October 23

October 23 Information from the Holidays and Observances website!

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on October 23, include:

  • Event Organizers Day 
  • IPod Day 
  • Lung Health Day - October 23, 2023
  • National Boston Cream Pie Day 
  • National Canning Day 
  • National Croc Day 
  • National Mole Day - (related to Chemistry)
  • National Slap Your Irritating Co-Worker Day 
  • Paralegal Day 
  • Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day 
  • TV Talk Show Host Day 

2023 Weekly Holidays that include October 23, are:

  • Ace Week (Formerly Asexuality Week) - October 22-28, 2023
  • American Massage Therapy Week - October 22-28, 2023
  • Food & Drug Interactions and Awareness Week - October 17-24
  • Give Wildlife a Brake Week - October 22-28, 2023 (Last Week in October)
  • Global Health Equity Week - October 23-27, 2023
  • International Dyslexia Association Reading Week - October 22-28, 2023
  • Kids Care Week - October 22-28, 2023 (Always includes 10/27 - Make a Difference Day)
  • National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week - October 22-28, 2023 (Last Week in October)
  • National Massage Therapy Awareness Week - October 22-28, 2023 (Last Full Week in October)
  • National Red Ribbon Week - October 23-31 (Last 9 days of October)
  • National Respiratory Care Week - October 22-28, 2023 (Last Full Week of October)
  • Navratri - October 15-24, 2023 (Hindu Holiday)
  • Pastoral Care Week - October 22-28, 2023 (Last Full Week in October)
  • Pro Bono Week - October 22-28, 2023
  • Respiratory Care Week - October 22-28, 2023 (Last Week of October)

2023 Monthly Holidays that include October 23, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our October Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of October.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Cricket World Cup - October 5 - November 19, 2023

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for October 23 is Libra which spans from September 23 to October 23.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of October is:

  • Marigold is a Mediterranean native plant and has been prized for both its beauty and versatility. They come in a range of colors including white, gold, and yellow; however, probably the most popular is bright orange.

This year, I used several flats of marigolds around all my vegetables that I was growing.  I also re-potted a bunch of hanging baskets with succulents and put some yellow marigolds in each one for some color.


The Birthstone(s) for October are :

  • Opal gemstones are truly unique, because each individual gem is adorned with a one-of-a-kind color combination.
  • Tourmaline is a favorite gemstone for many because it's available in a rainbow of beautiful colors.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1835 - Adlai Stevenson I, American lawyer and politician who became the 23rd Vice President of the United States (d. 1914)
  • 1905 - Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer who became the first woman to swim across the English channel on August 6, 1926
  • 1918 - Paul Rudolph, American architect who designed the Lippo Centre on Hong Kong Island (d. 1997)
  • 1940 - Pele, Brazilian footballer and actor
  • 1956 - Dwight Yoakam, American singer, songwriter, and actor
  • 1976 - Ryan Reynolds, Canadian-American actor and producer (Deadpool/Deadpool 2)
  • 1986 - Emilia Clarke, English actress (Games of Thrones)

Famous Deaths

  • 1939 - Zane Grey, American dentist and author (Riders of the Purple Sage) (b. 1872)
  • 1978 - Maybelle Carter, American singer (Carter Family) (b. 1909)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1918 - Actor Charlie Chaplin marries Mildred Harris

Quote of the Day

Try Something New!

Life can get boring if you do the same things over and over again! Shake things up now and again by trying something new! 

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

Parents must find new ways of avoiding advertising to children and fight a new class of advertising experts. Your kids are being marketed to in ways that you never dreamed were possible.

To do this you must be educated in what your kids are watching, see what they are seeing, communicate with your kids regularly, and give them other options besides being plugged into media 24/7.

Tips on Avoiding Advertising to Children

Find some specific ways of Avoiding Advertising to Children from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits Website!

This Day in History

  • 1707 - The First Parliament of Great Britain convenes
  • 1850 - The first National Women's Rights Convention begins in Worchester, Massachusetts
  • 1942 - American Airlines Flight 28 collides with a USAAF bomber near Palm Springs, California and all 12 passengers and crewmen aboard are killed
  • 1958 - Ninety nine miners are rescued and seventy five killed during Canada's Springhill mining disaster
  • 1970 - Fueled with natural gas, Gary Gabelich sets a land speed record in a rocket powered automobile called the Blue Flame
  • 1973 - President Nixon agrees to hand over subpoenaed audio tapes of his Oval Office conversations during the Watergate scandal
  • 1983 - During the Lebanese Civil War, a U.S. Marines barracks in hit by a truck bomb in Beirut, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. 
  • 1983 - During the Lebanese Civil War, a French army barracks in Lebanon is hit by a truck bomb, killing 58 troops
  • 1989 - The Houston Chemical Complex in Pasadena, Texas has an explosion that registered a 3.5 on the Richter magnitude scale and killing 23 and injuring 314
  • 1991 - The Paris Peace Accords that ends the Cambodian-Vietnamese War is signed
  • 2002 - Approximately 700 theater goers in Moscow are held hostage by Chechen terrorists when they seize the House of Culture theater
  • 2004 - An earthquake hits Niigata Prefecture in Northern Japan, killing 35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated
  • 2011 - A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands more

This Day in Music

  • 1995 - Yolanda Saldivar is found guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of Latin singer Selena
  • 2006 - The Black Parade is the third album released by My Chemical Romance
  • 2007 - Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss debuts at #2 in the U.S.
  • 2007 - Carnival Ride, the second album released by Carrie Underwood debuts at #1 in the U.S. She receives a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the single Last Name (video below)
  • 2015 - Storyteller is the fifth studio album released by Carrie Underwood

This Day in Sports

  • 1945 - Jackie Robinson signs a contract with the Montreal Royal's
  • 1963 - Yogi Berra becomes the New York Yankees manager
  • 1964 - Joe Frazier wins the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1973 - At age 19, tennis star Chris Evert keeps her WTA Tour Championship by beating Nancy Richey Gunter 6-3, 6-3 in the final

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

(pencil-thin) adj.

1. Somewhat cylindrical and slender like a pencil; also, tall and thin

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