweetest Day. In about 1922, Herb Kingston, working for a candy company in Cleveland, Ohio, organized a day to deliver candy to the sick, shut-ins, and orphans in the city. Today's a great day to do something nice for someone.
    • Today is the 28th annual Bridge Day in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Some 250,000 people will watch up to 500 BASE jumpers leap 876 feet off the New River Gorge Bridge, North America's longest single span bridge (officialbridgeday.com). BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span (the word used for a bridge), and Earth. BASE Jumping is the world's most extreme sport, and Bridge Day is the world's largest extreme sports event.
    • Today is International Juan Valdez Appreciation Day.
    • The annual Woolly Worm Races are today in Banner Elk, North Carolina.
    • Today is Miss American Rose Day, a day to treat the women in your life like beautiful American roses.
    • Today is Revolution Day in Guatemala.
    • Today is Humble Yourself By Having Your Picture Made Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Day.
     • Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.

     • Today is Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day.
     • YWCA Week Without Violence begins today (ywca.org).
     • Kids Care Week begins today, recognizing the power of children to reach out and help others (kidscare.org).
     • National Character Counts Week, Chemistry Week, Forest Products Week, Pastoral Care Week, and National School Bus Safety Week begin today.
     • Today is Take Time to Stop and Watch the Sunset Day.
     • Today is International Stuttering Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Stuttering Association (nsastutter.org)
     • Today is National Pumpkin Slush Day.
     • Today is National Color Day, a day to consider how color affects you, color in clothes, color in names, color in everything (namecolorology.com).
     • Today is Eat a Pretzel Day.
     • Today is National Nut Day.
     • Today is World's End Day. According to religious leader William Miller, the world will end on this date in 1844.
     • Today is Independence Day in Zambia.
     • Today is TV Talk Show Host Day, sponsored by the Blue Collar Show in Brooklyn.
     • Today is Celebrate Job Loss Week, to focus on a plan to celebrate and move on after getting fired or laid off.
     • Traditionally, the swallows leave Capistrano today.

     • Today is National Boston Cream Pie Day.
     • Today is National Mole Day in the U.S. and Chulalongkorn Day in Thailand. It's also Independence Day in Zambia, and Peace Treaty Day in Cambodia.

     • Disarmament Week begins today, sponsored by the United Nations.
     • Today is United Nations Day, by presidential proclamation. The UN was founded on this date in 1945.

     • Today is National Bologna Day.
     • Today is Lung Health day (lungclinic.info).
     • Today is Share a Pop-Tart with Someone You Love Day.
     • Today is Go For a Ride ON Something Day, a horse, a bicycle, anything.
     • Today is National Greasy Foods Day.
     • Today is Sourest Day, a day for sour people.
     • Today is Say "Hey" Day.
     • Today is Punk for A Day Day, a special day for all punk pretenders, sometimes called punkocrits.
     • Today is Minnie Pearl Day and Picasso Day, marking the comedian's birth in 1912 and the painter's in 1881.
     • Today is St. Crispin's Day, Crispin and his brother Crispian are the patron saints of shoemakers.
     • International Magic Week begins today.
     • Today is St. Elsewhere Day, marking the premier of the TV show on this day in 1982. It starred Ed Flanders, William Daniels, Ed Begley, Jr., David Morse, Denzel Washington, Christina Pickles, Howie Mandel, Alfre Woodard, and Mark Harmon.
     • Today is Frankenstein Friday, a day to honor the "mother" and "father" of Frankenstein, writer Mary Shelley and actor Boris Karloff.
     • Today is National Mincemeat Day.
     • Today is Mule Day, marking importation of the first Spanish jacks to the U.S., a gift from King Charles III of Spain, on October 26, 1785.
     • Today is Workaholic Stop and Smell Something Day, a day for workaholics to consider what they might be missing.
     • Today is Cranky Co-Workers Day, a day to encourage crankiness at work (wellcat.com).
     • Today is Make a Difference Day, a national day of community service sponsored by USA Weekend magazine.
     • Today in Bring Your Jack-O-Lantern to Work Day.
     • Today is National Potato Day.
     • Today is Boxer Shorts Day.
     • Today is Radio Day, marking issuance of the first radio broadcast license by the U.S. Commerce Department on this date in 1920 to Westinghouse for station KDKA in Pittsburgh. KDKA starting broadcasting a week later.
     • Today is Navy Day, observed since 1922 on the birthdate of  Theodore Roosevelt.
     • Today is Independence Day in Turkmenistan
     • Today is St. Jude’s Day, honoring a follower of Jesus, who also may have been Jesus’ brother. In The New Testament Jude warned Christians not to allow negative influences to destroy the church.
     • Today is Mother-in-Law Day, honor the wonderful ladies who endure all those bad jokes.
     • Today is Part Your Hair Crooked Just To See If Anyone Will Say Anything About It Day.
     • Today is Statue of Liberty Day, marking the 1886 dedication of the statue, a gift from France to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
     • Today is Flying Baby Day. On this date in 1929, Mrs. T. W. Evans gave birth to a baby in an airplane over Miami, the first baby born in an airplane.
     • Today is National Chocolate Day.
     • Today is Independence Day in the Czech Republic.
     • Today is Ochi Day in Greece. "Ochi" means "no," the Greek response to Mussolini's troops in 1940, backed up by fierce resistance
     • Today is Laugh A Lot Suddenly For No Reason Day.
     • Today is Internet Day, marking the first connection on what would become the Internet between computers at UCLA and Stanford Research Center in California on October 29, 1969.

     • Today is National Disgusting Little Pumpkin-Shaped Candies Day.
     • Today is National Oatmeal Day.
     • Today is Republic Day in Turkey. The Republic was founded on this date in 1923.
     • Give Wildlife a Brake! Week begins today.
     • Today is Labor Day  in New Zealand.
• Today is National Candy Corn Day.

     • Today is National Buy a Doughnut Day
     • Tonight is Look in the Back of Your Refrigerator Night, also called Haunted Refrigerator Night (wellcat.com).
     • Today is Create a Great Funeral Day. It's more fun when you do it in advance.
     • Today is Try On Your Halloween Costume Early Day. Go ahead, see how cool or goofy you look.
     • Tonight is Practice Winter Snuggling Night. On cold nights this winter, you'll be glad you did.
     • Today is Halloween, an out-growth of combining an ancient Druid harvest festival and Christian harvest customs.
     • The annual Monster Mash is tonight in Covington, Louisiana.   Today is National Knock Knock Day, a time for your best knock knock jokes.
     • Today is Scare a Friend Day, a time for innocent fun by watching a scary movie or visiting a haunted house.
     • Today is Books for Treats Day. Give gently read books to kids instead of candy  (BooksForTreats.org).
     • Today is National Knock-Knock Day, a day for kids of all ages to try out their knock-knock jokes.
     • Today is National Caramel Apple Day.
     • Today is Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day.
     • Today is National Magic Day, observed on the date of Harry Houdini's death in 1926.
     • Today is National UNICEF Day, a day for everyone to learn more about the United Nations Children's Fund.

Happy celebrations! May you find God in each one.


Copyright ©2007 by Joe Hickman