#110 October Factoids

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Dates below are from the October 2017 calendar.*

These factoids were compiled by Imani-Grace King, 2017 ETV Endowment Intern (Digital Media/Knowitall)

October 1-31

Visit the Knowitall blog for helpful information on using Knowitall all through the month!


October Observances:

Archaeology Month - View our new Archaeology Collection!

Health Literacy Month - View our Knowitall Healthy Collection!

Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15. View our Hispanic Heritage Collection

National Bullying Prevention Month. View "Project Lead SC." Teenage girls face unique pressures every day. Between issues with bullying, body image, boys, friends and “frenemies,” life during that awkward transitional period can feel like it’s filled with challenges. Project Lead SC is a video series for young women that follows notable women in South Carolina to gather advice about what makes a successful leader. 



On October 3, 1935 Charles Moss "Charlie" Duke Jr. was born. He was one of the first twelve people to ever walk on the Moon as part of the historic Apollo 16 mission in 1972.


On October 5, 1959 Maya Lin was born. She is an American designer and artist who is known for her work in sculpture and land art.

7-13 Teen Read Week 

View the resources in the Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection and see what may be of interest to teens you know and love!

7-13 Fire Prevention Week

View these videos during Fire Prevention Week!

Fire and 911 Safety | Safety City

Fire Academy, Part 1 from Project Discovery

Fire Academy, Part 2 from Project Discovery


International Day of the Girl

View these Series & Collections that place the spotlight on women who have made a difference!


Idella Bodie’s S.C. Women

James Otis Lecture 2015: Women’s Rights

Palmetto Voices

Project Lead SC

Science Splash

Women Civil Rights Timeline from Road Trip

Women’s History Month from Periscope



Women’s History Collection



Women Civil Rights & Equal Rights Advocates

Women Disability Rights Advocates

Women in Aviation

Women in Business

Women in Education

Women in Government & Public Administration

Women in Literature

Women in Media

Women in Medicine

Women in Sports

Women in Technology

Women in the Arts

Women in the Legal Profession


On October 11, 1852 George Watt Park was born. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1988 for his successful business, George W Park Seed Company, Inc.

On October 11, 1918 Jerome Robbins was born. He is recipient of numerous awards including two Academy Awards, four Tony Awards, two Emmy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and the Screen Directors' Guild Award.


Columbus Day - U.S holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492.


On October 13, 1933 Gayle O. Averyt was born. He was a leader in the development of the Republican Party in South Carolina and inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1998.


On October 16, 1888 Eugene O'Neill was born. This playwright revolutionized the American theater with his tragedies, setting the path for other influential playwrights.

Oct. 21-27 National Friends of Librarians Week

Visit our Libraries, Literature & Learning Collection!


On October 21, 1924 Celia Cruz was born. She won the Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album in 1989 and was awarded the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 1994. 


On October 23, 1883 Archibald Rutledge was born. He was named South Carolina's first Poet Laureate and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

24 United Nations Day

Celebrate United Nations Day with these resources from Periscope


On October 25, 1881 Pablo Picasso. He is said to set the tone for all modern art in the 20th century.


On October 26, 1757 Charles Pinckney was born. He is one of the oldest and most historically distinguished names in South Carolina.


Make a Difference Day -  A day dedicated to making a difference in someone else' life. Check our Career Education page to see the various ways you can make a difference!


Halloween - Explore ghosts, legends and lore from South Carolina's past in our Ghosts & Legends of South Carolina series!