Fun Li’l facts series – 13 Facts about October the Month with the Oktoberfest!


October is the 10th month of the year, but it wasn't always this way. It was previously the 8th month before January and February were inserted into the calendar. In the north, it brings the beautiful season of fall and in the south, it marks the beginning of spring! And it has the biggest booze party the Oktoberfest!


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1. Named after…




Its name is derived from the latin term for 8, octō before it became the 10th month upon the insertion of January and February and assumed the 10th position.




2. Birthstones are…




Opal and tourmaline are the birthstones for the people that are born in this month. Both these precious stones open up a great deal choice according to personal taste, as the comes in different colors and patterns.





3. Stanford was opened




Although not an ivy league school Standford is in a league of its own. The prestigious university opened its doors to students on October 1, 1891.




4. Cartoon Network & Animal Planet were born!





Two of the most popular TV channels for kids all around the world, one being a cartoon channel and the other an infotainment channel that tracks and studies animals, started operations on October 1, 1992 & 1996 respectively.




5. Zodiac Signs





The Zodiac signs for October are:

  • Libra (September 23rd – October 22 nd)
  • Scorpio (October 23rd – November 21st )




6. The first artificial satellite was launched




The very first satellite that orbits around the Earth, Sputnik I was launched into the low Earth orbit, on October 4, 1957. 




7. Wikileaks was launched




Wikileaks is the most popular international non-profit organization that publishes secrets of the world, from anonymous tips. It was launched by Julian Assange on October 4, 2006.




8. Walt Disney company was founded!




Walter & Roy Disney, known to be one of the earliest entrepreneurs in the world, started their now mega-mass media company, Walt Disney a.k.a. Disney, on October 16, 1923.




9. BBC was started!




The world's oldest and reputed national public service broadcaster, the British Broadcasting Company or the BBC, was started on October 18, 1922.




10. Houdini's last performance





The best-known escape artist & magician the world has ever seen, Harry Houdini performed for the last time at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, on October 24, 1926. 




11. Houdini's death!




Harry Houdini suffered through his last performance on October 22 and is said to have collapsed when the curtain was dropped, midway through his show. He was then rushed to the hospital and an appendicitis surgery was performed, but that couldn't save the great escape artist. He breathed his last surrounded by his wife Bess and his brother Theodore Hardeen. 




12. Oktoberfest!




Considered to be the world's largest volksfest, that includes lots of wine, beer and traveling funfairs throughout Germany. Come October and you can visit Germany to witness this 18-day gala event.




13. Interesting traits of October borns




the October-people ar found to be highly motivated and often aim and achieve high! They are also known to be kind-hearted and attracted towards competition. Being suave individuals, they excel at being diplomatic too!



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