Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Oct 1 all-day

Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created in 1958 to raise awareness of breast cancer to to encourage early detection.

Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Oct 1 all-day

share something positive about the disease and the diet with friends and neighbors; meet with your local grocery store manager about the importance of the availability of gluten-free options

Data Backup Day
Oct 1 all-day

Data Backup Day On the first day of each month, the genealogy community is urged to back up their genealogy data and all computer data.


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Family History Month
Oct 1 all-day

Each October is Family History Month in the United States.

Gay and Lesbian History Month
Oct 1 all-day

October was selected to commemorate the first two lesbian and gay marches on Washington in October 1979 and 1987.

German-American Heritage Month
Oct 1 all-day

A month celebrating Americas German heritage. Numerous historical programs, museum and library exhibits, cultural events, genealogicalworkshops and more planned.

Levittown Opens – Anniversary
Oct 1 all-day

Oct 1, 1947. On this date the first residents moved into what would become Levittown at Long Island, NY. The community developed by William Levitt and his brother Alfred with their father, Abraham, started as affordable rental houses built for returning WWII veterans. In 1948 the Levitts began to sell the 800-square-foot homes for less than $ 8,000. By 1951, when this first community was finished, the Levitts had built 17,447 mass-produced Cape Cod and ranch homes. In 1952, they started constructionon a new Levittown in Bucks County, PA, where they built another 17,000houses, and beginning in 1958, they built 12,000 homes in Willingboro,NJ.

Polish-American Heritage Month
Oct 1 all-day

A national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride, in cooperation with the Polish-American Congress and Polonia Across America.

‘The Twilight Zone’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

Oct 2, 1959. The Twilight Zone went on the air with these now-familiar words: There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of mans fear and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone. The anthology program ran five seasons for 154 installments, with a one-year hiatus between the third and fourth seasons. Created and hosted by Rod Serling, it is now considered to have been one of the best dramas to appear on television. The last original episode was telecast June 15, 1964.

Groucho Marx’s Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

Born Julius Henry Marx at New York, NY. Comedian who along with his brothers constituted the famous Marx Brothers. The Marx Brothers began as a singing group and then acted in such movies as Duck Soup and Animal Crackers. During the 40s and 50s, Groucho was the host of the televisionand radio show You Bet Your Life. Died at Los Angeles, CA, Aug 19, 1977.

Guardian Angels Day
Oct 2 all-day

We all have guardian angels. Nows the time to give them recognition and thanks for being in our lives with their own day. Take the time today to find out how theyve played a unique role in our lives, as well asin various cultures, religions and even foods. Celebrate today by doing something special to recognize their qualities.

Mohandas Gandhi’s Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

The Indian political and spiritual leader who achieved world honor and fame for his advocacy of nonviolent resistance as a weapon against tyranny was born at Porbandar, India. He was assassinated in the garden ofhis home at New Delhi, Jan 30, 1948. On the anniversary of Gandhis birth (Gandhi Jayanti) thousands gather at the park on the Jumna River at Delhiwhere Gandhis body was cremated. Hymns are sung; verses from the Gita, the Koran and the Bible are recited; and cotton thread is spun on small spinning wheels (one of Gandhis favorite activities).

Peanuts Debut – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

In 1950, this comic strip by Charles Schulz featured Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally and Charlies dog, Snoopy. The last new Peanuts strip was published Feb 13, 2000.

Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown)
Oct 2 all-day

The Jewish New Year – marking year 5777 – begins at sundown.

Thurgood Marshall Sworn In To US Supreme Court – Anniversary
Oct 2 all-day

On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black associate justice to the US Supreme Court. On June 27, 1991, he announced his resignation, effective upon the confirmation of his successor.

‘Captain Kangaroo’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 3 all-day

Captain Kangaroo Oct 3, 1955. On the air until 1985, this was the longest-running children’s TV show until it was surpassed by Sesame Street. Starring Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo, it was broadcast on CBS and PBS. Other characters included Mr Green Jeans, Grandfather Clock, Bunny Rabbit, Mr Moose and Dancing Bear. Keeshan was an advocate for excellence in children’s programming and even supervised which commercials would appear on the program.



