October 8

October 8 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on October 8, include:

  • Alvin C. York Day 
  • American Touch Tag Day
  • Clergy (or Pastor) Appreciation Day - October 8, 2023 (Second Sunday in October
  • Father-Daughter Day - October 8, 2023 (Second Sunday in October)
  • International Lesbian Day 
  • National Children's Day 
  • National Fluffernutter Day 
  • National G.O.E. (Growth, Overcome, Empower) Day - October 8, 2023
  • National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day 
  • National Pierogi Day 
  • National Salmon Day 
  • World Octopus Day 

2023 Weekly Holidays that include October 8, are:

  • Active Aging Week - October 2-8, 2023 (Last Full Week of September, or the first week of October to coincide with the International Day of Older Persons on October 1)
  • Cephalopod Awareness Days - October 8-12
  • Death Penalty Focus Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Week with October 10th in it)
  • Drink Local Wine Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Second Full Week in October)
  • Earth Science Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Second Full Week in October)
  • Financial Planning Week - October 2-8, 2023 (First Mon-Sun Week in October)
  • Fire Prevention Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Second Week of October)
  • Improve Your Home Office Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Second Full Week of October)
  • International Sand Sculpting Championship - September 29 - October 8, 2023
  • National Case Management Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Second Full Week of October)
  • National Chestnut Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Second Full Week of October)
  • National Hispanic Heritage Weeks - September 15, 2023 - October 15, 2023 (Starts on September 15 and ends on October 15th each year)
  • National Manufacturing Week - October 6-13, 2023 (Begins on the First Friday in October)
  • National Metric Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Week that has Oct. 10th in it)
  • National Physician Assistants Week - October 6-12
  • National Storytelling Weekend - October 6-8, 2023 (First Full Weekend in October)
  • No Salt Week - October 3-10
  • Pet Peeve Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Second Full Week of October)
  • Rabi 'al Awwal - September 17 - October 15, 2023
  • Simchat Torah - Evening of October 7 - Evening of October 8, 2023
  • Spinning & Weaving Week - October 2-8, 2023 (First Full Week Mon-Sun in October) 
  • Teen Read Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Week of Columbus Day)
  • Veterinary Technicians Week - October 8-14, 2023 (Second Week in October)
  • World Space Week - October 4-10

2023 Monthly Holidays that include October 8, 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
  • Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - October 7-15, 2023 

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for October 5 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

  • 1938 - Walter Gretzky, Canadian ice hockey coach and author
  • 1940 - Paul Hogan, Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter famous for the Crocodile Dundee movies 
  • 1943 - Chevy Chase, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live, Community)
  • 1949 - Sigourney Weaver, American actress and producer (Alien)
  • 1964 - CeCe Winans, American singer and songwriter
  • 1985 - Bruno Mars, American singer, songwriter, producer, and actor (Uptown Funk)

Famous Deaths

  • 1793 - John Hancock, American merchant and politician who became the 1st Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1737)
  • 2020 - Whitey Ford, American baseball pitcher who played his entire 16 year MLB career with the New York Yankees. He was a 10 time All-Star and a 6 time World Series champion

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1824 - Salt Lake City founder Brigham Young marries first wife Miriam Angeline Works
  • 2005 - Actress Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore Girls) marries actor Ben Falcone

Quote of the Day

October 8th is National Children's Day!

October 8th is National Children's Day!

Teddy Bears are one of the most beloved and treasured possessions of young children. 

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

October 8th is National Salmon Day!

Salmon Cakes Recipe and Salmon Sauce Recipe by Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits

Our recipe for October 8th is a Homemade Salmon Sauce Recipe that is great with Salmon.  Kerry used it on her Salmon Cakes Recipe.  You can find both recipes on Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website!

Salmon cakes are a simple meal that can be whipped out in under 15 minutes. They are healthy, delicious and paired with a healthy grain and salad will please even the most health conscious eaters!

This Day in History

  • 1645 - Jeanne Mance opens the first lay hospital in North America
  • 1918 - During World War I, Corporal Alvin C. York kills 28 German soldiers and captures 132 and is awarded the Medal of Honor
  • 1939 - During World War II, Germany annexes western Poland
  • 1973 - During the Yom Kippur War, Israel loses more than 150 tanks after a failed attack on Egyptian occupied positions
  • 1974 - Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement
  • 1982 - Poland bans Solidarity and all other trade unions
  • 1982 - Cats opens on Broadway and runs for almost 18 years before closing
  • 2001 - A twin engine Cessna and a Scandinavia Airlines jetliner collide in Milan, Italy during takeoff in heavy fog, killing 118
  • 2001 - U.S. President George W. Bush announces the establishment of the Office of Homeland Security
  • 2005 - The 7.6 Mw Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan leaves over 86,000 people dead, over 69,000 injured and displaces 2.8 million people
  • 2016 - The death toll rises to nearly 900 after Hurricane Matthew

This Day in Music

  • 1988 - Love Bites from Def Leppard hits #1 on the Hot 100
  • 1988 - Keith Richards plays his first solo, Take It So Hard on Saturday Night Live
  • 1991 - Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden is release
  • 2002 - BareNaked, Jennifer Love Hewitt's fourth album is released (video below)

This Day in Sports

  • 1956 - Don Larsen, pitcher for the NY Yankees throws a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series. They beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-0.
  • 1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers move the team to Los Angeles, CA
  • 1960 - Bobby Richarson hits a World Series grand slam
  • 1978 - Ken Warby of Australia, sets the world water speed record of 275.97 knots at Blowering Dam
  • 1995 - Dan Marino of the Dolphin's breaks Tarkenton's NFL career completions record
  • 2018 - Drew Brees, the New Orleans quarterback becomes the NFL's all time leader in passing yards

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

(bird of passage) n

1. (ornithology) A migratory bird, especially a passage migrant ("a bird that stops somewhere for a short time during a seasonal migration")
2. (figuratively) Someone passing through a place and only staying for a short time; an itinerant

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