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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Proclaimed by the president in 1988, activities and events meant to enhance public awareness of those with disabilities and encourage their full integration into the work force spread throughout America.

National Italian American Heritage Month
In recognition of the many achievements and contributions made to American culture by persons of Italian heritage, the president of the United States signs an executive order every year designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This health campaign, actually international in scope, is designed to increase awareness about the disease, including the important prevention steps that can result in early diagnoses and saved lives, and to raise funds for research. The campaign got its start in 1985 when the American Cancer Society partnered with a pharmaceutical company now known as AstraZeneca.


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2. International Day of Non-Violence: United Nations

Established in 2007 by a resolution of the General Assembly, the International Day of Non-Violence is observed on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer in the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti): India

This national holiday honors Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), leader of the Indian resistance to British rule that culminated in the establishment of an independent Indian state in 1947.

6. German American Heritage Day: United States

German American Heritage Day was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan on October 6, 1983 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival in the American colonies of thirteen German families who established the first German settlement in the New World, a community on the northern outskirts of Philadelphia later known as Germantown.

9. Leif Ericsson Day: United States

This holiday, proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, honors the Icelandic explorer Leif Ericsson, who is believed to be the first European to land on North American soil.

11. General Pulaski Memorial Day: Polish American, United States

Every year a Presidential Proclamation is issued to commemorate this day to honor General Kazimierz Pulaski (1745-1779), a Polish hero of the American Revolutionary War who was mortally wounded in the Siege of Savannah in 1779.

International Day of the Girl Child: United Nations.  

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child to be observed every year in recognition of the rights of girls and to raise awareness of the situation of girls around the world.

12. Columbus Day observed: United States

This is the day set aside for observing the anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World. Columbus Day is a national holiday that has come to be especially important to Italian Americans.

16. Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1844-1887): American Indian (Northern Piute)

Writer and lecturer. While working as an interpreter, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins observed the injustices perpetrated against her people by federal officials. Her book Life among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883) blended autobiography, history, and ethnographic description with advocacy of the Piute claim to autonomy and to ownership of their homelands.

24. United Nations Day: United Nations

This day commemorates the founding of the United Nations in 1945. The term United Nations was coined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II to describe the Allied countries that were at war with the Axis countries. Five of those Allied countries—France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States—were permanent members of the Security Council that ratified the charter bringing the United Nations into existence.

31. Halloween: United Kingdom, United States

This festival, which takes its name from All Hallows Eve (the eve of the feast of All Saints), originated among the Celts of Britain and Ireland, for whom October 31 was new year's eve. On this night it was believed that the souls of the dead revisited their earthly homes, and huge bonfires were set to frighten away evil spirits. With the rise of Christianity, the autumn festival came to be associated with All Saints Day.




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