Image: Promotional postcard by The Kellogg Company. Kellogg’s was one of the program’s sponsors. Public Domain, located via

‘Mickey Mouse Club’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 3 all-day

Oct 3, 1955. This afternoon show for children was on ABC. Among its young cast members were Mouseketeers Annette Funicello and Shelley Fabares. A later version, The New Mickey Mouse Club, starred Keri Russell, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.

Image: Public Domain,  original copyright  TV Radio Mirror

German Reunification – Anniversary
Oct 3 all-day

Oct 3, 1990. After 45 years of division, East and West Germany reunited just four days short of East Germany’s 41st founding anniversary (Oct 7, 1949). The new united Germany took the name the Federal Republic of Germany, the formal name of the former West Germany, and adopted the constitution of the former West Germany. Today is a national holiday in Germany, Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity).

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-1003-400 / Grimm, Peer / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Saint Francis of Assisi Feast Day
Oct 3 all-day

Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Friars Minor (Franciscan Order) died on 3 October 1226 at Porziuncula, Italy.

Image: Jan van Eyck, Saint Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Public Domain

‘Dick Tracy’ Cartoon Debuts – Anniversary
Oct 4 all-day

Oct 4, 1931. Square-jawed detective Dick Tracy made his comic strip debut in the Detroit Daily Mirror in Plainclothes Tracy.


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‘Leave It To Beaver’ Television Debut – Anniversary
Oct 4 all-day

Oct 4, 1957. This family sitcom was a stereotypical portrayal of American family life. It focused on Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) and his family: his patient, understanding and all-knowing father, Ward (Hugh Beaumont); impeccably dressed housewife and mother, June (Barbara Billingsley); and Wally (Tony Dow), Beavers good-natured, all-American older brother. The perfectness of the Cleaver family was balanced by other, less-than-perfect characters played by Ken Osmond, Frank Bank, Richard Deacon, Diane Brewster, Sue Randall, Rusty Stevens and Madge Blake. The last episode aired Sept 12, 1963. Leave It to Beaver remained popular in reruns.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Charlton Heston’s Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 4 all-day

Charlton-Heston Oct 4, 1923. Born at Evanston, IL, the handsome, resolute Heston won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Moses in the 1956 Hollywood epic The Ten Commandments. Over a career that spanned six decades, his credits include Ben-Hur, Touch of Evil, Will Penny and Planet of the Apes. Heston died Apr 5, 2008, at Beverly Hills, CA.

Image: WikiMediaCommons

Edward L. Stratemeyer’s Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 4 all-day

Oct 4, 1862. American author of children’s books, Stratemeyer was born at Elizabeth, NJ. He created numerous series of popular children’s books, including The Bobbsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Tom Swift, hiring ghostwriters to work from his outlines. He and his Stratemeyer Syndicate, using 60 or more pen names, produced more than 1,300 books, selling more than 200 million copies. Stratemeyer died at Newark, NJ, May 10, 1930, but his daughters continued his legacy of essentially mass-produced literature until 1982.

Image: Public Domain, Stratemeyer Syndicate

Jonathan Edwards’ Birthday – Anniversary
Oct 5 all-day

Oct 5, 1703.  Jonathan Edwards, famed theologian and leader of the Great Awakening, the religious revival in the colonies, was born at East Windsor, CT. His Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God is the most famous sermon in American history. He later became president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Edwards died at Princeton, NJ, Mar 22, 1758, when he contracted smallpox from an inoculation.

Image: Public Domain, engraving by R Babson & J Andrews (1855) 

Monty Python’s Flying Circus Debuts – Anniversary
Oct 5 all-day

“Cupid’s foot” often featured in Monty Python’s Flying Circus opening credits (along with rude sound effects). Foot based on Cupid’s foot in Agnolo Bronzino’s Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time. Image in public domain.

Oct 5, 1969. This wacky comedy series debuted on BBC-1 in Great Britain and aired until 1974. The cast was made up of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and American Terry Gilliam. John Philip Sousas Liberty Bell March got the show started, and viewers were treated to surreal animation and such skits as The Spanish Inquisition and The Ministry of Silly Walks. On Oct 6, 1974, Monty Pythons Flying Circus began airing in the US. The cast members also made four films together.



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