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October 1: National Day in China (1949); Unification Day in Cameroon (1961); Independence Day in Nigeria (1960), Palau (1994), and Tuvalu (1978); Filipino American History Month begins in the United States

Aerial view of Stanford University
Aerial view of Stanford University

Henry III of England (b. 1207) · Helen Mayo (b. 1878)

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October 2: International Day of Non-Violence; Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) begins at sunset (2016, AM 5777); Gandhi Jayanti in India

Jacques Cartier
Jacques Cartier

Richard III of England (b. 1452) · Ayumi Hamasaki (b. 1978)

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October 3: Islamic New Year (2016, 1438 AH); German Unity Day; National Day in Iraq (1932); National Foundation Day in South Korea

Boris III of Bulgaria
Boris III of Bulgaria

Francis of Assisi (d. 1226) · Olivia Shakespear (d. 1938) ·

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October 4: Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (Catholicism)

InterCity 125 train
InterCity 125 train

Rembrandt (d. 1669) · Agneta Matthes (b. 1847) ·

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October 5: Fast of Gedalia (Judaism, 2016); Republic Day in Portugal (1910)

Women's March on Versailles
Women's March on Versailles

Denis Diderot (b. 1713) ·

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October 6

Eleftherios Venizelos
Eleftherios Venizelos

Charles Stewart Parnell (d. 1891) · Alfred, Lord Tennyson (d. 1892) · Hattie Jacques (d. 1980)

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October 7: Feast day of St. Osyth

Anna Politkovskaya
Anna Politkovskaya

Marie Lloyd (d. 1922) · Ulrike Meinhof (b. 1934) ·

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October 8: Independence Day in Croatia (1991)

Wreckage from the Harrow and Wealdstone train crash
Wreckage from the Harrow and Wealdstone train crash

Ellen Wilkinson (b. 1891) ·

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October 9: Hangul Day in South Korea (1446); Leif Erikson Day in the United States

The words Chosŏn'gŭl and Hangul written in Hangul
The words Chosŏn'gŭl and Hangul written in Hangul

Fanny Imlay (d. 1816) · Camille Saint-Saëns (b. 1835) · Rockin' Robin (b. 1964) · Mona Best (d. 1988)

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October 10: Day of Tasu'a (Islam, 2016); Thanksgiving in Canada (2016); National Day in Fiji (1970) and Taiwan (1911); Health and Sports Day in Japan (2016); Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day in the United States (2016)

Triton, moon of Neptune
Triton, moon of Neptune

Beatriz Michelena (d. 1942) · Priaulx Rainier (d. 1986)

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October 11: National Coming Out Day (international); Yom Kippur begins at sunset (Judaism, 2016)

Apollo 7 launch
Apollo 7 launch

María Teresa Ferrari (b. 1887) ·

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October 12: Day of Ashura (Islam, 2016); Our Lady Aparecida's Day in Brazil; Independence Day in Equatorial Guinea (1968); National Day in Spain (1492)

Werner von Siemens
Werner von Siemens

Edward VI of England (b. 1537) · Sonja Henie (d. 1969) ·

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October 13

Paddington Bear
Paddington Bear

Lillie Langtry (b. 1853) ·

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October 14: Defender of Ukraine Day

B. R. Ambedkar
B. R. Ambedkar

Éamon de Valera (b. 1882) ·

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October 15: Global Handwashing Day

Air India Boeing 747
Air India Boeing 747

Friedrich Nietzsche (b. 1844) · Elizabeth Alexander (b. 1908)

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October 16: Sukkot begins at sunset (Judaism, 2016)

Margaret Sanger
Margaret Sanger

Oscar Wilde (b. 1854) ·

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October 17: Dessalines Day in Haiti (1806)

Kepler's Supernova
Kepler's Supernova

Dami Im (b. 1988) · Laura Secord (d. 1868)

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October 18: Feast day of Saint Luke; Independence Day in Azerbaijan (1991); Alaska Day (1867)

Regency TR-1 transistor radio
Regency TR-1 transistor radio

Prince Eugene of Savoy (b. 1663) · Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (d. 1865) · Charles Babbage (d. 1871) · Violeta Chamorro (b. 1929)

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October 19: Mother Teresa Day in Albania

Ferdinand and Isabella
Ferdinand and Isabella

Thomas Browne (b. 1605, d. 1682) · Jonathan Swift (d. 1745)

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October 20

Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi

Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1740) · Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (b. 1784)

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October 21: Trafalgar Day in various Commonwealth countries

Overture, can-can section

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (b. 1772) · Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (d. 1805) · Judy Sheindlin (b. 1942)

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October 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day

Hubert Pierlot
Hubert Pierlot

Franz Liszt (b. 1811) · Nadia Boulanger (d. 1979) ·

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October 23: Shemini Atzeret begins at sunset (Judaism, 2016); National Day in Hungary (1956); Mole Day

Claude François de Malet
Claude François de Malet

Clarice Cliff (d. 1972) · Annabel Breuer (b. 1992) ·

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October 24: United Nations Day (1945); Labour Day in New Zealand (2016); Independence Day in Zambia (1964)

Domitian (b. 51) · Letitia Woods Brown (b. 1915)

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October 25: Retrocession Day in Taiwan (1945)

The Hartog Plate (replica)
The Hartog Plate (replica)

Geoffrey Chaucer (d. 1400) · George II of Great Britain (d. 1760) · Thomas Babington Macaulay (b. 1800) · Nancy Cartwright (b. 1957)

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October 26: National Day in Austria (1955)

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (d. 1902) · Hillary Clinton (b. 1947)

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October 27: Tihar/Swanti begin (Nepalese calendar, 2016); Independence Day in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1979) and Turkmenistan (1991)

City Hall station, New York City Subway
City Hall station, New York City Subway

Æthelstan (d. 939) · Sylvia Plath (b. 1932) · Zoya Phan (b. 1980) ·

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October 28: Feast days of Simon the Zealot and Jude the Apostle (Western Christianity)

Prospero satellite
Prospero satellite

John Locke (d. 1704) · Aki Toyosaki (b. 1986) · Ted Hughes (d. 1998)

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October 29: Diwali in South India (2016); Republic Day in Turkey (1923)

Mount Hood, Oregon
Mount Hood, Oregon

Narcisa de Jesús (b. 1832) ·

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October 30: Diwali (Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism, 2016); Mischief Night in some areas of the United States

Henry VII of England
Henry VII of England

Adelaide Anne Procter (b. 1825)

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October 31: Halloween; Samhain begins (Northern Hemisphere); Beltane begins (Southern Hemisphere); Reformation Day (Protestantism)

Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini

John Keats (b. 1795) · Natalie Clifford Barney (b. 1876) ·

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