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

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30
Truman Capote born (1924)
The Hoover Dam dedicated by FDR (1935)
Also try: hydroelectricity
1
National Bullying Prevention Month
Also try: cyberbullying
Nazi leaders are sentenced at the Nuremberg Trials (1946)
Also try: Holocaust, war crimes
Yosemite National Park established by US Congress (1890)
Also try: sequoia forest
World Habitat Day
2
World Farm Animals Day
Also try: cows, horses, chickens, pigs
International Day of Non-Violence
3
4
Construction begins on Mount Rushmore (1927)
Also try: national monuments
USSR launches Sputnik I (1957)
Also try: Space Race
5
The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) debuts (1970)
Also try: PBS
6
Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture (1889)
7
Far side of the moon first observed by Luna 3 (1959)
Hua Guofeng becomes Mao Zedong's successor as chairman of Communist Party of China (1976)
Also try: Mao Zedong
8
The Great Chicago Fire starts (1871)
Also try: fire safety
9
The most recent supernova observed in the Milky Way (1604)
Also try: Milky Way
10
International Walk to School Day
Also try: physical fitness
Metric system conceived (1796)
Also try: measurement
11
Eleanor Roosevelt born (1884)
Also try: first ladies
Second Boer War begins (1899)
Also try: South Africa
12
Columbus lands in the Bahamas (1492)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy published (1979)
Also try: science fiction
13
George Washington lays White House cornerstone (1792)
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)
Also try: Nelson Mandela
16
John Brown leads raid on Harpers Ferry (1859)
Also try: John Brown
Noah Webster born (1758)
Also try: dictionary
17
National Fossil Day
Also try: archaeology, dinosaurs
US Department of Education created (1979)
Also try: public education
Black Poetry Day
18
Moby Dick published (1851)
19
Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown, Revolutionary War ends (1781)
Saddam Hussein goes on trial for crimes against humanity (2005)
20
US 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)
Ferdinand Magellan discovers Strait of Magellan (1520)
Also try: Strait of Magellan
National Reptile Awareness Day
Also try: turtles, lizards, snakes
22
Jean-Paul Sartre awarded Nobel Prize for Literature, but turns it down (1964)
Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus (1975)
23
Women's Suffrage March in New York City (1915)
24
Annie Edson Taylor becomes first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (1901)
Also try: waterfalls
25
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
28
Statue of Liberty dedicated (1886)
29
First ARPANET link established, the Internet (1969)
Stock Market crashes, "Black Tuesday" (1929)
30
John Adams born (1735)
Also try: US presidents
War of the Worlds radio broadcast (1938)
Also try: H.G. Wells
31
Seven Billion Day: global population reaches 7,000,000,000 (2011)
Also try: population growth
1
Native American Heritage Month begins
Also try: heritage, ancestors
European Union comes into existence (1993)
Also try: Europe
2
James Polk born (1795)
Also try: US presidents
Warren G. Harding born (1865) and elected president (1920)
Also try: US presidents
3
Chevrolet Motor Car Company incoporated (1911)
Linus Pauling wins Nobe Prize in Chemistry (1954)

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