October

October 1 — Yosemite National Park Created (1890)

October 2 — San Diego Zoo Founded (1916)

October 3 — James Herriot, English Veterinarian, Born (1916)

October 4 — Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Ecology

October 5 — Catherine Cooper Hopley, British Herpetologist, Born (1817)

October 6 — Mad Hatter’s Day

October 7 — Henry A. Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture, Born (1888)

October 8 — World Octopus Day

October 9 — Vajont Dam Disaster (1963)

October 10 — Dnieper Dam Began Operation (1932)

October 11 — Big Cypress and Big Thicket National Preserves Created (1974)

October 12 — William Laurance, Tropical Conservationist, Born (1957)

October 13 — International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

October 14 — Timpanogos Cave National Monument Created (1922)

October 15 — Isabella Bird, Pioneering Eco-traveler, Born (1831)

October 16 — World Food Day

October 17 — Oliver Rackham Born (1939)

October 18 — Clean Water Act Established (1972)

October 19 — Research Vessel Albatross Launched (1882)

October 20 — OPEC Oil Embargo (1973)

October 21 — “Ding” Darling Born (1876)

October 22 — Wombat Day

October 23 — Cumberland Island National Seashore established (1972)

October 24 — Antoni von Leeuwenhoek Born (1632)

October 25 — Secretary of the Interior Convicted in Teapot Dome Scandal (1929)

October 26 — Erie Canal Opens (1825)

October 27 — Golden Gate and Gateway National Recreation Areas Created (1972)

October 28 — First Ticker-tape Parade Held (1886)

October 29 — Stanley Park, Vancouver, Dedicated (1889)

October 30 — UNESCO Designates 9 Natural World Heritage Sites (1981)

October 31 — Lincoln Highway Dedicated (1913)