On this day

International Coffee Day image
1st October

International Coffee Day

In 2015, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) launched International Coffee Day. Observed annually on the 1st of October, this is a day to celebrate

National Name Your Car Day image
2nd October

National Name Your Car Day

As national days go, this one is fairly off-the-wall but it's all just a bit of fun so join us today in celebrating National Name Your Car Day.

German Unity Day image
3rd October

German Unity Day

Tag der Deutschen Einheit, or German Unity Day, today commemorates the reunification of Germany and is marked by political speeches, a Bürgerfest (citizens'

It's International Vodka Day image
4th October

It's International Vodka Day

Our friends across the pond have given us a reason to celebrate. In America the 4th October is National Vodka Day, so by extension for the rest of us it

World Teachers Day image
5th October

World Teachers Day

Quiet at the back! No sniggering. Today is World Teachers Day, a chance to celebrate the role this often-maligned profession plays in all our lives.

Mad Hatter Day image
6th October

Mad Hatter Day

The Mad Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland wears, as we all know, a top hat.

National Frappe Day image
7th October

National Frappe Day

An American National Day marked annually on October 7th, National Frappé Day is designed to celebrate the blended coffee drink of the same name that's

International Octopus Day image
8th October

International Octopus Day

Octopuses are of course known for their eight semi-autonomous arms lined with thousands of suckers. But this remarkable creature also has blue blood coursing

Anniversary of Che Guevara's death image
9th October

Anniversary of Che Guevara's death

On this day in 1967, Bolivian paramilitaries, working with the CIA, executed Che Guevara, and spawned a thousand T-shirts.

World Porridge Day image
10th October

World Porridge Day

Did you start your day with a bowl of porridge? Whatever you had for breakfast, consider yourself lucky – many others start their day chronically hungry.

Bartending legend Trader Vic died on this day image
11th October

Bartending legend Trader Vic died on this day

Gentleman bartender and gentleman scoundrel, one-legged rumour monger and foul-mouthed Tiki deity, Victor Trader Vic Bergeron died on this day in 1984

Today is National Day in Spain image
12th October

Today is National Day in Spain

Every day's a holiday somewhere, and the good folk of Spain have a holiday today to celebrate their national day - the Fiesta Nacional de España.

GMT's birthday image
13th October

GMT's birthday

Pedants may call it UTC, but to us the time will always be GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time. And it was on this day in 1884 that GMT, or the time in London's

National Dessert Day image
14th October

National Dessert Day

Pastries, jellies, mousses, cakes, crumbles, pies and sundaes. We all have a favourite dessert. But today is the day to celebrate each and every one as

Anniversary of the Land Speed Record image
15th October

Anniversary of the Land Speed Record

The Land Speed Record was set this day in 1997 by Andy Green in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

National Liqueur Day image
16th October

National Liqueur Day

Of all the unofficial National Holidays to emerge from the USA, National Liqueur Day is surely one of the highlights of the calendar.

London flooded with beer image
17th October

London flooded with beer

This day in 1814 was very lucky for a handful of Londoners (though sadly rather unlucky for others) when a 7 metre (23 foot) tall vat holding 610,000 litres

Cravat Day image
18th October

Cravat Day

By order of the Croatian Parliament, no less, today is Cravat Day, a chance to celebrate the humble tie in all its forms and practice Croatian pride.

International Gin and Tonic Day image
19th October

International Gin and Tonic Day

Founded in 2010 (according to Wikipedia) and celebrated annually worldwide on the 19th October, International Gin & Tonic Day is just as it sounds –

World Calvados Day image
20th October

World Calvados Day

The folk at Avallen Calvados launched World Calvados Day in 2020 to celebrate the French apple brandy.

National Mezcal Day image
21st October

National Mezcal Day

Perhaps this page should read 'International Mezcal Day', as although this 'National Day' is an all American creation there are a great many of us around

 National Nut Day image
22nd October

National Nut Day

Happy National Nut Day! Yes, that's right - October 22nd is the day we celebrate these little nuggets of goodness. With a reputation for being the healthier

iPod's birthday image
23rd October

iPod's birthday

It all started in 1979 with Sony's Walkman. The portable cassette player then went digital with the invention of the first portable MP3 player in 1997.

United Nations Day image
24th October

United Nations Day

On this day in 1945, as the world struggled to cope with the aftermath of World War II and a strange new world order, the United Nations came into being

World Pasta Day image
25th October

World Pasta Day

Today is the one and only, official, World Pasta Day. And, no, that's not an internet invention. Today really IS World Pasta Day. And to commemorate it,

National Pumpkin Day image
26th October

National Pumpkin Day

Q: What are gourds afraid of? A: Things that go pumpkin the night.

National American Beer Day image
27th October

National American Beer Day

There's nothing quite like an ice-cold beer on a hot day. Or any day for that matter. So let 27th October, or National American Beer Day, be your perfect

The Volstead Act was passed this day image
28th October

The Volstead Act was passed this day

On this day in 1919 the US Congress voted the Eighteenth Amendment, AKA the Volstead Act, AKA the National Prohibition Act, into law, following a bill

National Cat Day image
29th October

National Cat Day

The purr-fect day for all the feline fans out there, National Cat Day originated in 2005, when US lifestyle writer Colleen Paige took it upon herself to

 National Candy Corn Day image
30th October

National Candy Corn Day

Candy corn - the sweet treat favoured by Americans in the autumn - has its own national day! Typically eaten around Halloween, candy corn was created in

Halloween Cocktails image
31st October

Halloween Cocktails

Ghosts and goblins, gargoyles and graves: it's that time of year again to cut up old sheets, paint on the fake blood, stock up on sweets and make a good