#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

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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.


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.


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.


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 - Celebrate the holiday by watching our spooky documentary, Ghosts and Legends of South Carolina II, which follows the myths, ghosts and legends of the Palmetto State!