Since we are now well into October, I thought it would be cool to examine a few funky facts about the Octo (meaning "eight") month. Like just why is October the 10th month and not the 8th (Octo) month?
The ancient Romans did place October as their eighth month, after July and August (named for Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar, respectively).
- September from 7th
- October from 8th
- November from 9th
- December from 10th
But in 1582, the Gregorian calendar came into force, which added two months to the old 10-month Roman calendar, and thus, all months got bumped up two spots. The Roman calendar originally looked like this:
Calendar of Romulus
- Martius (31 days)
- Aprilis (30 days)
- Maius (31 days)
- Lunius (30 days)
- Quintilis (31 days)
- Sextilis (30 days)
- September (30 days)
- October(31 days)
- November (30 days)
- December (30 days)
While the Gregorian Calendar looks like this:
No. Name Days
1 January 31
2 February 28 or 29
3 March 31
4 April 30
5 May 31
6 June 30
7 July 31
8 August 31
9 September 30
10 October 31
11 November 30
12 December 31
On a random note, check out some of these fun, historical facts that all took place in the month of October.
- Free rural delivery of mail began in the United States, October 1, 1896.
- The first Model T Ford was offered for sale on October 1, 1908.
- The US White House cornerstone was laid on October 13, 1792.
- The American poet, E. E. Cummings was born October 14, 1894.
- Philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, was born October 15, 1844.
- Irish-born writer/poet/dramatist, Oscar Wilde, was born October 16, 1854.
- Thomas Edison began the first successful demonstration of his electric light on October 19, 1879.
- S.O.S. was established as an international distress signal on October 3, 1906.
- East and West Germany re-united and became one country on October 3, 1990.
- Orville Wright became the first to fly an aircraft for over 33 minutes on October 4, 1905.
- Photographic film patented on October 14, 1884.
- Winnie-the-Pooh was first published. Written by A.A. Milne (1882-1956) on October 14, 1926.