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Facts, Figures, & Folklore About the Month of October

Did you know that the month of October is named after the Latin word "octo", meaning eight?

While October is the tenth month of the Gregorian calendar, it was the eighth month of the old Roman calendar. Historically, the year started in March, but when January and February were added in, October kept its name.

Did you know that there are two birthstones for the month of October?

The transparent tourmaline and the opaque opal. The Roman Senator Nonius preferred exile over surrendering one of the flecked opals to Mark Antony.

Did you know that October marks the conclusion of the grape harvests?

The ancient Saxons used to call October Wyn Monath, since it was the time of wine making.

Did you know that October is Apple Month in the United States?

With the conclusion of the apple harvest, many families enjoy visiting apple orchards in the fall to pick their own apples and sample homemade cider. October is also Fire Prevention Month, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Stamp Collecting Month and Sarcastic Awareness Month (no, we're not being sarcastic!)

Did you know that former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11th?

The First Lady was the niece of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, who also had an October birthday (October 27th). Other former presidents with October birthdays include John Adams (October 30th) and Jimmy Carter (October 1st).

Did you know that Canadian Thanksgiving and Halloween are both celebrated in October?

These fall holidays are rich in symbols of the season, including the pumpkin -- a gourd harvested throughout the autumn months.

Did you know that the first World Series Baseball Game was played on October 1, 1903?

Since the best-of-seven series always takes place in October, many refer to it as the Fall Classic.

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