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October 1: Unification Day in Cameroon (1961); Independence Day in Tuvalu (1978)

Aerial view of Stanford University
Aerial view of Stanford University

Frans Floris (d. 1570) · Duncan Edwards (b. 1936) · Brie Larson (b. 1989)

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October 2: International Day of Non-Violence; Gandhi Jayanti in India

HMS Curacoa
HMS Curacoa

Augustus Keppel (d. 1786) · Wallace Stevens (b. 1879) · Lal Bahadur Shastri (b. 1904)

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October 3

Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg

Pierre Bonnard (b. 1867) · Sophie Treadwell (b. 1885) · Olivia Shakespear (d. 1938)

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October 4: Cinnamon Roll Day in Sweden

Replica of Sputnik 1
Replica of Sputnik 1

Charles Pearson (b. 1793) · Lucy Tayiah Eads (b. 1888) · Carl Josef Bayer (d. 1904)

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October 5

Jarrow marchers with Ellen Wilkinson
Jarrow marchers with Ellen Wilkinson

Catherine Cooper Hopley (b. 1817) · Guido von List (b. 1848) · Bill Willis (b. 1921)

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October 6: German-American Day in the United States

The Jazz Singer theatrical poster
The Jazz Singer theatrical poster

Wenceslaus III of Bohemia (b. 1289) · Karol Szymanowski (b. 1882) · Hattie Jacques (d. 1980)

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October 7

Model T production at the Highland Park Ford Plant
Model T production at the Highland Park Ford Plant

Stanisław Żółkiewski (d. 1620) · Harold Geiger (b. 1884) · Charlotte Perrelli (b. 1974)

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October 8: Vijayadashami (Hinduism, 2019); Independence Day in Croatia (1991)

The Great Chicago Fire
The Great Chicago Fire

John Hancock (d. 1793) · Mark Oliphant (b. 1901) · Kiichi Miyazawa (b. 1919)

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October 9: Leif Erikson Day

A 2009 performance of The Phantom of the Opera
A 2009 performance of The Phantom of the Opera

Edward Bok (b. 1863) · Ivo Andrić (b. 1892) · John Lennon (b. 1940)

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October 10

Yoshinori Sakai on his way to light the Olympic cauldron
Yoshinori Sakai on his way to light the Olympic cauldron

Blanche Lazzell (b. 1878) · Adolphus Busch (d. 1913) · Rekha (b. 1954)

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October 11: Feast day of James the Deacon (Church of England); National Coming Out Day (international)

Bashir Shihab II
Bashir Shihab II

Maria James (b. 1793) · Amitabh Bachchan (b. 1942) · Werner von Trapp (d. 2007)

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October 12: National Day in Spain (1492)

Pervez Musharraf
Pervez Musharraf

Nicholas Brend (d. 1601) · Kamini Roy (b. 1864) · Wilt Chamberlain (d. 1999)

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October 13

Templar knights being burned at the stake
Templar knights being burned at the stake

Rudolf Virchow (b. 1821) · Jackie Ronne (b. 1919) · Jamal Khashoggi (b. 1958)

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October 14: First day of Sukkot (Judaism, 2019); Thanksgiving in Canada (2019); Defender of Ukraine Day

Erwin Rommel
Erwin Rommel

Joseph Plateau (b. 1801) · Jessie Bonstelle (d. 1932) · Julius Nyerere (d. 1999)

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October 15

Demonstrators in Madrid, 2011
Demonstrators in Madrid, 2011

P. G. Wodehouse (b. 1881) · Hiram Fong (b. 1906) · Aydın Sayılı (d. 1993)

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October 16

Mushroom cloud of the Project 596 test
Mushroom cloud of the Project 596 test

John Cook (d. 1660) · Kathleen Winsor (b. 1919) · Tessa Munt (b. 1959)

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October 17: Dessalines Day in Haiti (1806)

Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence
Nativity with St. Francis
and St. Lawrence

Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke (d. 1781) · Childe Hassam (b. 1859) · Chuka Umunna (b. 1978)

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

Scene from Moby-Dick
Scene from Moby-Dick

Anna Jagiellon (b. 1523) · Isaac Jogues (d. 1646) · Christine Murrell (b. 1874; d. 1933)

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October 19: Arba'een / Arba'een Pilgrimage (Shia Islam, 2019)

John Juvenal Ancina (b. 1545) · Peter Aduja (b. 1920) · Edna St. Vincent Millay (d. 1950)

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October 20

Pope Pius XII
Pope Pius XII

Ralph d'Escures (d. 1122) · James Chadwick (b. 1891) · Chen Liting (b. 1910)

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October 21: Shemini Atzeret (Judaism, 2019)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Henry Lawes (d. 1662) · Georg Solti (b. 1912)  · Dorothy Hale (d. 1938)

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October 22: International Stuttering Awareness Day

Hubert Pierlot
Hubert Pierlot

Johann Reinhold Forster (b. 1729) · Charles Scott (d. 1813) · Hannah Mitchell (d. 1956)

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October 23: Mole Day

Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis
Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis

John Heisman (b. 1869) · Douglas Jardine (b. 1900) · Daniel Wildenstein (d. 2001)

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October 24

William Prynne (d. 1669) · Sarah Josepha Hale (b. 1788) · Lakshmi Sahgal (b. 1914)

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October 25: Diwali begins in India (2019)

Charge of the Light Brigade
Charge of the Light Brigade

Ya'qub ibn al-Layth al-Saffar (b. 840) · Grace Banker (b. 1892) · Katy Perry (b. 1984)

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October 26

Chicago Theatre
Chicago Theatre

John Basset (b. 1518) · William T. Anderson (d. 1864) · Oro (d. 1993)

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October 27

Ayub Khan
Ayub Khan

Mary Sidney (b. 1561) · Robert Hubert (d. 1666) · Judy LaMarsh (d. 1980)

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October 28: Feast day of Jude the Apostle (Western Christianity)

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

Ibas of Edessa (d. 457) · Marie of the Incarnation (b. 1599) · Francis Bacon (b. 1909)

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October 29: Twin Holy Birthdays begin (Bahá'í Faith, 2019); Republic Day in Turkey (1923)

Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Walter Raleigh

Marie of Romania (b. 1875) · Diana Serra Cary (b. 1918) · Albert Benjamin Simpson (d.  1919)

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October 30: Mischief Night in some areas of the United States

George I of Greece
George I of Greece

André Chénier (b. 1762) · William H. Webb (d. 1899) · Florence Nagle (d. 1988)

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October 31: Halloween

Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi

Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1723) · Marie Louise Andrews (b. 1849) · Muriel Duckworth (b. 1908)

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