October Dates to Remember
LGBT History Month
This year marks the 10th anniversary of this annual, month-long tribute to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights. The celebration coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.
The achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender icons are recognized over the month. Intended to encourage honesty and openness about being LGBT, this observance originated in the United States and was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson in 1994. Learn more
. October 2 Non-Violence Day
International Day of Non-Violence was established to honor Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Gandhi helped India gain independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world. Although he was not the originator of the non-violence principle, he was the ﬁrst to apply it in the political ﬁeld on a large scale. His novel approach brought down colonialism, strengthened the roots of popular sovereignty, and inspired freedom seekers like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Aung San Suu Kyi. Learn more. October 24 United Nations Day (1945)
On this date in 1945, the United Nations Charter oﬃcially went into aﬀect. Originally signed in June 26, by 50 of the 51 member countries, it was enforced after ratiﬁcation by the ﬁve permanent members of the Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States). Learn more.
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