October Curriculum Calendar - Lesson Plan Ideas by Date

Enhance your current curriculum with this fun reference calendar. Whether you want to highlight historic events, honor birthdays of significant people, or celebrate holidays, this is a valuable tool for every teacher. Click on any event to find a breadth of related teaching resources that will spark new ideas to spice up your daily lessons. There's something worth celebrating every day!

Curriculum Calendar

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat
28
William the Conqueror invades England (1066)
Also try: Battle of Hastings
SpaceX launches first private spacecraft, the Falcon 1, into orbit (2008)
Also try: orbit, spacecraft
29
Common Program for the future People's Republic of China written (1949)
Also try: Communism
Miguel de Cervantes born (1547)
Also try: Don Quixote
30
Truman Capote born (1924)
Jack the Ripper kills third and fourth victims (1888)
Also try: London
1
Nazi leaders are sentenced at the Nuremberg Trials (1946)
Also try: Holocaust, war crimes
Yosemite National Park established by U.S. Congress (1890)
2
World Farm Animals Day
Also try: cow, horse, chicken, pig, goat
International Day of Non-Violence
3
The Treaty of Nissa signed ending the Russian-Turkish War (1739)
4
USSR launches Sputnik I (1957)
Also try: USSR, Space Race
National Astronomy Day
Also try: space exploration, NASA
5
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) founded (1970)
Also try: PBS
6
Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture (1889)
Also try: motion picture
World Habitat Day
Also try: conservation
7
Far side of the moon first observed by Luna 3 (1959)
Also try: phases of the moon
Hua Guofeng becomes Mao Zedong's successor as chairman of Communist Party of China (1976)
Also try: Communism, Mao Zedong
8
The Great Chicago Fire starts (1871)
Also try: Chicago
Stop Bullying Day
Also try: cyber bullying
9
The most recent supernova observed in the Milky Way (1604)
Also try: Milky Way
10
Metric system conceived (1796)
Also try: measurement
11
Second Boer War begins (1899)
Also try: Boer Wars
12
Columbus lands in the Bahamas (1492)
Also try: Age of Discovery
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy published (1979)
Also try: science fiction
13
George Washington lays White House cornerstone (1792)
Also try: George Washington
14
Dwight D. Eisenhower born (1890)
Also try: US Presidents
First gay rights march on Washington, DC (1979)
Also try: civil rights
15
Nelson Mandela awarded Nobel Peace Prize (1993)
National Fossil Day
16
John Brown leads raid on Harper's Ferry (1859)
Also try: Harper's Ferry
Noah Webster born (1758)
Also try: dictionary
17
US Department of Education created (1979)
Also try: public education
Black Poetry Day
18
Alaska purchased from Russia (1867)
Also try: US expansion
Moby Dick published (1851)
19
Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, Revolutionary War ends (1781)
Saddam Hussein goes on trial for crimes against humanity (2005)
20
U.S. Senate ratifies Louisiana Purchase (1803)
Also try: westward expansion
Sydney Opera House opens (1973)
Also try: opera, Australia
21
Thomas Edison unveils light bulb (1879)
Also try: Thomas Edison
Ferdinand Magellan discovers Strait of Magellan (1520)
Also try: Strait of Magellan
Reptile Awareness Day
Also try: turtles, lizards, snakes
22
Jean-Paul Sartre awarded Nobel Prize for Literature, but turns it down (1964)
Also try: existentialism
Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus (1975)
Also try: Venus
23
24
Annie Edson Taylor becomes first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (1901)
Also try: waterfalls
25
Artist Pablo Picasso born (1881)
Also try: cubism
US invades Grenada (1983)
Also try: Caribbean, Ronald Regan
26
Erie Canal opens (1825)
Hillary Clinton born (1947)
Also try: Secretary of State
27
President Theodore Roosevelt born (1858)
Also try: US Presidents
First New York City subway opens (1904)
28
Statue of Liberty dedicated (1886)
29
First ARPANET link established, the Internet (1969)
Also try: technology
Stock Market crashes, "Black Tuesday" (1929)
30
John Quincy Adams born (1735)
Also try: US Presidents
War of the Worlds broadcast (1938)
Also try: Orson Wells
31
Seven Billion Day: global population reaches 7,000,000,000 (2011)
Also try: billion
1
European Union comes into existence (1993)
Also try: Europe