It was the eighth month in the old Roman calendar. October got its name from the latin word 'Octo' meaning eight.
October's birthstone is the opal.
For Anglo-Saxons it was known by Winterfylleth (Winter full moon), and Wyn Monath which meant wine month.
October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and has 31 days.
In the nineteenth century, the month of October was dedicated to the devotion of the rosary in Roman Catholic countries.
Its birth flower is the calendula. (left picture).
More American Presidents were born in the month of October than any other month. They were John Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter.
In the USA it is the month for National Filipino American History, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender History, National Breast Cancer Awareness and National Arts & Humanities.
This month is World Blindness Awareness Month.
October ends on the same day of the week as February every year.